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March 27, 2019

4 Ways technology can help travelers



It is not news that technology made its path into every existing field of activity. Everything that surrounds us has been improved in one way or the other by technological advancement. Our lives are longer and of better quality for it, and we know with absolute certainty that it will only get better. Traveling is one other field that technology improved, and we will list just a few of them.

Electronic visas

One of the things made possible by technology is the electronic visa. There are some who would go as far as saying that embassies will soon become obsolete as far as visas are concerned. We tend to agree since more and more countries adopt the electronic visa system every single year. And getting a visa in just a few clicks is no little thing. It is true that there is still a long way to go. Not all countries agree to this system and the ones that do only have a limited number of nationalities that are considered eligible. Even so, the improvement is significant comparing it to let’s say 10 years ago. Surely it is safe to say that this will keep going and it is only a matter of time until the electronic visa becomes the default setting when it comes to travel documents.

Offline maps

You would think that in 2019 we would not worry about having access to the internet wherever we are. However, that is still an issue in some parts of the world. The access is either non-existent or incredibly expensive. But that is why we rely on GPS and offline maps. Not getting lost or not being able to communicate our position in remote locations on the globe is incredibly important, and the contrary can quickly turn tragic. But offline maps help a great deal. Depending on what app you use, you can just download a map when you have access to the internet, and then your device will use GPS for real-time location. It is as simple as that.

Language applications

Not being able to communicate with a foreigner is no longer an issue. More and more apps come up every year, and they are better every time. Thanks to them, the language barrier no longer exists. You cannot realize the importance of this matter until you get to a foreign country and you are not able to ask someone where the nearest pharmacy is, for example. A lot of people from around the world speak a language that is of international use, but you would be surprised how many people do not. And here is where language apps come in. They smash those barriers to pieces.

Itinerary applications

Making an itinerary is something that takes time. You have a lot of information that needs to be put together so that you do not forget about something that you want to do during your vacation. Did you know that there are apps for that? The way they work is pretty simple. All you have to do is feed the app with all the confirmation e-mails, and it will create the itinerary in just a second. Not to mention that you can modify it with only a few clicks.

Believe it or not, the list can continue. You can download offline currency calculators. You can even get passport photos online. You already know about flight and hotel bookings, and reservations are a no brainer. The point is that technology has its hands in everything that is travel-related. Making plans and creating itineraries has never been easier. All you have to do is take full advantage of it.





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