GEORGE TOWN, Malaysia -- When I started traveling overland around developing Asia nearly 15 years ago, paper guidebooks were my Google, and my cellphone -- lacking a fast mobile data connection -- was most useful as a pocket alarm clock. If I wanted to send a picture home, I'd have to find an internet cafe, connect my digital camera and risk getting its memory wiped clean by a hidden virus. More important, before visiting a country I would try to familiarize myself with local customs and cultural and religious sensitivities.
Developing Asia can do without Western 'influencers'
Tough line needed on ill-informed social media and antisocial tourists