“To Travel is to Live” – Hans Christian Andersen
In the yesteryears, the tourist used to go through a lot of hectic processes in order to travel a place which they desired to explore. With no internet connectivity, people use to stand in line for hours in order to book their tickets for respective places. Once reaching there, they would again be in a dilemma regarding the hotels and restaurants. This was not only time consuming but people also found their vacations rather tiring.
Then entered an era of internet and it changed everything for travellers. All the tiring processes which people used to go through were made simple, smooth and available at their fingertips. People started booking bus/train/air tickets as well as hotel rooms and restaurant table bookings online. The fear of not getting travel tickets or hotel rooms disappeared. Various online platforms used to deliver information like different means of travel and relative prices, hotel room availability along with facilities, the nearby restaurants to the online users were available. These platforms not only provided them with the information but also helped them to do bookings and respective transactions in order to confirm bookings with small charges included for their services.
The Internet has helped travellers and tourists in many ways. Companies like Google, Bing, and Wikipedia help people gather knowledge and information as per their interest. The internet has helped tourists to plan their vacations in the most effective ways and at low cost. Earlier people used to buy maps of the country in order to plan the places they will be visiting and were unsure about the cost which they were likely to spend on the tour. But now, with many tours and travels online booking sites and physical offices, people find it much convenient for bookings and experience hassle-free vacations whenever and wherever they go.
People have started blogging about their travel journeys by sharing information about various places they have visited in order to help other co-travellers. Apps like YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and other socialising sites help people to share pictures, information and upload videos – both live and pre-recorded.
As we are living in the era of digitalization, a lot of innovative products are in the market which helps the tourists and travellers to travel around the world quickly, safely and comfortably. In order to overcome the language barriers, Duolingo which is a well-designed app helps people to learn new languages with fun and experience. Google translate assists in knowing day-to-day words in different languages and helps to translate any sign or menu. The Pilot, a pair of small cordless earbuds, is one of the innovative product which translates conversations in real time from a foreign language to your native language.
During travelling, distance and time are much information needed for any traveller. This problem is solved by Google maps and other supporting apps such as Citymapper. Google maps provide time-distance information depending on the means of transportation like by car or bus/train or by walk. Also about public transports like buses and trains, the details are displayed along with the traffic congestions on the roads.
For staying purposes, online apps and websites like Airbnb, OYO, Trivago, Goibibo, etc. have provided good services and facilities with competitive prices. The sharing economy is a boom and the companies like Uber and Ola are helping travellers to reach their destination at an affordable cost. After the bullet metro trains, Hyperloop, the future of transportation, is going to change the way of travelling by minimizing the time required for long distances along with cosy experience.
Technology is evolving at a great pace and innovations like Virtual reality and Augmented reality is changing the way of looking at things. After wearing VR Goggles, an exciting experience can be achieved by the person who is looking at the world through it. But it’s still not clear whether it will also replace travelling. However, we definitely realize that high-quality photographs and video recordings are vital with regards to choosing where we need to travel, stay, or eat and VR will just enhance that experience.
The feeling of resfeber has virtually disappeared due to innovation in the travel industry. So what do you think will be the future of travelling and the travel industry? Leave the comment below and share your opinions and views as every opinion matters.