Back in the good old days when we didn’t use the internet (it seems eons ago, but it really wasn’t so long ago if you think of it), the way we travelled, both the preparation and the actual travel, were quite different to today. Here go a few examples:
· We used travel agencies as a matter of course. Now many of us organize our trips on our own, booking flight tickets and hotel rooms, and we even book excursions, restaurants and spas before leaving home.
· We had fine paper flight tickets. These tickets seemed prone to ripping or getting lost. We took very good care of them and if we lost our tickets, then it was quite complicated to get new ones. Now we ‘carry’ our tickets on our cell phone as a QR code.
· We used to send postcards. Sometimes we even arrived before the postcard!
· We took only the pictures we needed. Knowing what it cost to buy and develop a roll of film, nobody took pictures non-stop like we do now. And there was an advantage: we didn’t take so many silly pictures the way we do today!
· We used roadmaps. Travelers took pride in their roadmaps to avoid getting lost when driving to places. Now we have a GPS navigator in our car that shows us the way to our destination. But I think we still get lost anyway
· We asked the locals at any street corner to recommend us a good restaurant. Now we check Tripadvisor or a similar website before traveling or on the spot and we immediately find out about the best bars, restaurants and hotels and even the price!
So we can say, and we won’t be wrong, that the internet represents a great stride forward in terms of travel … with one proviso: in the good old days we used to enjoy a landscape, a sunset or a romantic evening calmly, without any stress, but now we spend time uploading pictures to Twitter, Facebook or sending out a Whatsapp, and then we have to answer all the comments right away! Shucks! We surely came out losing there!
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