Paper Maps, No Apps: An Unplugged Travel Adventure

Paper Maps, No Apps: An Unplugged Travel Adventure

by Johnny Welsh


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What starts off as a dare turns into a social experiment that becomes a way of life. A young couple creates a fun way to stay connected by disconnecting. Unplugging the phones and being present are the rules. This travel adventure quickly turns into a self-deprecating comedy about bad smartphone habits. Chance encounters and characters met on the road are intertwined throughout.

Is the smartphone addiction phenomenon driving you crazy? Are we relying too much on instant technology? There can be life without these devices, but where is this balance between the tech and physical worlds? Discover how reduction in technology can lead to your serendipitous adventure.

WARNING: Strange things might happen, like conversations and live interactions. You may even develop an insatiable desire for traveling unplugged.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780996307895
Publisher: Bublish, Inc.
Publication date: 06/22/2019
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.47(d)

About the Author

Johnny Welsh has worked as a professional bartender in Frisco, Colorado, for over twenty years. Born in Atlantic City, New Jersey, he has a BA in Italian Language, Literature and Culture from Syracuse University. His latest hobby is twisting bar topics into books which has earned him two literary awards.

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ReadersFavorite 7 months ago
Reviewed by Vincent Dublado for Readers' Favorite Road tripping as a form of self-searching is a theme that is no stranger to literature. The writer ventures into parts unknown to discover and inspire him with new realities he would not find in the corners of his writing space. In Paper Maps, No Apps: An Unplugged Travel Adventure, Johnny Welsh documents his sixteen-day road trip with his girlfriend Kristy Smith into the uncommon parts of America. From Grand Junction, Colorado then back to Frisco, Welsh and his girlfriend return with a refreshed and sharper awareness of themselves, of people, and of places. The interesting rationale behind this road trip is Welsh’s resolve to go unplugged--to eschew any forms of technology so as to revive deteriorating interpersonal connections that gnaw upon society in the age of mobile gadgetry. Welsh admits to going unplugged for at least 95 percent of the duration of the trip. The remaining 5 percent involved using technology only as a last resort like texting his Italian mother who specializes in inducing guilt. The rest of the adventure is a study in the purity of old school practices. Paper Maps, No Apps is delivered in a casual and humorous treatment of places, people, and events. We don’t mind hopping into the backseat to join Welsh and his girlfriend in re-exploring the overlooked wonders and quirks that define the American identity. This adventure reminds us that technology, for all its advantages at making our life connected, can never replace the aesthetics of a face to face encounter and the lessons we can learn in a genuine world.