In the past, travelling individually, with friends or family members used to be a logistic mess. It came with a lot of challenges that discouraged quite a number of people from travelling. Fast-forward to today and with the intensity technology has been embraced in the travel industry, Nigerians can now travel with little or no logistical nightmare. Hence, there is no doubt that technology has definitely changed the face of travel. Read how technology has changed travel over the years.
Decides your destination
Before the arrival of the internet, travelers had to go through holiday brochures at a travel agent’s office, buy guidebooks or take a friend’s recommendation when it came to deciding where to go. Today, it is very easy to decide; you can simply visit a well know travel blog, social media handle, or even browse the internet to know more about other countries and how safe it is for you to visit.
Booking a hotel
Then, you had to look around to search for a hotel to lodge. This was very stressful and time-consuming. This is past tense now; you can book a hotel from the comfort of your room. Even if you find yourself stranded in the middle of the night, you can still call and book a room in any of your favourite hotels.
Staying in touch
While travelling, you can send postcards, write letters and occasionally make a long-distance phone call from the hotel reception, or a local phone booth. Thus, staying in touch certainly wasn’t easy and most people at home don’t expect to hear from you unless it is an emergency. With your internet savvy phone, you can have real-time conversations with family members, friends, and even your spouse via messaging platforms. Hence, no one needs to worry much about you when you travel.
Recording travel memories
Before, you needed the services of a camera man to take photos and videos of your wanderlust. As such, there was a limit to the pictures and videos you could take. But with your smart phone camera, you can take as many photos and videos as you desire. You just keep clicking. You can share the pictures on social media and upload to your cloud. It will be there forever and you can access it anytime you like. Travel memories made easy!
Learning local languages
In the past, there are so many places you could not visit because you do not understand their language. You have to look for an interpreter or a local. Today, all you need is a smart phone and you install Google Translate or iTranslate. With these apps, you can learn the basics of any language and it will help you communicate with the locals with ease.
You will spend less
The result of all of the above is that you don’t need to break the bank to travel, unlike in the past. Armed with the right technology tools, you will definitely travel cheaply.
By Pupwaya Timothy Dibal