When we are having a conversation and try to point out how fast exactly is technology changing, we usually point out to our phones and for a good reason too – They are the prime example of yesterday’s science-fiction brought to life. Today, when you can see every kid playing the Angry Birds in the public transport, glory days of Symbian and the first smartphones seem like ancient history. It is only natural then that, during their lightning fast progression, smartphones made a tremendous impact on our lives. Here, we will discuss how they changed the way we travel.
Every traveler knows that the best possible camera is the one that’s with you in the moment of need. Smartphones replaced bulky cameras as your shooting device of choice long time ago. Although in their infant years, smartphone’s photos were nothing to brag about; introduction of polished apps like A Better Camera, and technologies such as OIS, together with rise in the overall quality of components gave them huge boost, and made us used to top-notch 16+ megapixel shooters on our flagship devices. Not to mention the iphone camera and the ability to make movies with it.They still can’t touch the DSLR quality, but they are great alternative even for some more demanding users, nevertheless.
Your Personal Guide
We are talking about the experience far beyond of those offered by regular navigation apps like Here Drive+, although they are very useful and neat substitution for navigation devices on their own. Whether you are going to accomplish that experience through singular app, or you are willing to use several narrowly specialized ones, you can turn your phone into your personal guide. Search for the famous landmarks, find your way through the foreign cities with GPS, get all the info about the places you are visiting on the web, book the tickets for museums, hostels, and transport – How convenient is to have all of these options just one click away?
Handling the finances in the foreign territory used to be really a chore, especially if you were on a business trip. Thanks to Trippeo, and other expense managers that job became much easier. Now you can use your phone’s calendar to source hotel and flight suggestions, so you can skip eventual manual search. Business users can also use their phone to automatically collect the expenses from the credit card, track the miles in order to calculate gas expenses, save the pictures of the receipts, and do all the post-trip review and submissions.
Your Favorite Pastime
Although there are numerous eBook readers out there in the market, even the companies that pushed them into the masses in the first place, acknowledged convenience of reading a book on your smart device and published apps like Amazon Kindle. Of course, eBooks are only one of the ways to effectively kill your time while waiting endless hours on an airport terminal. As long as you have power source, or at least decent power bank, you can use all the news, multimedia, and game apps as much as you desire.
It goes without a saying that phone should be used for making calls, but given the very high costs of international calls, how much people ever called back when abroad? Ever increasing availability of free, or at least cheap, Wi-Fi access and presence of apps like Skype, Viber, and WhatsApp, made world so much smaller place. Just try imagining how outlandish the idea of making a video call with any entry level phone from anywhere in the world would sound only a decade ago? As much as this change was huge regarding the way we communicate, its impact on business travels was even greater.
In the end, trying to count all the ways how smartphones changed the way how we travel seems somewhat futile, because in this very moment, new changes are being made. Considering the pace of the advancements in the smartphone industry, we can’t imagine how this kind of conversation will look ten years from now. Judging by the current state of travel, we can’t wait to see what’s on the horizon.