Some things never change, but planning hasn’t been one of those things. Give things enough time, especially something as heavily participated in as travel, and it will naturally adapt. Solutions to almost any problem a person can experience while traveling have been created over the course of a few decades, and today, the rate at which technology advances, more solutions are being made and those travel dilemmas are quickly being checked off the list.
As a child, I can still remember the times of traveling with the family during holidays, so much information and variables unknown as we went along. With one of those large Atlas maps in the car, we would set off to Florida, or whatever other destination mom and dad had in mind, and that map would get stretched across the front seat, mom trying to navigate, while in the back sat three sleepy-eyed kids, unable to do anything but go along for the ride. And then there was the time when my father, brother and I were attending an event in Pennsylvania, only to get lost on the way home, and ending up in Pittsburgh, rather than Upstate NY where we should have been hours earlier. What a joy those days were.
“With a multitude of options available on the market, there is no deprivation of travel technology, should one be looking.”
Fast-forward to today, that type of thing is almost impossible to replicate, unless one was intentionally trying to get lost or wing it, completely avoiding taking advantage of the resources now available. With improved maps, GPS technology built-in to many cars, smart phones, and the variety of aps on the market, there is no shortage of ways to get you to your destination, but also collect an abundance of information about the area as well. So, the question has evolved from how do I find the destination, to which resource do I use to get there; the questions over time had only changed while the event remained constant.
With a multitude of options available on the market, there is no deprivation of travel technology, should one be looking. There are aps that map routes, aps that list activities, aps to find a traveler a place to stay, to inform them of flight delays and seat changes, to highlight resources at the destination, and to navigate airport terminals even. With all of this technology available, I couldn’t even re-create my experiences as a child if I wanted to, those days are gone. Best case scenario, I backpack across Europe with no network for my phone, and disconnect from technology for the time. Otherwise, I haven’t rented a car in the past three years that doesn’t come with a built-in navigation system, no matter how little I spend on that car. So, at the very minimum, finding the destination is a sure thing most of the time.
One has to admit, there was-and is-something about the idea of just going without a plan, and seeing where the wind takes them; it offers a greater sense of adventure. Or to set off for a pre-determined destination, with just a map in one hand and the steering wheel in the other; that’s a good one. Sometimes not having a plan and leaving things to chance is the way to go, but one has to commit to wanting that type of experience in the first place. Otherwise, as much as a person may try to wing things and steer off course, its almost too easy to get yourself back on track in no time, thanks to technology and the abundance of travel aps available today.
If a person did want to travel in a way that saves them times, prevents stress, lines up information, and consolidates the many pieces of information that need to travel with, there is no shortage of ways to achieve this state of organization and peace of mind. Travel doesn’t have to be a stressful thing, but so many of us make it that way by failing to plan ahead. Neglecting to take the time to identify goals for the trip is a sure fire way to ensure that confusion makes its way in and that at some point, wasting time is what a person will end up with. Do yourself a favor the next time you hit the road, take some time to research the aps and software available, and see if it doesn’t make your experience even a little more stress free.