How Technology Is Changing the Way We Travel
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Technology is changing the way we live, work and learn. With the advancement in technology, you can now play scratch and reveal cards anywhere, anytime. The travel sector has also advanced tremendously because of digital technologies.
Here are some of the most significant technological changes that affected the way we travel.
Book a Flight Using an Instagram Screenshot
Whether you’re posting pictures from your last trip or just looking for a wonderful destination for your next trip, Instagram has become a vital tool for the modern traveller. EasyJet has now made it easier to book your trip from the social app. The airline’s new lookbook feature allows Instagram users to book a plane ticket using an Instagram screenshot. EasyJet uses geolocation to track the destination, suggest travel dates and show users a few prices. The airline currently services airports in Iceland, Europe and Northern Africa.
Travel Without Travelling
In recent years, Virtual Reality has taken the world by storm. It is now used to provide virtual tours of hotels and hotel rooms. It allows customers to experience what the hotel looks like before they arrive. It also provides travellers with a virtual travel experience. This means that you will be able to sample some of the main attractions that are likely to draw you to a location in the first place. It allows companies to sell rooms, flight tickets and travel products based on the user experience.
Electronic Payments Made Travelling Safer and Easier
Electronic payments allow travellers to conduct their financial transactions easily. You no longer need to carry a bankroll and it’s also a safer spending option while travelling. These payment methods make travelling a lot more fun as you don’t have to carry a couple of credit cards or even stay in the queue for ATM withdrawals. The benefits of going cashless during your trip are enormous. Once fully integrated you don’t have to worry about changing card fraud or changing cards.
Bridging Language Barriers
Not so long ago, there was a need to carry a phrasebook in the language of the place you’re going to travel. Today, all you need is a smartphone and an internet connection. With the support of apps like iTranslate or Google Translate, the times of struggle while interacting with people have come to an end. With innovative technology, these apps now allow you to use your smartphone camera to translate signs or menus in real-time. You don’t have to worry if mobile signal or wifi is not available as 52 languages are available offline in Google Translate app.
Hassle-Free Boarding with Biometric Facial Recognition
The next time you check-in at the airport, you might see a machine scanning your face to verify your identity. Airlines are aiming to improve efficiency when it comes to the way travellers enter and exit the airport. The face recognition technology replaces the traditional boarding methods of showing your boarding pass and allows passengers to make their way through their airport without travel documents.