As technologies break the boundaries
To realize how far the progress is easy, if you’ll look back and remember what the world looked like ten years ago. At that time, to be in a foreign country was much more difficult, and if you had to do it, you can remember how wandered there in search of Internet cafes to stay in touch with friends soap. Now, thanks to the online tours can be booked in seconds, you can find the weather forecast where you’re going to go, and even awkward and bulky equipment has been replaced by compact cameras that shoot high resolution video that can fit in your pocket or even be clipped to a helmet for snowboarding.
Those of us who had to travel pre-digital era, it’s nice to realize how quickly everything changed. But even more interesting to see it from a sociological point of view: how to break barriers, we get the opportunity to travel to almost anywhere in the world, being citizens of the global village. We thought and has allocated as many as 12 of such aspects.
In science fiction novels of yesteryear met the idea of a robot interpreter (like C-3PO from «Star wars»), who helped to establish communication with anyone. Today there is such a thing — for example, a lot of mobile apps like Word Lens function «conversation» in the Google-translator for Android. This technology is still in its infancy, but there are constantly added new languages, it improves, and soon everything — from the simple to the piece of anthropologist — will be able to interact with people anywhere in the world what before was not possible without a third party (interpreter).
2. The possibility of cultural exchange through digital media
Before any electronic devices and photographic equipment has created a barrier between the traveler and the local population. Now the opposite tendency is observed: in the capable hands of a traveler digital camera, laptops, smartphones and other devices to stimulate cultural exchange: you can show your family another country, to record his conversation with the local population — it is a matter of imagination and ingenuity. Sometimes you can just show the local guy that you took his picture and it will be fun for both of you. Sometimes you can trust this dude to your device — on this basis can also be interesting to talk to.
3. The opportunity to be in touch while traveling
You can follow the news, chat with your friends and family: all problems related to Internet connection, solved free Wi-Fi at any McDonald’s. Add here yet and 3G and do not complain.
4. To share impressions about the trip in real time
You can instantly tell everyone about everything: tweets without end, instagram a distant country, to shoot video and immediately upload it to YouTube and your loved ones will know what is happening with you at the moment.
5. The ability to find travel buddies
To contact on the Internet with other travelers at special sites or just in social networks has become commonplace, it kind of goes without saying. And just five years ago to coordinate was much harder.
6. Able to communicate with the locals
The same as with the previous paragraph. If not couchserfing.com and hospitalityclub.com travelers in the world would be much less!
7. The ability to share your location in real-time
Not only that, to tell us about where you are now, interestingly, it can carry more practical benefits — for example, climbers, sailors and those who floated down the mountain rivers is another way to protect yourself. For example, the SPOT can constantly monitor someone else’s location and GPS in case of accident this will reduce search time and speed up the recovery. But of course this in no way replaces common sense and awareness of personal limits.
8. The ability to do things the distance
Of course, to our country, it hasn’t arrived yet, but surely soon we’ll catch up another world. There is already possible to pay bills via the Internet, pay for various services (utilities including). Here’s that damn convenient!
9. The opportunity to earn while you travel
With the advancement of technology we are becoming less dependent on their own location. Moreover, we can support the economy while abroad — so we may be there still and work! There is a whole range of freelance: to write, to photograph, to shoot, to do web design (and indeed any design), editor, translator — Yes, almost anyone!
Internet and a laptop — all you need for the job. How could you think about this five years ago?
10. The ability to manage the company, independent from the place
Until then walked progress! Now you can be super cool and professional even to manage the company without being bound to a particular place. There are many companies, which don’t even have office: their employees are just scattered in different countries and communicate via e-mail, Skype, Google Docs, and get paid to e-wallets such as Paypal.
11. Online map
Thanks to Google Earth you can look at any point of the globe — it’s almost like science-fiction! Anywhere you can go anywhere and to see the most detailed image of the terrain. This is especially true for a different sort of kind of extreme kayakers, who can see where there are rapids, gorges and other objects of interest for future expeditions.
12. A way to plan trips
While all the previous points more talking about how technology has shaped the culture of travel, there are obvious ways travel themselves become more affordable and flexible technology. This online ticket booking and electronic registration, and the ability to plan your trip.