Traveling in the 21st Century
Travel has taken on a whole new meaning lately, and it only continues to change. What does this mean? It means that in today’s day and age, there are so many more ways to explore this incredible world, it gives the traveler so many more options to really “see it all.”
For example, where you once had to rely on a travel agent to get you from point A to point B (and then possibly points C, D, and E.) Now, you can book an entire trip – from flight to car to hotel to city – with one click. Websites who once only offered one thing, now offer entire packages, without the added cost of a travel agent.
Second, group travel has become way more popular. People are now more open to this nomad-way of traveling and it’s primary benefit is saving money. Renting a house for 7 people can usually be cheaper than a hotel for two. Renting a van to transport you around is more affordable than a standard car. Hostels are more appealing to larger groups because typically it allows the entire group to sleep in one room together, without breaking the bank.
On the contrary, single travel has also become so much more popular. Thanks to popular books and movies like, Eat, Pray, Love, more and more people are opting to book a trip sans anyone else and have just as much fun. While this option can sometimes be a little more expensive, there are cheaper alternatives to help keep costs down. You can find accommodations using online coupon sites like Groupon for things like hotels, cars, and even entire travel packages. They even offer discounts on popular names like Hilton and other big-shot brands.
Lastly, expectations have dimmed down as well. Today, people are happier to just see a new place and don’t necessarily need to spend a fortune on seeing everything, just what they believe to be important. If you ask me, it makes traveling a lot less stressful and a lot more memorable.