Smart technologies are shaping every aspect of our lives, from gaming and shopping to business planning and traveling. For this piece, we are going to focus on how smart technologies are influencing the world of tourism. There are many benefits to consider, as the industry is booming and evolving. But one has to wonder if everything is as rosy as it sounds. Here are the ways smart technologies are changing the world of traveling as we know it.
VR and AR
There are more and more galleries in the world that are becoming more open to the immersive experience that AR and VR provide. They allow visitors to get sucked into historic events, experience the battles and the construction of some of the greatest monuments and architectural wonders, and even witness some anecdotal accounts of what transpired in the past. The wonderful thing about this is that it allows visitors to fully appreciate the history and art.
Furthermore, AR and VR give us a chance to see the works of art and museums without actually traveling, which is particularly useful to those that are homebound for whatever reason, be it sickness, lack of funds, or complications in leaving the country.
Not so long ago, the only way to travel to a different country was to either count on the travel agency to stay genuine and provide you with the best destinations, or to gamble by visiting the places yourself, with little to no information as to what you might expect when you get there. Now, with the internet and the special deals, you can learn almost anything you need to know in order to visit your coveted destination. You can also learn the language, get a translator app to help you, and even go for genuine experience without being surrounded by tourists if you choose to do so.
Social networks and apps give you options that would have been nearly inconceivable a few decades ago. Smart technologies allow us not only to connect to each other but to explore every nook and cranny we choose.
The publicly available information allows us to see which countries are the most visited and by whom. You can plan your trips, business ventures, and so much more when you have access to these things. It also allows us to keep track of any changes, political unrest, or anything else that might alter the traveling experience significantly.
However, there is a downside to smart technologies playing a role in one’s traveling experience. First of all, cookies allow companies to see what you are interested in and to automatically adjust their prices, often not in your favor. That is not the biggest concern, as social networks and our devices getting connected on public networks allow the public and the companies to track where we’ve been and what we’ve done, and not always by our choosing.
This is an instance where we need to educate ourselves in order to fully take advantage of the smart technologies available, without being a piece of data someone else might take advantage of. That being said, the benefits of this technology certainly outweigh the risks.