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, 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 to 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?