Paper Trail: To Austria and Back Again
Magazines and story books for flight (kids and adult versions) — (We used iPhones for movies and the plane had video entertainment per seat.) For us, the printed versions of the books where the best resource, especially for the kids. It was not just the sheer convenience of the paper version, but we needed a break from the amount of digital media we had available.
Napkins, cups, food containers, individual food packages and drink containers — No digital replacement on the horizon.
Various signage around Airports — Likely digital replacement eventually.
Arrival in Munich, Germany:
Withdrew money from ATM — Paper money. I think we will start to rely more and more on electronic money transfers and the need for cash in your wallet will greatly reduce. I am sure there are examples of why the need for paper money will exist, but it will be secondary at that point.
More food related printed items: menu and placemats — Menu’s could become digital. I certainly can see walking into a restaurant and having your iPad or Smart Phone type device auto connect to the menu. I suppose you could even order the food and check its status. However, the experience would be lost. I like to interact with the waiter.
Rental car contracts, contract holder and a map — We secured a GPS unit so the map was not needed, or so we thought; contracts can go digital and my phone could be used to handle approvals to drive the car out of secure parking lot.
A large volume of printed signage — This option will likely be replaced at some point, but not until they use some sort of renewable energy source.
Germany to Hotel in Austria:
More food packaging.
Road and Autobahn signage — Digital options are easier to change, but durability is an issue. Like we see today, both will be needed.