How can we imagine our life today without being able to book a plan Online, using map application to find our way in a big city and being surrounded by travellers’ communities?
The way, the frequency and the quality of travels have dramatically changed within the last decade. In this post, you will find some trigger points on how technology has changed, is changing and will change the way we travel.
Enjoy the journey.
“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page” – St. Augustine
Since it has been established that the world wasn’t flat, human had the willingness to see what was happening around. Exploratory, settlers, missionary had to work hard to reach their destination. Boats, maps, sun, moon have been very romantic and dangerous ways to reach faraway lands. No nostalgia at this point, some of our heroes are heroes because they had to struggle hard to get major discoveries.
Let’s imagine Christophe Colomb with a Smart Phone in his hand looking for India. Sound stupid, doesn’t it?
So let’s move ahead and jump into 2012 and its ± 2.5 billion Internet users (=34.4% of the world population)
“The Internet is becoming the town square for the global village of tomorrow” – Bill Gates
According to the Swiss Official Statistic department, more than 50% of Swiss Internet users were looking for travel purpose on a survey conducted in 2010.
There is therefore room for different players in the technology’s travel industry. To illustrate the purpose, please find below a commercial video made by AMADEUS – The leading provider of IT solutions for tourism and travel industry. You will see some impressive figures.
3:17 minutes. 1 billion travel transactions everyday. Over 3 million net travel bookings every day and so one.
“The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say” – Anaïs Nin
There was a time when in order to give news to your family & friends you needed to send a telex or, more romantic, a letter. Now the time is to blog. It enables you to give news to family and friends, to share tips with other travelers and meet some “on the road dude”.
As soon as you want to organize a trip and find some tips on the Internet, you will see that it can easily become “a never ending story”. Blogs, forums, adds, communities – you find everything! The best way is to do your own research. Pick what is relevant for you, follow social media and finally be part of a small community of your own interest.
Let’s take the example of globetrotters’ community. I was dawdling on the Internet and I found Kates’blog by chance on Twitter. She is a female solo travel and she triggered my Interest. From this blog, I picked all the one she was either recommending or re-twitting and I began to be part of this interactive travellers’ blog community.
It’s very interesting but it can easily become addictive. Rolf Potts – a famous blogger wrote the following: “The world is as interesting for travellers as it’s always been – but as wanderers we need to balance the utility of newtravel technologies with the quieter, more organic rewards previous generations of travellers discovered on the road”.
TOP APPS AND WEBSITES
“All great travel apps have one thing in common: they all solve a problem you didn’t even realise you had. That said, with app stores bulging at the virtual seams with software claiming to make your life easier, being simply useful is no longer enough for app developers aspiring to greatness. Whether they’re cutting down journey times, pointing you in the direction of authentic local nosh or simply showing you how to ask after a toilet in Swahili, each and every one of our 50 best travel apps has earned its place in this list by virtue of being innovative, quirky or – in a few cases – downright space-age. So browse well, take your pick and get globe-trotting – because with a few of these in your pocket, you may never look at the world in the same way again” – David Clack (journalist)
Internet is packed of sites that provide their “best 10 travel and apps”. In this important flow, some are more pertinent than other.
In the following video, Sonia Gil (host of an Internet show called “Sonia’s Travels), shares in the show today.com her top travel-related websites and apps. It goes from finding a great hotel deals to getting a good translator apps.
VIDEO: Top apps and website
You also have plenty of sites that give good tips:
“A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it” – John Steinbeck
Technology & apps have completely changed the way we travel. By giving the journey its easiness it has also killed the romance of travel. Let’s still leave some room for loosing ourself in a big city or sleep in a crappy hotel. And even more: take a technology break by living our smart phone at home. Would you dare?