The Evolution of Travel Through Cutting-Edge Tech

Travel is a key part of how many of us grow. It exposes us to new ideas, teaches us new things, and otherwise expands our horizons beyond what we could manage at home. It’s also a pursuit that is in a constant state of flux, owing to its reliance on technology. While it is possible to travel in an old-school manner with paper maps and analogue systems, to maximise an experience, newer systems are key. Taking a look at some modern contributions, we want to explore what’s changed recently and what’s about to change, and how these developments could affect your travel.

 

Worldwide Online Reach

According to GSMA Research, mobile broadband networks currently reach out to around 95% of the world population, but this coverage isn’t what it might first seem. Of the people using these networks, around 40% still experience some sort of hurdle in getting online, and, as we all know, coverage doesn’t mean speed or reliability. In the real world, anyone who goes off the beaten track will routinely experience outages, and this isn’t likely to change anytime soon.

 

 

Solving this issue is now becoming feasible thanks to new technology such as satellite Bluetooth dongles from developers like Motorola. Connectable to most smartphones, this tech allows emergency communications in many more areas than could be reached with traditional means. Going even further, Starlink has discussed adding its network into phone systems, theoretically establishing a method of fast and accurate general coverage, available from almost anywhere with a clear line of sight to the sky. When this technology reaches the mass market, users will be able to browse the net, watch YouTube, check their Gmail, and could even play a quick round of a mobile game in the middle of a desert.

From this point, VPN software could be used to let a connection function just as it would in your home country. This is important because of how different software and websites can operate depending on where you are. Consider a casino game like Rainbow Riches, for example. This could work just fine back home, with the player able to claim access to the 20 payline slot and play it openly. If not accessible in another country, a VPN could overcome this limitation, to allow worldwide play on mobile or desktop. The same would apply to any welcome bonuses or additional website functionality too, over every one of a user’s favourite services, whether that be streaming, gaming or even online shopping.

 

AI to Light Your Way

Planning a trip is an exciting part of the experience, but it’s also a complicated pursuit when factoring in travel time, dates, and cost. In the new generation of travel, artificial intelligence systems are proving useful in guiding according to a user’s criteria. As noted by MakeUseOf, these systems can pull from broad databases of information and find obscure options that travellers might otherwise miss. Apps like iPlan can even export their suggestions directly into Google Maps, to further simplify navigation. The ability to edit your travel plan in real time and receive suggestions from AI-based tools is what really sets this technology apart from traditional paper maps and scribbled notes.

 

 

As for how much you want to embrace these new travel possibilities, that’s an entirely personal question. To some travellers, taking a trip can be about sitting on a beach outside a hotel to unwind for a week, while others might want to brave new and alien landscapes. Both are equally valid, and both have very different requirements from what their travellers will need. For the sake of keeping your options open, however, don’t forget what new tech can bring, and you could take your next trip even further.

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