Does Technology Make For a Better Tourist Experience or Not? The Dreaded Histopad!

Why I think I will stick to using my imagination and some history


Using a Histopad to “see” 1453 Castle © Sherryl Clark 2023

Travel — it’s a great experience. You get to see all kinds of places and meet people very different from those in your own neighborhood. What I have loved most is engaging with history — finding out more about where I am and what happened 800 or 1000 years ago.

Kings and queens, castles and chateaux, medieval villages, ancient caves. Just a few of the things I like. And France offers all of them.

Popular French tourist sites are now also offering the Histopad. (Other places may well have them, too, but this is my first experience of use.)

What is a Histopad? A tablet, first of all, about 8 inches, with a touch screen. Most places I have been offer them free, one or two places charged for them. For the tourist sites, they are helpful. They offer a range of languages, and they have plenty of stuff on them for kids (like finding treasures along the way). I’m not sure how vision-impaired people would be able to use them. There might be a bigger audio aspect I didn’t know how to access.

This is how they work. You carry it with you throughout the site (castle, old prison, chateau etc) and in various…



Sherryl Clark - writer, editor, poet.

Writer, editor, book lover — I've published many children's books and three crime novels for adults so far. I edit other people's fiction and poetry.