Things are changing rapidly these days, especially with tech dominating virtually everything. And while we move forward with positive changes to the travel experience – we must not forget where we came from. And by we- we mean everyone born after Y2K – which by the way, means nothing to someone born in the year 2000 and above. Without further adieu, here’s what people born after the year 2000 will never know about travel. Well, until now…
As (some) of you may remember – there once was a day, when each seat on the airplane did not have an entertainment screen – but they did have a phone. They hardly ever worked, and cost somewhere around $20 a minute – but they were there. Those big, chunky, beige phones are gone, we can’t say we miss them, and we’ll take this opportunity to say hello to lightning fast airline wifi.
Local Travel Agents
The thought of walking in to your local travel agent to book your next holiday seems ludicrous nowadays, but once upon a time – it was the only way. Thanks to the lovely internet, Expedia and a number of online booking sites, booking from the comfort of your own sofa is the new norm – and we don’t hear (really) anyone complaining. But keep in mind, travel agents can work miracles still.
There’s something charming about a printed boarding card – but that’s not a printed ticket. Back in the day, travelers needed to be abundantly organized, ensuring they brought every last inch of printed stub to the airport. There were no e-tickets, so if you forgot it, you were going nowhere. Truly, your ticket was lost. What email? I mean, right? This is yet another oldie we’re happy to put past us.
Let’s be honest – thank goodness for Google Maps. Those born with an internet connection will largely have missed the days of printed maps for roads and cities around the world. Can you even imagine acting like a navigator, plotting your course in pencil, the night before – now? Mobile connections have saved us hours of sitting in queues and driving round in circles – and for that, we’re thankful.
Once upon a time, those truly painful selfies you took would’ve cost at least $35 a roll. And a roll only had about 24 pictures by the way. Once upon a time, there were NO REDO’s – so whatever you took was whatever you got. And sometimes, to no fault of your own, the film would be expired, and you’d get nothing. So next time you line up that perfect selfie, take a moment to think how many people spent fortunes at the same location. You’re welcome.
Yelp, TripAdvisor, Zagat, Fodors, Lonely Planet – HAH! Before 2000, only Zagat and Fodors existed, and they were in print. If you wanted to know where the cool bars, restaurants and attractions were- you needed to hope they’d still be cool years later from when the books were printed! Finding the new “cronut” or other of the moment trends didn’t exist – so exploring was a real “thing”. Again, you’re welcome.
Social media has revolutionized travel, and minus selfie sticks, it’s; mostly for the better. “I’ll be in Los Angeles next week, anyone going to be around?”. Instantly – recommendations, places to stay and great trip ideas. But before, you may have been in the same city as a close friend and had no idea. It’s not like roaming packages where a thing back then – cellphones barely were!