Traveling locally and internationally has become a lot more convenient and effortless nowadays, thanks to the many technological advancements that make the tedious visa application processes, ticket booking, etc., a lot quicker.
Today, tourists can easily search for relevant information about their destination online from exploring the best sights, picking, and comparing hotels, booking tickets, reading people’s advice, and the list of items they should take along with them.
People can plan their own itineraries, use their smartphones to contact travel agents, and chart sightseeing on their online phone maps. The development in technology has made it all incredibly simple and even more fun.
1. Easier Accessibility and Increased Connectivity
Back in the day, reaching certain tour destinations took time, money, and effort. Some locations were simply impossible to get to but with the rapid technological advancements in the past two decades, such locations are easily accessible to tourists.
Quality bridges, better roads, more airports, etc., have all contributed to easy accessibility. Most places can also be accessed through the local train, subway, or tube which costs very little and is always comfortable for passengers.
Nowadays, you can book a luxury flight to any corner of the world and enjoy sights and views that were once only a mystery.
More importantly, technology has also increased connectivity. You can easily access your Google maps wherever you are, in case you are lost or are trying to find a particular location to visit.
GPS systems and data connections allow tourists to use their smartphone’s internet facilities at any moment and share their experiences on social media platforms. Tourists can also share live locations with their loved ones for safety purposes.
A more well-connected world has not only made traveling to foreign lands easier but also incredibly fun and safer. You can communicate with your travel agents, friends, family, etc. You can update your social media or even work remotely with internet roaming facilities.
2. Better Internet Access Allows Easier Travelling
Data connections and roaming facilities can be incredibly useful when traveling abroad thanks to the rapid development of internet services.
The world we live in today is a global village. You can explore several destinations, tour sites, delicacies, restaurants, historical monuments, famous streets, shopping malls, etc., no matter where you are in the world.
In fact, you can even go on a virtual tour through Google Earth and see the tour destination for yourself to understand the climate and geographical details just by sitting on your couch and scrolling through your smartphone.
The internet allows you to contrast hotels, compare prices, plan the perfect itinerary, or purchase plane tickets without standing in long queues.
With roaming activated on your phones in a foreign country, you can use your social media platforms such as WhatsApp, Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, etc. You can broadcast live vlogs on YouTube and share with your friends and family.
You can also work remotely in case there is an emergency, and you will be able to stay in touch with everyone. All this is possible with the progression of the internet.
3. Global Positioning System (GPS) Helps with Navigation
One of the most convenient tools that tourists can benefit from while traveling is the Global Positioning System (GPS). GPS applications on computers or smartphones can help you navigate through cities, towns, villages, and even remote areas.
Instead of going somewhere and spending weeks getting to know the location, you can do that before leaving from the comfort of your home. You can check street by street and even shortlist the best places to see without the help of manual maps and compasses. With a few taps on your smart screen, you can navigate around with absolute ease.
4. E-tickets, Plastic Money, Credit/Debit Cards Make It Easy to Shop
Safe, compact, and easy to keep, e-tickets, plastic money, credit, and debit cards are a blessing for tourists who are visiting foreign countries.
After the Covid-19 pandemic, paperless tickets that can be scanned using barcodes on your phone have completely altered the way we travel. It is safer and there are fewer chances of losing your ticket.
Carrying cash can also be a massive stress, especially if it can be stolen at any point. Instead, credit/debit cards are much easier to carry and use, even when you are traveling internationally. With cash, you may have to exchange it for the local currency first. Debit or credit cards can be used at most international banks for cash withdrawal and for payments.
If you accidentally lose your credit or debit cards, you can contact your bank and have them blocked so strangers do not have access to your money. Whereas stolen money cannot be returned or safeguarded immediately.