There’s no denying that travelling the world is one of life’s most exquisite pleasures. Having the opportunity to wander across the globe, exploring unknown landscapes, and learning from diverse cultures is something we often take for granted. With flight tickets now affordable for the majority of society, the ability we have to hop on a plane and visit far-flung countries is relatively recent, and something past generations didn’t get to enjoy. With that in mind, below we explore two vital ways how travel has transformed over the years, and how it’s predicted to change for future generations.
It may be a clear choice for how travel experiences have changed over the years, but the recent upgrades to flight comfort and luxury have undoubtedly taken flying up a notch. What’s more, while once the best way to visit different countries was via steamboat, cruise ships are more lavish than ever, and are once again growing in popularity.
With regards to recent upgrades to flights, over the last 20 years, airplanes have changed from being a means to an end to being something people genuinely look forward to. For example, in-flight entertainment was once merely plugging in some specially bought headphones to listen to a music channel or a movie showing. However, it now features more choices than ever, with a vast array of television channels, movies, and music to listen to, and it doesn’t depend upon whether you’re in first class seats or not.
What’s more, Boeing’s flagship plane is now known as the Dreamliner, because, as Boeing says on their website, it has dramatically improved the air travel experience. The comfort it now offers long-haul customers has revolutionised the experience further. For example, it’s not only more fuel efficient than ever, but it also provides a lot more room for passengers within the cabin and a quieter, calmer experience due to advanced tech which isolates vibrations in sidewalls and ceilings and reduces engine noises.
The Introduction of Technology
Technology has changed every aspect of society and daily life, so it’s only logical that it would have had an effect on travel and tourism. For example, you can now see unique destinations from the comfort of your home, book the location and accommodation of your choice, and even compare prices to make sure you are getting the ideal deal. No longer are you restricted to visiting the local travel agency on a Saturday.
Going one step further, technology has opened up the world for more people. What this means is that social media, in particular, has enabled travellers across the globe to share their experiences, providing pictures and real-time blogging of what they have discovered and what they would recommend for others to try. Expedia’s incredible bespoke tool, for instance, allows tourists to upload their pictures of unique souvenirs from around the world. This innovative application allows travellers to connect with each other to enhance and boost their experience. Simply visit the website, enter your chosen destination, and you will discover thousands of diverse pictures highlighting the world’s most popular souvenirs.
Expedia’s tool also helps travellers save both time and money should they head to the location as they will already know where to find the authentic souvenirs to take back home. Their campaign highlights how technology can be used to bring people together from all around the world, to improve each and every person’s personal travel experience, for the better.
What’s Next for Travel & Tourism?
It stands to reason that travel and tourism are only going to change and transform for the better as new technology is developed. Two must-watch predictions include:
- Space Exploration: For those wishing to explore the galaxy above us, Virgin Galactic hopes to fly customers to the moon and back – literally (although, this particular prediction has been discussed for many years, so it may be a while before it comes true!)
- Alternative Fuel Options: As sustainability becomes a highly sought-after lifestyle change, some experts believe that all airplanes will be running not on traditional jet fuel in the future but eco-friendly options including vegetable oil.