Technology can influence your travels; the days of pulling out a map, cramming your iPod into your bag, and having a last-minute scan of your translation book are over. Technology has now made traveling easier and more accessible than ever. 87% of people in India now book their entire trip through their phone. Also, 33% of millennials are prepared to spend up to £5,000 on a summer holiday. No industry is growing with technology quite like the travel industry.
Admittedly, the constant technological advancements can be a bit daunting, especially after binge-watching on a few series of Black Mirror. But ultimately it’s making travel more inclusive, welcoming, and convenient.
Here are the top three ways you can use technology to benefit your summer getaway.
1. Accessible information on hotels, restaurants, and airlines.
2. Bridging the language barrier
If you wanted to book a holiday in the 90s, it would involve a lot more risk, time, and effort. You’d wander into a travel agency, and take the word of the agent on the best hotels Spain has to offer.
Now, if you wanted to find out the best value-for-money seafood joint in Barcelona, you have all the information available in your pocket.
Websites like TripAdvisor not only list all the options for entertainment, hospitality, and leisure, they show you how each place is rated — what more could you ask for?
One of the most challenging parts of travel is the language barrier. You can manage by speaking English on a city break in Rome or a week on the beach in Rhodes, but the further you stray from your home country, the trickier it gets. Luckily, apps like Google Translate are on hand to break down the barrier between two cultures. For the single and adventurous, you can now talk to locals without worrying about the awkward silences. Just enjoy the company and let the app do the work. For less automated conversion, try and learn a few handy phrases.
3. It saves so much space
Packing for a trip, especially if you’re planning on being on the road for a few months, can be one of the most arduous tasks in the entire process. Packing all your necessities and staying underneath that critical 20 kg limit takes careful preparation. But, thanks to modern innovation, you can make space for some more exciting items.
Whilst you previously had to squeeze your favorite few novels into a small crevice, you now have endless books available on the compact size of a kindle. With other apps available such as Spotify and eBooks, you have hours of entertainment on the screen of your phone.
So, that’s some of the few ways that technology can influence your travels. I’m not suggesting you need to dismiss the romantic traditions of travel. After all, there are few better feelings than settling down with a book next to the ocean, but embracing technology can give you more time to enjoy the sights of your dream destination. But with recent reports suggesting we spend a day a week on our phones, just remember to have some downtime.