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Techiest Cities in the World?

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by Hal Amen Aug 5, 2009
What’s the “techiest” city you’ve ever logged into on your travels?

AS AMBIGUOUS AS we may feel over the term “flashpacker,” it’s hard to deny the truth that technology is becoming an ever more important element of travel. Sad as it sounds, without a laptop and hostel wifi, I wouldn’t be able to travel at all.

Trips doesn’t usually take its cues from, but we did notice when they recently published a list of the world’s top 10 tech cities. Factors taken into consideration included the amount of R&D undertaken by national companies, the prevalence of free wifi spots in the country, and the surely difficult to quantify “techiness” of its citizens.

Here’s what they came up with:

1. Tokyo
2. Seoul
3. Singapore
4. Hong Kong
5. San Francisco Bay Area
6. Seattle
7. Helsinki
8. Bangalore
9. Munich
10. Tel Aviv

I can vouch for Seoul, even though I haven’t been back since wifi went big. It’s the home of Samsung and LG, after all, not to mention that 95% of the male population age 2-30 spend their waking hours battling each other in World of Warcraft.

One notable omission would have to be Taipei, where many Gadgets Bonafide Flashpackers Should Carry are manufactured. A few commenters also wondered why the Bay Area wasn’t higher up the list, being the birthplace of “tech” and all.

What do you think? Have you traveled to a city that struck you as particularly techy? How big a role does technology play in your travels? Indulge inquiring minds by leaving a comment below.

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