The travel industry has undergone rapid change in recent years. With more and more globetrotters taking to the skies each year, we see new gizmos popping up on the travel market and new exotic locations being added to bucket lists all the time.
Today’s brand of international travellers are using technology and travel services very differently than they did just one decade ago.
Here are a few important ways the travel world has changed over the past ten years.
1. Booking trips online
Digital technology has transformed the very experience of booking holidays – so much so that nearly 87% of Indian travellers, for example, rely solely on their mobile phones to book their entire trip.
Online travel services have evolved to the point where the need for travel agents has become practically non-existent. Today’s websites allow people to book great flights quickly for cheaper prices and reserve quality services that revolve around their personal itineraries. These online platforms allow travellers the luxury of planning out their holidays with no stress, providing them with options to purchase hotel rooms and rental cars with no more effort than a click of the mouse.
2. Cheaper air travel
The past decade has seen an incredible surge in the availability of budget airlines. Today’s avid travellers go the extra mile to sniff out the best deals through comparison websites and are no longer too invested in airline loyalty. This has created space for countless low-cost airline carriers to rapidly strengthen their foothold in the travel market, allowing them to account for just about a quarter of all flight tickets sold over the last few years.
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3. Enhanced connectivity
The internet wasn’t always the cheap, brilliantly useful tool it is today. A decade ago, internet connections were costly and a time-consuming amenity to own while traversing the far ends of the globe.
Today, with the ever-increasing availability of smartphones and free WiFi everywhere, travellers are free to stay in touch and share their experiences with people they love at any time. Improved connectivity also means you can easily plan the next stages of your adventure on the fly, by checking your favourite travel blogs and forums for advice and inspiration.
4. Researching destinations
Deciding which destinations to splurge your holiday cash on wasn’t always as simple as it is now. Travellers often had to rely on magazines, libraries and local travel agents to pick out their next vacation spots.
As times changed, people began doing their travel research on home computers. In today’s world, travel lovers still depend on the internet but smartphones are increasingly the device of choice. The sources people depend on for information have also changed from travel guides and books to personal travel reviews found on blogs and other social media platforms.
The way we save and share our travel memories has changed drastically over the years.
Gone are the days where you had to wait until you were home from vacation to develop your pictures. And, although people may take it for granted, great smartphone cameras have only been with us for a few years. Social media sites have revolutionised travel photography; granting us the ability to share our favourite moments with everyone we know. What’s not to love? Today’s travel diaries have become a blur of Instagram selfies, filters and brilliantly captured photographs that are enough to make anyone jealous.
So, when did you start traveling and what are the main differences you are experiencing since then?