How globalization and technology advancements have helped connect the world
When we think of travel, we think often to the constrictions of our own country. According to a recent CNN report, only 30% of Americans have a passport. Eastern countries have a lot more travel among citizens primarily due to the railway system connecting various countries. Regardless of which country you reside in, travel does not have to be limited. Globalization and technology advancements have made it possible to travel without boundaries.
How has globalization helped travel?
Globalization relies upon the differences in political, economic, and cultural differences merging so that a more unified consciousness with mankind can be achieved. Though social and mobile media, the world has seen the cultural lines disappear as more and more people embrace the theologies, practices, and languages of other countries. And though the term globalization has only been really been coined in the past two decades, the theory has been around since Plato. Where it relates to travel is this: as the world becomes more intertwined with other cultures it become less and less diversified and “new”. To explain: in times pass a person would travel to a foreign country and would be a tourist of that country unknowing of the language, the culture, or the places in which to visit. This left the tourist with a sense of vulnerability.
However, in today’s globalized society travel blogs, information sites showing the best places to visit such as booking.com and tripadvisor.com and travel guide magazine Perjero.com have made the tourism less of a tourist and more a traveler (they have become apter to enjoy the tip rather learning and seeking as you go)
How has technology helped to make traveling without boundaries possible?
Yes. That is why I run this travel blog to inspire people that travel has no borders. With the integration of apps into our everyday lives, the technology and the information available to the traveler has made my travel more ideal. Granted, a person usually has a bit lower of a knowledge base than that of a native, but with the use of apps, blogs. GPS, translators(Google Translate an example) and smart UX interfaces, the traveler is more equipped to” fit in” than to appear as a tourist on holiday. Yet, it is not just apps which have helped the industry. Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube( let us not forget Pinterest) have allowed persons of various cultures to connect PRIOR o visit a country. This in truth allows for the person who is planning to visit a country to get a crash course in culture, prime places to visit and the do’s and do not’s of that culture.
So why there has not been more foreign travel?
In my observation, two myths have played a tremendous role in the stifling of foreign travel. The first is that the foreign travel is not safe. This is large to blame on the media and other social outlets. Yet, when looking at traveling and security, the technology of securing personal information is heightened, airport and cruise have been optimized to run more effectively, and hotel and resorts have implemented new strategies to their clientele such as fingerprint scanning.
The second myth is that traveling abroad is expensive. I would venture to say that this is more deterrent than that of the first point. However, if you look at the rates of travel on travel blog sites and those offered by local airlines, you will see that the cost to fly is about as expensive as the cost to fill up your car, stay in a few hotels to get your destination( when food, gas, and lodging are factored in) and then to book an actual hotel. In some cases, the cost even less.
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