Digital has come a long way in the 19 years since I started my globe-trotting. Back then, the likes of EasyJet had only just launched their website, without online booking. And there was no such thing as Google Maps or TripAdvisor!
Nowadays, I can plan every detail of a trip through the power of the internet and mobile. Below are some of the resources I use for my adventures, along with what similar resource was available in 1997.
2. kayak.co.uk — in my opinion, the best price comparison website for flights.
In 1997 — manually visit different flight operators websites, if they existed!
3. TripAdvisor — popular reviews site, with a mobile app that helps find restaurants near your location.
In 1997 — word of mouth reviews from friends, family and colleagues.
4. trivago.co.uk — in my opinion, the best price comparison website for hotels.
In 1997 — manually check hotel prices or book through an agent on the high street.
5. YouTube — watch destination videos and maybe even learn a few foreign phrases.
In 1997 — TV shows such as Holiday (BBC) or Wish You Were Here (ITV).
6. travelmoneymax.com — a website for comparing foreign currency prices.
In 1997 — buy currency at terrible rates at the airport.
7. Google Street View — helping you find your way around, with a mobile app that uses GPS so you’re never lost.
In 1997 — try to get hold of a paper map from somewhere.
8. Isango — book tours and excursions online.
In 1997 — arrange tours locally, often at more expensive prices.
9. Skype — keep in touch with friends and family at home.
In 1997 — use the hotel telephone, find a pay phone or possibly spend a fortune on a mobile call.
10. Flickr — store all your holiday snaps online and allow users to view and share pictures.
In 1997 — get all your rolls of camera film developed manually.
As you can see, a lot has changed! I’m in no doubt the next decade will bring further changes in the way the digital world helps us travel and go on new adventures.