Going on vacation can be so exciting and refreshing. Imagine leaving the hectic workload behind and relaxing on the beach in a beautiful country far away from home. Previously, travelling could be said to be a hassle as we had to carry heavy suitcases and search for hotels on arrival. The advent of technology has revolutionized the way we do anything; from cooking to travelling; everything is now easy and quick. Let’s take a look at 4 ways by which technology has altered the way we travel.

  1. Transfer Money

Imagine getting a phone call from home and being informed that your family, a close friend or employee need money as soon as possible. What would you do? With the advancement in technology, you can transfer money online from abroad. You simply need to download an app that allows you to transfer money internationally. Some useful apps are Western Union, PayPal, TransferWise and a couple more. These apps are free to sign up to, and all you need to do is simply create an account and transfer money. Moreover, you have the ability to transfer money no matter what time of the day.

  1. Everything Can Be Done Online

It’s safe to say that technology has made the impossible, possible. Gone are the days when you had to purchase a ticket and be handed over boarding passes; today everything can be done online. You can get e-tickets and receive mobile-check ins before you board a plane. This is also helpful to the environment since the usage of paper is significantly reduced. Moreover, now you can even make reservations to a hotel using the internet. This helps save time because you won’t have to land somewhere and search for a place to stay; you simply get to the respective hotel and enjoy your valuable time travelling.

  1. No More Language Barriers

Do you remember when you had to take a phrasebook to the different places you would travel to? Well, you don’t have to do this anymore. We now have some fantastic apps that help us learn the language of the country we are travelling to. Some apps include Duolingo, Drops, Memrise and more. There are even translation apps available like Google Translate or iTranslate. Moreover, Google Translate comes with a feature that allows you to use your mobile camera so you can get menus, signs, and related texts translated in real-time. Isn’t that amazing? To top it all off, most of these apps are all free of charge.

  1. Take Pictures Using Our Phones

Who can ever forget to take their cell phone on vacation? Previously we had to carry bulky and unattractive cameras with us to take pictures when travelling; with the creation of mobile phones, we practically reduced the number of items we would need to fit in our suitcases like a camera, CD player, flashlight, a book, and more. We can take great pictures using our phones and even use apps to aid in editing photos so we can get that perfect Instagram photo.