In the bad old days, trotting the globe meant a visit to your local travel agents, a series of paper maps larger than a broadsheet newspaper and planes that seemed more rickety than your gran after her last hip operation.
It was nightmarish, this world before the internet, and it could turn even the most simple of holidays into a game of negotiation as you tried to understand the complex bureaucratic procedures involved in simply travelling from A to B.
Thank the sweet lord himself, then, for the rapid rise of technology. In the space of only a few decades, humanity has created a seemingly endless number of apps and playthings that have made travelling a joy.
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And today we’re pulling some party poppers, grabbing a slice of cake and celebrating the finest examples of travel technology this glorious world of ours has to offer.
After reading this, you’ll be jetting away from the US as quickly as you can.
The first pain is the worst – and that’s why finding a parking spot at an airport feels like a challenge even Hercules himself would avoid.
It’s a bother that Looking4.com, a price comparison site dedicated to airport parking, can help with. This company offers valet parking from a vast range of US airports, and all at a rate that won’t give your credit card a panic attack.
If you need to leave your car at the airport, this company’s your best bet.
The tried and tested tradition communication tool of shouting loudly and pointing will only get you so far in a foreign land – and in many instances, it’ll get you a bloody nose.
And learning a language isn’t just a great way to travel with ease. It’ll help you interact with other cultures on an almost unprecedented scale, and could get you out of a bind or two.
The best language app on the market is also free. It’s called Duolingo and, in bite-sized installments, it can make you proficient in a huge variety of languages.
This miraculous app is no match for a college-taught course, but it’s free, easy to use and will help your linguistic skills.
You’ve been wandering the streets of Paris or Amsterdam for so long that you don’t know if you’re in Paris or Amsterdam or not.
Your hotel could be a million miles away or just around the next corner.
It’s time to crack open Google Maps.
This app has become almost ubiquitous in its use by tourists, and is arguably the most revolutionary invention since the internet itself.
Hotels are pricey, especially if you’re travelling to a huge number of destinations. Hotel Tonight, an ingenious price comparison site, will help you find the cheapest hotel in your area. What’s more, it’s one of few sites that offers prices for last minute deals, so you can book a luxury room at a significantly reduced rate.
That’s our list! Can you think of any more sites or apps that have revolutionized travel? Then let us know in the comments below!