For many people, traveling is all about letting go, forgetting about the pressures of the real world and going offline. However, this should never mean that you forego all technology, especially its ability to make your travel experiences cheaper, more efficient and, in one word, better.
Innumerable people already know this and utilize various technological advances that allow them to be true 21st century globetrotters who always know where to go and what to do.
They Spend Less Time
There is one thing we are all short on, especially when we travel, and that one thing is time. You can always use a day or two. You can always use an hour or two. Well, tech-savvy globetrotters have those hours or even days. How?
Well, thanks to their online searching skills, they are able to find flight connections and last-minute fares that will get the in the right place at the right time. With most countries implementing some sort of an electronic customs process, tech-savvy travelers also skip the longest queues.
Once they reach their destination, tech-savvy globetrotters know exactly where to go for the stuff they want to see or buy. They also get around more easily, saving hours that their non-tech travelling colleagues lose on, well, losing their way.
Another thing that you can never have enough of is money and this is where tech-savvy travelers really hit the nail on the head. With the smart use of tech, they can make insane savings that allow them to travel more and in more luxury.
For example, they use websites where they can book their travels at the best possible price, meaning very early. Some of these sites, like Travel Pay, for example, offer fixed-exchange bookings that are also interest-free, meaning that the price of tech travelers’ holidays never get more expensive by the time they actually begin.
With a bit of help of the old internet and some useful websites, tech-savvy globetrotters can also find super cheap flights on their own. This is especially true if they are not tied to a certain date and are ready to move when the time is right. With Airbnb and similar services, even the lodging becomes so much cheaper.
Furthermore, thanks to technology, these “smart” travelers are able to avoid being ripped off and paying for stuff that is simply subpar. There are plenty of websites where one can learn about their destination, including everything from dining to souvenirs, thus avoiding overpaying for things. Many cities in the world also have electronic public transport passes that are often more affordable or at least versatile than the traditional passes.
They Enjoy Themselves More
One of the best things about traveling smart is that you have a much better experience than the more traditional “offline” holiday maker. For one, you are able to make much more informed choices about where to stay, when to travel and what to expect.
Furthermore, with new tech, it is much easier to capture every moment of your holiday, ensuring you can relive those moments forever. For example, with new, advanced cameras or phone cases, you can take photos underwater and not care if they get knocked around while you are biking or doing something adrenaline-pumping like that.
With translator apps, you can also engage in more conversation with the local people and have them recommend you experiences that you would never discover on your own.
And these are just a few examples.
In short, if you are planning your next holiday, you might want to consider making it more tech-inclusive than before. You might just end up having a superior experience.