Whether we like it or not, technology has been slowly changing the way our world works– almost everything has been more convenient and more manageable. In fact, most things can be done with a click of a button; be it having a car pick you up, or ordering food and having it delivered right to your doorstep.
As we talk about traveling, technology has also made a remarkable impact, and you’re probably taking advantage of that now. There’s the Google maps, hotel booking platforms, flight booking systems, and of course, something essential, such as reading information on blog and website.
All of these have made the traveling way easier than how it was ten years ago. That said, we are going to discuss some innovative technologies that could change the way we travel.
1. Remarkable Improvement in Telecommunications Software
Back in the days, when you go out of the country, you have no choice but to buy international calling cards if you want to call your loved ones back home. These are very expensive and often sold by scammers. That’s why you usually end up with an insufficient amount of time to talk to them despite that you paid a right amount of cash.
Now, as long as you have an Internet connection, you’ll be able to talk to your family and friends for FREE. All you have to do is download app messengers, such as Skype, KIK, WhatsApp, etc. for free. This comes in very useful, especially for those who cannot travel out of the country but would still want to witness a very memorable event, such as weddings. You can watch it over Skype, and you wouldn’t miss a thing. For those who are in a long distance relationship, you’ll always stay in touch and be able to contact each other through these messengers as well.
For budget travelers, this is your golden age. There are a lot of sites that are specially made for travel nomads that would help them rack up their credit card points and be able to find the best deals, to the point that they’ll be traveling for free!
2. Biometric and Electronically Enhanced Passports
One of the most common reasons why people can’t leave their homeland is not because of geography, family, nor memories, but passports. Yes, you heard it right. Based on surveys, humans are capable of overcoming nearly all kinds of a physical obstacle, but no amount of determination and wanting could help them if their passport has been denied.
So, what would be the passport of the future look like? We are already seeing some improvements with our passports– RFID chips being incorporated and other technology. That means biometric data would probably be the next logical carrier of identification. As human screening is slowly being replaced by technology, and because of that, we could expect that the waiting times at passport controls would also become shorter.
3. Self-Driving Cars
Just like smart traffic safety cones, the primary motivation of autonomous vehicles is safety. In fact, it’s the significant difference between cars of today and those of decades ago. Our cars are more self-aware, and anything capable of reducing the cause of deaths via automobile would be a big help.
4. Hotels and Alternative Accommodation
If you’re familiar with Airbnb, are you also aware that this has been possible because of the Internet? It’s a service that allows owners of private accommodation to connect directly with guests, and this has been a very lucrative right now.
Aside from that, even the hotel groups are also creating ways that would allow their customers to check-in using their mobile phones. Everything can be done as long as you have access to the Internet.
5. No Need to Worry About Getting Lost Again
Two decades ago, when you’re in an unfamiliar place, the moment you find out that you’re lost would make you panic and nervous. Things have changed. You don’t have to worry anymore because, with smartphone and WiFi connection, you’ll never be lost, but found. In fact, it’s almost impossible to get lost nowadays, because you can just utilize Google maps whenever that happens.
Chris is a Digital Media Strategy Consultant in Orlando, FL who provides national brands with freelance copywriting, PPC Management Services, and SEO strategies. Chris is also passionate emerging technologies and traffic safety issues.