The rampant rise in fuel prices and the ongoing recession has increased the cost of holidaymaking. People have to plan each part of their break intricately. With a packed schedule and a tight budget, your mind is pretty much occupied. To make your holidays fun, you can use technology. There are several gadgets that enrich the holiday experience and make your breaks more relaxing and enjoyable. Having fun is essential regardless of whether you are headed for stag weekends abroad or a trip with your family. If you don’t have the time to plan each and every detail of your trip, use these technologies to help you out. Here are ten technologies that pave new routes for the holiday industry.
eTickets have been around for quite some time now. Many airlines give travelers the option of booking their flights online and printing the ticket at home. No need for you to leave the comfort of your home to get air tickets for your stag holidays abroad. It reduces some of the hassle associated with air travel.
2. Mobile Reservations
Now you can book flights, travel packages and hotel rooms from your mobile phone. Previously, this wasn’t the case. The widespread use of internet on smartphones has enabled people to access websites on the go. Wherever you are, you can book your trip right away through your mobile phone.
3. Biometric Passports
Biometric passports come with special features. They have face and fingerprint recognition technology embedded on them. The biometric passports remove the inconvenience of your traditional passports besides making air travel much safer for you. Most countries have not yet adopted this technology but you won’t have to wait too long for that to happen.
4. The Internet
90% of the people take the internet for granted. What they don’t realize is that it can help enhance their holiday experience. With the internet at your disposal, you can find out all there is to know about your destination. Find the best places in town to hang out. Plan your holiday on the move by discovering new places.
It goes without saying that the internet has also made it possible to plan and book entire trips online. If you want to travel to Australia, you can buy plain tickets, research and book an Adelaide hotel with Expedia and similar online travel companies
5. Online Translators
You can use any of the numerous reliable online translators available to you. No matter which country you are in, you can translate the local language into English and vice versa to converse with the people there in their own language. In the process, you also get to pick some words from a different language.
6. Cloud Computing
Cloud computing enables you to carry your office with you on your laptop or smartphone. If you are a workaholic, you can take your work with you on holiday. What fun it would be to video conference with your colleagues while on the beach. Make the most of cloud computing and programs such as Skype to stay in touch with your office.
To keep up with the changing demands of holidaymakers, the popular tourist destinations are now equipped with Wi-Fi. Even if you don’t have wireless connectivity, you can use the Wi-Fi available there. In most places, Wi-Fi is complimentary. An increasing number of holiday destinations are equipping themselves with Wi-Fi. Pretty soon, you will be able to use internet anywhere you go.
8. Near Field Communication
Near Field Communication (NFC) is still being developed and it is some time before it will come into common use. Through NFC, you will be able to pay your bills online and check into hotels. NFC will be installed on your phone, enabling you to carry out all transactions on your holiday from it.
9. GPS Tour Guide
GPS tour guides are becoming popular with holidaymakers, especially those who are venturing out into the wild. The GPS tour guide will be your virtual guide on your trip. You can see the most beautiful places in the world without having to rely on anyone.
With GPS, a map is available to you at all times. It ensures that you don’t get lost. Even in a foreign land, the map will point out your position and show you the route you need to take to get back to your starting point.
These are ten technologies that pave new routes for the holiday industry and make holidays more fun for you.