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How Has Technology Transformed Travel

by Travelbag on 22 June 2017, 10:06AM

Man has been exploring the world since the dawn of time; the urge to travel is inherent in our human nature. Although our impulsive need to conquer and discover is a fascinating subject in itself, what’s really impressive is how dramatically the travel industry has changed over the centuries, particularly since the introduction of modern-day technology.

From the apes who populated our planet over two million years ago to today’s generation of digital nomads, travel has transformed at incredible speed and will continue to do so with the rapidly advancing, futuristic world of tech.

Check out the latest trends in travel technology below.


Rise of the Smartphone

Put down the printed tickets and forget the face-to-face check-ins: with the rise of modern tech, travellers are now turning to their smartphones for remote check-ins, paperless boarding passes and real-time app updates direct from airlines, as well as hotel booking and online shopping, all available at the tap of a screen.

Our reliance on human contact has been overpowered by handy little smartphones, meaning that holidaymakers are in control of almost all elements of their vacations and journeys.

With great power also comes great responsibility: people now have the ability to contact travel brands directly through social media, not only to make queries, but also to voice their complaints. It’s more important than ever for travel brands to maintain a perfect online presence, with an incredibly professional and responsive customer service team. Reputation, as ever, is everything.

Let’s not forget perhaps the greatest new technology introduction in recent years — in flight Wi-Fi! Thanks to the smartphone, we are now able to remain connected at almost all times and surf the web from the skies.

Wearables and VR

Ever struggled to choose the destination for your next vacation? Well, your indecisiveness may now be over with the introduction of virtual reality. Get a taster of everything, from the coolest cities to the world’s best beaches, using VR. With most phones now compatible with cheap headsets, brands can entice holidaymakers to book their next big trip with this experiential content.

Once you’re booked and on your way, everyone from airlines to hotels are including wearable technology as a part of their service. Many airlines are now accepting smartwatches for boarding passes and using them as a vehicle for additional entertainment, whilst hotels are announcing apps, which can be downloaded to smartwatches, that can control your hotel room. Forget getting out of bed to open your curtains or reaching for the phone for room service. Those days are over!


In a world that’s increasingly enforcing strict security measures, travellers are seeing a rise in the rollout of biometrics. For those not in the know, biometric technology is equipment that can verify people’s identity based on their human characteristics.

Ever been asked for facial, fingerprint or iris recognition at airport border control? This is biometric tech in action and it’s only going to increase as software and gadgets get more sophisticated.

Smart Luggage

Popular with frequent flyers and avid adventurers, smart luggage may not be the most exciting new travel gadget, but it’s certainly one of the most useful. Travellers can now purchase luggage that has inbuilt digital scales to ensure you’re within airline weight regulations, charging outlets to keep your devices topped up and even tracking chips that allow you to monitor the location of your luggage via an app. Many even include digital security systems that will lock your bag if it ever leaves your side.

Advanced Aircrafts

Today’s modern aircrafts have been designed to be as efficient, economical and fast as possible. With the invention and discovery of revolutionary composite materials, many of our passenger planes are 70% more fuel efficient than the aircrafts of the 1960s.

This development may seem simple, but these advanced carbon-fibre materials have enabled airlines to build aircrafts that are both lighter and stronger than ever before, meaning that they can carry far more passengers.

Aircraft frames, such as those used in the Airbus A380, are now made of up of 20% composites, including glass-fibre reinforced plastic, carbon-fibre reinforced plastic and weldable aluminium. These developments have led to the largest aeroplane in the world, with a capacity of 850 people!

So, the next time you book a trip on your smartphone, buckle your seat belt on a plane, or grab your luggage from the conveyer belt, you’ll know just how much technology has transformed travel.

Find out how far the world of travel has come and check out our interactive map tool to explore some of the most iconic journeys in history.

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