Paper Traveler

We are currently watching the suspenseful/scary Harlan Coben series on Netflix: Stay Close.

I can totally relate to one of the characters, Detective Broome.  He is an older cop and his boss is probably about 20 years younger.  They just moved into a new office building with no assigned desks and technology everywhere. 

My detective finds this all pretty irritating because he likes to have paper files and pictures, look at them, and make connections. 

His boss says to him, ‘a cluttered desk is the sign of a cluttered mind’.

At my last job, we had a collaborative office environment and used technology whenever possible.  I was actually fine with that shift, but I get my detective’s point.

We are planning a long stay, for us, in Europe later this spring. 

I am getting reservations to various sites and ‘screen shotting’ the tickets.  I am also taking pictures of all my important documents to store in my phone. 

Here is a recent article from AARP about ‘hard copies’ needed for travel in 2022, including:

  • COVID 19 vaccination record
  • List of medications and copies of prescriptions
  • List of allergies
  • Health insurance information

So, I am also maintaining my trusted paper travel folder.  There is something reassuring about being able to see all our documents in one place and to have a paper back up. 

I’m all for saving trees whenever possible, but I haven’t reached the point where I have full confidence in technology working when I need it most.  I also fear losing my mobile phone which would be a disaster without some paper in the mix!

In addition to my travel folder, I will bring 1-2 paperback books. I always have a load of books on my Kindle app and that is what I primarily use for reading. But I still like holding a book.

BTW, I also happen to keep a paper copy of my calendar and contacts.

I don’t think liking to see things on paper is limited to ‘people of a certain age’.  Everybody processes information differently so a piece of paper now and then is not a bad thing.

As we write, so we build: to keep a record of what matters to us.”

Alain de Botton



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