Technology is something that we all have to deal with on a day to day basis, regardless of whether or not we've got the latest iPhone or the latest Apple Watch to play with. It's everywhere around us, and as we look ahead to the future, it seems as if the digital age that we're living in is only getting to get stronger and stronger - and that seems more like a fact than fiction.
That kind of thing translates into certain cities and towns now, too, with particular places being more 'in touch' with technology than others. Obviously, some cities are going to be quite run down and therefore won't be able to have many technological advantages in comparison to other places, but that isn't what we're talking about.
Some people will naturally disagree with this list depending on where you live, but for the most part, there's definitely a notable divide between the places that we're going to run through. Still, even if you don't care about technology, you can appreciate the 'obsessed' section - because there are some great places to visit.
There are so many things that we could, would and will want to change about technology in the future, but in its purest form, it certainly helps to bring people together. Because of that, we'd like to think that this is a positive list from the top to the bottom.
So sit back, relax, and let us run through the good and the bad of the technology world.
20 OBSESSED: San Francisco, United States - Tech Heaven
San Francisco, and more specifically Silicon Valley, tends to be known for being the hub of tech companies - or at least, the majority of them. Any of the bigger names that you can think of probably kicked things off in the Cali city, and that's just the way it is.
It's a fantastic city in all different kinds of ways, and it's an obvious choice for anyone when thinking about starting up their own company. Hell, just go and look at the work that Google have done - as well as Facebook, Twitter and a sea of other companies of that nature.
19 ESCAPE: Normandy, France - So Secluded
Mont-Saint-Michel, which you see before you, could've been an entry in itself - but we decided to include the whole of Normandy because it's just such a fantastic part of France. It's secluded, the people are nice, there's a nice variation on the weather, and there are plenty of things to do aside from staring at your phone all day.
It also plays a prominent part in the Tour de France too, and while that may be seen as 'technology' by some people, it's more about the thrill of actually following the race with all of the locals.
In short, we just get good vibes from Normandy, and the history behind it certainly helps.
18 OBSESSED: Manchester, England - Perfect For Start-Ups
This may not necessarily be an obvious choice that many are thinking of, especially given that London is just a few hours south of Manchester (MCR). However, the city isn't just known for being a great place to spend a long weekend, because it's also pretty great for start-up companies.
We've seen websites like TheLADbible and UNILAD blossom out of the city, and those are just two examples. Sure, not everyone enjoys their content but you can't deny the success they've been experiencing, and the majority of UK-based sites tend to operate out of MCR nowadays. Trust us, it's no coincidence.
17 ESCAPE: Bora Bora, Tahiti - A Haven
There's a reason why so many people call Bora Bora a 'dream' destination: because that's exactly what it is. The island serves as a paradise that is completely cut off from the rest of the world, and if you want to find out what it's like to live a life of luxury, then try spending a few days here.
In some instances, they'll actually have exercises whereby you'll have to not use your phone for a certain period of time, and once you've experienced that, you'll soon realise that you probably never needed it in the first place. It's a soothing experience in more ways than one, and it's something that everyone should try.
16 OBSESSED: New York City, United States - You Knew It Was Coming
New York City is, well, it's New York City, right? It's just the best. Times Square alone tells you all that you need to know regarding the possibilities in the way of technology, and the city just seems to keep going from strength to strength - as it has been for the last few decades now.
You'll find any and all answers that you need from a technology standpoint here, and in many ways, it's the East Coast equivalent of San Francisco. The city as a whole is vast and brilliant in so many ways, and that isn't only limited to Manhattan.
15 ESCAPE: Napa Valley, United States - Something Different
From one end of the spectrum to the other, we have arrived at Napa Valley. While this is somewhere that's often better suited to those who enjoy the occasional glass of wine or two, visiting the vineyards can be a soothing experience regardless of whether or not you enjoy a tipple.
The weather is always great, it's always nice and quiet, and while it may be expensive to stay there for an extended period of time, it's more than worth it. We'd recommend this as a short getaway to quite literally anyone because it really does allow you to escape.
14 OBSESSED: Singapore - Welcome To The Next Step
All you need to do is take one glance at Singapore in order to see what kind of potential it holds. From the architecture to the clean streets there really is nothing quite like it, and there's a reason why so many companies are flocking there for meetings, building new offices and things of that nature.
From a financial standpoint, it's a no-brainer to think about moving things over there, and logistically, it just makes sense. It really does feel like Singapore serves as the next step in the evolution of technology, if only because of the fact that it looks like it's been created on a computer screen.
Aesthetically, it's perfect.
13 ESCAPE: The Highlands, Scotland - In The Mountains
There's a reason why James Bond fled to the Highlands in Skyfall: because it's safe, because it's secluded, and because it's absolutely stunning. The Highlands go on for miles and miles and once you arrive, we're pretty confident in saying that you'll never want to leave.
One whiff of the fresh air will help you to forget all about your problems, and in the process, all about your life on a screen. The Highlands allow you to become intertwined with nature once again, and that's a really powerful thing for someone to experience at any point during their lifetime.
12 OBSESSED: Seoul, South Korea - City Of The Future
Seoul is considered to be the 'city of the future' and we tend to agree on all counts. The locals there are some of the happiest to be found across the globe and while technology isn't the reason for that, they're certainly making advancements that make day to day life much easier to deal with.
Asia has always been viewed as a great place to develop all different kinds of ideas and structures, but with places like Tokyo and Shanghai, there's just too much inconsistency as opposed to quality. Seoul is a city that gives off the impression of a place that has a specific direction, and that's exciting to see.
