Travel is an industry that changes at a very quick pace.
Here are five things that have changed the way I travel in recent years.
#1 low cost carriers
The introduction of low cost carriers may have changed the travel industry worldwide but in Europe is has been far more successful than anyone would have ever imagined. With over 40 established low cost airlines in recent years it has been genuinely possible to get a return flight for as little as £4. Everywhere in Europe is now accessible even those towns and cities that no one visited.
There is a new exciting way to travel! People now take random weekend breaks to places they have never heard off and have no expectations. They have a great weekend the country gets a boost in tourism and the airline makes it profits.
Low cost carriers are great!
Tom Chesshyre wrote a really good book on European low cost travel you can find it by clicking the link below
I read some stats somewhere that 1 in 3 people use tripadvisor before booking any travel and that the site has over 40 million people visit a month. In my opinion tripadvisor has made hotels up their game and offer better service to make sure their reviews aren’t too bad.
The problem with tripadvisor is can you trust all the reviews? There are a lot of fake ones on there but more importantly you don’t know who wrote the review by this I mean you don’t know their personality or travel expectations. For example, I’ve stayed at some very basic guesthouses and been more than happy and wrote a glowing review. If you put a seasoned 5* traveller who is used to staying in some of the best hotels around the world into that same guesthouse then it’s obvious their review might not be as favourable as mine.
Where tripadvisor excels is in its travel forums. There are millions of people who use the community and travel experts or locals from each destination. So if you’re confused about where to buy train tickets or not sure on some ferry schedules then you can post a question in their forums and generally expect and answer the same day!
#3 social networking
Social networks have changed travel in so many different ways. People in the know can update you about parties or events happening and travel bloggers have an audience to get their interesting experiences and stories out.
I’ve heard about so many different places and even visited a few from recommendations from like minded people on twitter. A social network is like a notice board or rack of leaflets of things to see and do whilst you are travelling.
From a customer service point of view social media has helped too. Hotels, airlines and whole host of other travel providers all interact with their customers and potential customers on social networks, giving you greater access to special offers, deals and allowing you to get quick answers to your questions.
I once tweeted complaining about the lack of sleep at a particular hotel and they tweeted me back offering a full refund! Social Media, if done correctly, has made service and interaction throughout the travel industry much better.
#4 mobile phones
I wrote about what backpacker communication used to be like before everyone had mobile phones. As much as I loathe seeing people constantly staring at their mobiles as if something magical is about to happen, they are a useful tool in the modern world.
There was a time I ran out of fuel in Australia and waited 4 hours for the next car to pass. With a mobile phone I probably could have located the nearest petrol station or town and called a taxi to come and get me and take me to the petrol station.
Having a mini computer in your pocket helps you check everything from weather, directions, hotel reviews and even allows you to make bookings for countless things from table reservations, hotels and flights.
It’s also easy to keep in contact with your travel buddies and arrange to meet up somewhere again on the road. Simply put mobiles are great just get your face out of them every once in a while!
#5 online/mobile check in
If like me you don’t like queues at the airport and often travel with just hand luggage then you will also love the fact you can check in online. I actually have a little smirk on my face as I stroll into an airport an hour before my flight.
All those people queuing and stressing out as I casually go through security and walk directly to my gate with my printed out boarding card.
I love airports, to me they are so interesting and exciting but online and mobile check in is so helpful especially if you are taking a short flight with just hand luggage. I am so happy that nearly all airlines offer this these days.