Technology has changed so many things in our lives. It has revolutionized communications, education and, of course, business, mostly for the better, but in this post, we’re going to take a look at the numerous ways technology has transformed the way we travel…
Choosing a Destination
In the past, we would have to rely on collecting and pawing through brochures obtained from the local travel agency, or by checking out guidebooks from the library. Today, thanks to the internet, at the click of a button, we can find travel blogs, guides, photos and recommendations in a matter of seconds.
Booking a Vacation
Again, when booking a vacation in the not too distant past, we would have been forced to go to the travel agency and have an agent book our dream trip after trying to sell us all manner of extras. Now, we can not only book online at the touch of a button, but we can quickly compare prices to get the best deals, using price comparison sites. We can also find reviews to ensure that the hotel we’re going to isn’t more like Bates Motel than the Ritz!
Dealing with Emergencies
Time was, if you had a serious accident abroad, you’d be stuck in a foreign hospital, racking up debts until you were fully back to health. Now, thanks to the increase in air ambulance transport, it’s possible to be returned home to the hospital of your choice immediately because these planes have been fitted out with life support machines, cardiac monitors, and well all of the things you’d find in the average intensive care unit of your local hospital.
Learning the Lingo
If you wanted to impress your Spanish hosts or order your French bread in the native tongue, at one time, you would have to have carried a phrase book along with you, spending ages looking up the right words with each interaction. Now, you can speak into an app like Waygo and have it instantly tell you what to say and even how to pronounce it!
At one time, if you wanted to take a snap of the Roman ruins or forever immortalize the image of your kids playing on the beach, you’d have to load film into your camera, wind it after each shot and change the roll when it’s full. Thanks to smartphones, you just point and click, and it’s done. With smartphones, you no longer have to bother with taking your films to be developed and waiting a week for them to be ready either – you can print them at home instantly.
Time was you’d have to send your family back home a postcard or perhaps make a costly and very faint long distance phone call if you wanted to keep in touch while on vacation. Now, thanks to apps like Skype and WhatsApp, you don’t have to go a day without talking to them if you don’t want to, and when you do talk it will be crystal clear!
How has tech changes travel for you?