11 ESCAPE: Maldives - Expensive But Worth It
You may have to pay a small fortune just to get the opportunity to go here, but when has that ever been something that has slowed down travellers? The Maldives are unlike anything you've likely ever seen before, from the crystal white sand beaches to the stunning ocean surroundings.
You'll often find yourself looking out into the distance and seeing nothing but water, soon realising that you're quite literally stuck on an island with just your thoughts and feelings to deal with and confront. That sounds daunting, but it can be a really therapeutic place to be and we mean that sincerely.
10 OBSESSED: Copenhagen, Denmark - Rich With Architecture
Copenhagen is great as a city break destination, whether you're heading there on your own, with your friends, or even with your family or partner. What some people may not know, however, is that it's probably at the heart of Scandinavian technology when it comes to developments and improvements over the years.
From industrial designers to architecture firms and the bikes located all around the city (yes that is important), the locals certainly know what they're doing. The architecture is probably the most important thing of all, though, with many great buildings from around the world being designed right in the heart of Copenhagen.
9 ESCAPE: Nayara Springs, Costa Rica - Unknown Wonders
Costa Rica is a place that's more well known for backpacking and international football exploits as opposed to straight up relaxation, but that's exactly what you're going to get in you take it upon yourself to visit Nayara Springs.
With the mountain overview above and the trees surrounding you in order to make you feel like you're the only person on the planet that's there, it's a great place to go if you want to forget your troubles. Oh, and while he may not have been here specifically, Tom Brady is a big fan of the country, so that should tell you all that you need to know.
8 OBSESSED: Hong Kong, China - A Whole New World
Sometimes the launch of new developments and breakthroughs in technology can be put down to nothing more than the human mind, but in equal measure, money can play a big role in making these kinds of things happen - and that, in truth, is why Hong Kong is on this list.
While the rich/poor divide is certainly evident, as is the case around most parts of Asia, the people of Hong Kong are entirely dedicated to pursuing new and intriguing ventures in the world of technology. Some may find that a little bit frightening, but we're choosing to look on the positive side of things.
7 ESCAPE: Machu Picchu, Peru - Up And AWay
Take a minute to sit back, turn the brightness up on your screen and look at what's in front of you. Isn't that remarkable? Seriously. Machu Picchu is one of those places we dream of but never actually pull the trigger on visiting, but if you get the opportunity to do so, then take it with both hands and don't look back.
It doesn't matter if you spent five minutes or five hours up here, because we're pretty confident that you're going to have a grand old time one way or another. Even if you just sit and look out at the sights, it's probably going to be something that you'll never, ever forget.
6 OBSESSED: Vancouver, Canada - The Great White North’s Hub
Vancouver has often been described as Canada's alternative to San Francisco, and we can understand why. The Great White North needs a city like this in order to keep functioning, from the beautiful views to the many start-up companies.
Whether it's based on reputation alone or the value of the city itself, it seems like more and more people are flocking to Vancouver in search of furthering themselves in the world of technology. It's great that the nation has a place like this, if only for something fresh and different which is always welcomed in this field regardless of the location.
5 ESCAPE: Turtle Island, Fiji - Home Away From Home
There's a reason why so many rich individuals go to Turtle Island: because it's damn near perfect. Fiji as a whole is a pretty wonderful destination but Turtle Island, specifically, is so mysterious - and we love that.
The fact that we can't tell you every single little thing about it and what you experience there is the best thing of all because it serves as an example of just how cut off it is from the rest of the world. Not everyone is a huge fan of sunny holidays and tropical beaches so we understand if this kind of thing isn't for you, but even if that's the case, you can't deny that it looks pretty tremendous.
4 OBSESSED: Toronto, Canada - What A City
Two of the biggest things that Toronto seems to have going for it in regards to technology is a constant influx of IT firms and an almighty amount of revenue on a month by month basis. Sure, the city itself has a bad reputation in the eyes of some, but it's a trendy place - and that won't cease to be the case for many years to come.
They have the right kind of infrastructure to help build Canada up alongside Vancouver, despite the fact that they're coming at it from two completely different angles. After all, as you'll well know if you're reading this, technology comes in all different shapes and sizes.
3 ESCAPE: Maui, United States - Aloha!
We don't need to sell you on Hawaii, do we? Every single person reading this will be at least somewhat intrigued by what it has to offer as a holiday destination, and better yet, they encourage the idea of being alone with your thoughts, which is perfect for this kind of list.
As a species, we're so addicted to the idea of keeping up to date with everyone, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We completely understand why this has developed in the last decade or so, but that doesn't mean we can't be invested in the idea of everyone chilling out a little bit more.
So head to Maui, guys. You know you want to.
2 OBSESSED: Berlin, Germany - Big And Bold
We've written the tagline 'big and bold' for Berlin because that truly is the most accurate way of describing it that we can think of. It's a daring city that often isn't afraid to take the necessary steps to succeed, which is why it's the central location for most things in Germany.
In terms of statements, the sheer volume of car brands that base themselves in Berlin is a sign of just how highly valued the city is in comparison to other European alternatives. It's clean, it's sleek, and most importantly it's a place that never really feels like it's going out of style.
1 ESCAPE: Cornwall, England - Just Perfect
Cornwall is located at the foot of the United Kingdom and as such, a lot of people consider it to be a completely separate entity from anywhere else in England. That makes sense because once you're down there, you'll realise just how different everything is.
From the old school Cornish roads to the pasties and the fantastic beaches, there's nothing quite like it. Cornwall is your true home away from home and you don't need anything other than the county itself and all of its charming villages in order to have the time of your life. Honestly, it's like heaven on Earth.