What would travel be like without internet?


Well, not travel per se. I know some people even travel for the purpose of getting off the grid. But imagine travel planning without the internet.

It’s a question that occurred to me because I’ve been having internet issues for the past 3 days and the end isn’t in sight yet. (It absolutely sucks, but it’s a first-world problem for a person in a third-world country so I feel like I shouldn’t complain too much.) I am currently camped out in a cousin’s kitchen, hitching on her WiFi, checking messages, scheduling posts, trying to get a bit of [day job] work done, and basically trying to do as much stuff as possible before my laptop battery drains and I have to go back to offline life.

Seriously, though,ย I can’t imagine planning travel without the internet. How would I catch promo fares on flights and get early-bird rates on hotel rooms? How would I know how to get from the airport to the hotel? How would I plan my itinerary?

I suppose there are travel agents and books and international calls and actually talking toย people and asking them, but then (with the exception of asking people) the whole thing would cost so much more. In a way, I think, the internet has democratized travel, and that’s generally a good thing.

What do you think?

11 thoughts on “What would travel be like without internet?”

  • I have mad respect for my parents’ generation that set off on trips with so many unknowns – it was more adventurous in a way. That said, I can’t imagine planning a trip without the internet! I google maps, hostels, restaurants, transportation, safety, foods to try, basic language lessons.. The list goes on and on. Anyway, I think it’s an awesome tool, but sometimes I wish I had the courage to adventure with so many unknowns like the generations before me.

    • Hi! You’re right, it’s more of an adventure that way! Though it was probably just, like, a way of life for older generations. I think my biggest concern would be the cost, but your comment made me wonder…if money wasn’t a concern, would I have the actual COURAGE to go on a trip unaided by the internet? ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Very, very good points… funnily enough, I worked as a travel agent for a few years, and my mother also worked as a travel agent back in the 80s. One day when I was complaining that everything goes to crap if the internet connection drops out or our computer freeze, she told me to imagine the days when you couldn’t instantly check flight availability online and needed to consult your books and graphs, then call the company and either wait on hold or keep calling back when they were engaged… good point, mum!

    • Absolutely! ๐Ÿ˜€ Though I bet your mum’s mum would also have a “Back in our day” story for something your mum would be complain about. ๐Ÿ™‚ Life has certainly become easier in a lot of respects, though there are a lot of trade-offs too. How is it working as a travel agent? I’ve always wondered. Do you get a vicarious kick out of planning a trip, even if it’s someone else’s? Or is it mostly just like being someone’s assistant?

      • Hahaha she actually did start the story with that exact line “back in my day” which made me really laugh! Working as a travel agent was the best and worst job I’ve ever had… I loved organising all the little details of trips, I worked with THE most amazing team,, and it’s so much fun to spend every day talking about and researching travel. What you don’t often hear about are the crappy hours, terrible pay, extremely stressful situations and insanely high pressure of working in what is essentially a sales job, which is why I left it… pros and cons like any job!

      • Every job has them for sure! I’ve always thought that saying “do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life” was too idealistic. Even if it’s an awesome job related to something you love (like travel!), there will always be times that it will feel like work. I guess the trick is to find something where the pros outweigh the cons. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Yikes, I hope I don’t have to plan a trip with out the help of the internet. I might go the travel agent route in that case, at least check it out though there aren’t many left. I guess I’d use the phone book to call up the chamber of commerce in some towns & see if they’d send me brochures or give me a # to call for some help. I seriously don’t know! I refuse to think about it=)
    But that does give me the idea to take some days off, pack for anything & go where “the road takes me” without prior research but enough $ for safe/clean food & lodging. That’d be fun!

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