You don’t really need us to answer that question, do you? Technology has definitely changed the way we travel, amongst several other things. But what has technology changed and how can you, the traveller with cash in your wallet and family by your side, benefit from it?
Thanks to various tech innovations in the past decade, folks can now research, plan, and finalise exotic destinations and travel itineraries for their holidays easier than ever before. Read on..
1. Data Science
Corporations are spending huge bucks trying to monitor, store and analyse data from the Internet. Google, for instance, has all the data about places you visit, websites you search and products you are interested in, from your browsing history. It uses this data to give you personalised search results and displays ads that are most relevant to your needs.
How can you benefit? Personalised information!
You no longer have to search for interesting and content appropriate for your needs all over the Internet. Google knows what you want and brings it right to your doorstep, allowing you to make better choices for your luxury family holidays. Isn’t that awesome?
2. Social Media
Facebook, where you share thoughts; Instagram, where you share pictures; Twitter, for one-liners and Quora, for sharing ideas and information in the form of questions and answers, are examples of social networking sites. Social media has become an integral part of marketing and almost every travel agency worth its name has an active social media profile to connect with you, the traveller.
How can you benefit? Reviews, better troubleshooting, effective customer service!
You have a problem scheduling a flight booking? Write a message on the airline’s Facebook page and chances are they’ll respond faster than email. Do you want to know which hotels are best for your stay? Go to Trip Advisor and read the reviews posted by fellow travellers. There is no longer a sense of suspense about a place. Travellers are able to research and do their homework before they set out on their vacation!
This article tells you how much different travelling is today, when compared to travelling a decade ago!
3. Paperless Travelling
Gone are the days when you would have to carry travellers checks, airplane tickets, hotel reservation slips, concert tickets and other documents. With the exception of your passport, almost everything is scanned and verified using the Internet. The I-94 admission forms in most countries have to be filled online, which means soon your passports could have an online version too!
How can you benefit? Travelling light, efficient check-in processes at airports and hotels!
All you have to do is download the apps for checking in on your smart phone and you are good to go. Nearly every travel destination has good Internet connectivity and decent town/city Wi-Fi towers which means you don’t have to worry about losing signal from your service providers. Read this article to know how smart phones revolutionised the way we travel today.
Credit cards replacing cash, kindle devices replacing books, and smart phones replacing alarm clocks, watches, calculators, cameras, and even laptops: you are lucky to be planning and enjoying your holiday in such a technologically advanced era!