3 Ways The Web Has Made Traveling Easier
The web has done a lot to change our lives and the way we get information and connect with people around the world. Understandably, it has also affected how we travel. With a wide range of social platforms and apps available geared specifically toward making planning trips easier through the help of other travellers, going to new places has never been so simple to plan. And once you’re there, social media and other web technology can make sure you have a great experience and behave with a better understanding of the culture around you.
Here, we look at three ways traveling has become easier in the digital age:
Connecting With People And Services
One aspect that social media makes easier is bringing people together who are looking for services or can provide them. The success of services like Airbnb, one that helps people find alternative accommodations, shows that there many people willing to be matched with those who can help make their trip a success.
Car sharing apps and networks have shown a similar trend, allowing people to save money on transport and help the environment by sharing the trip with someone else who is making a similar journey. Finding parking in cities like London can be very difficult, but parking space websites that let you find and book parking ahead of time reduces the stress. You can even find locals who are willing to cook for you through sites like cook with a local.
When you travel abroad, not understanding nuances about the culture can lead to embarrassment. Take the example of tipping at a restaurant. In New York, a tip of 10% on top of your bill would look stingy, and of course, you’d also be expected to tip at bars, at your hotel, and in cabs. In London, a 10% restaurant tip would be acceptable, though a little on the low side. And you wouldn’t be expected to tip in a pub. In Rome, tips are not the norm, even in restaurants. So while your money would be appreciated, you’d be marking yourself as a tourist. In Tokyo, your 10% tip may be taken as offensively generous. Consider apps that help you calculate a tip based on the customs of where you’re traveling.
Back in the day, you may have purchased a guide book for advice on where to go and what to do at your destination Today, thanks to travel advisory and review sites, you can find out far better information from ordinary people, whose reviews you can trust because they are aggregated to give a score. From finding the best hotels and restaurants to choosing what to actually order, these sites can help you make well informed choices at every stage of your trip. Tripadvisor.co.uk is the leading option for travel reviews.