“Panta Rei” is a phrase coined back in Ancient Greece. It translates to “everything flows,“ and its meaning is usually understood as “the only constant thing is change.” This has never been more evident than in our contemporary society, where technology has changed every sphere of our lives.
Traveling is no exception to the rule. Technological advancement transformed our approach to travel. Here is how technology shaped modern traveling.
If you have spent a long time saving money for a trip to a distant land, you want to get the most out of the place. However, you do not know your way around the place, and there is no way for you to know which attractions are worthy of your time and money.
But today we have the convenience of online reviews at the palm of our hands. We rely on the experience of past travelers when picking between two or more places. And sometimes we have the best time in a place we didn’t even consider visiting, but excellent reviews changed our mind.
The first thing technology set to do was to make traveling more convenient. We can all see that advancement has fulfilled that goal. You don’t have to worry about room availability during your trip, as you will reserve accommodation via the internet.
If you don’t own a car or are in charge of organizing a group excursion, reserving the ride has never been easier. Cars these days are more than “just” cars. Most modern transportation services these days equip their buses with Wi-Fi, TVs, power outlets, and restrooms. Today’s vehicles look more like moving houses than ordinary cars.
Breaking The Language Barrier
If you travel long distances the chances are that you’ll find yourself in non-English speaking places. But you’ll be capable of understanding the happenings around you despite not speaking the language.
Long gone are the days of hunting for this particular word or phrase in the dictionary. Today we have spoiled ourselves with translation apps. This little thing in our pockets can speak any language there is. Using one feels like having a personal translator by your side all the time.
The rise of virtual reality is challenging our concept of travelling. This might sound like a scene from a sci-fi movie, but today we can go on an outdoors adventure without leaving the comfort of our homes.
Modern technology gives you the opportunity to hike to the top of Mt Everest or kayak through a waterfall whenever you want. All you need is a smartphone and the right VR set.
You can enjoy indoor tourism with virtual reality as well. The VR Museum of Fine Arts contains some of the greatest masterpieces of all times. And the best part: you don’t have to fight through a crowd to enjoy high-quality art.
The Final Word
Traveling a couple of decades ago was much more complicated than it is today. It required more preparation, headaches, and more luck not to fail. Things are much more convenient now, and we have technological advancement to thank for that. Technology spoiled us with on-demand translators, VR, high-quality transportation, and social media.