Like everything else, the internet has transformed the way people travel. It is essentially a free and accessible travel agent, and sites have developed in such a way as to give the public an unprecedentedly easy time booking vacations on their own. Not only is it easier to do in the past, where would-be-vacationers needed to go through a travel agent or else take a risk making a lot of uneducated guesses about their accommodations.
The travel industry has very resourcefully adapted to the internet. It’s impossible to be a hotel now without having a website, or at the very least there is a range of information about the hotel on another website about hotels in the area. Not only contact and rate information, but testimonials and pictures abound. Before you get there, you’ll have a pretty clear and reliable picture of what you’re accommodations will look like. Just look into it before-hand a little bit, which is much easier to do with the internet than in the days without it, and you’re satisfaction will be assured.
Another benefit of the internet is the freedom it gives you to compare pricings. When going through a travel agency in the past, the bulk of the research was in their hands. It needed to be, since the research then was onerous. But now it’s simple to see the rates of neighbouring prices for the same time, and so you’re in control of your budget. It’s easy to find a wide range of options to suit your budget and the way you like to travel, and you click the one that works best.
Finally, the internet gets you connected to a host of deals and last minute pricings that you would otherwise not know about. If a flight leaves with empty seats, or if a hotel room remains vacant for a night, they lose money unnecessarily, and knowing this they entice last minute vacationers with ultra- low rates.
These will be hard to come across in peak times when everyone is vacationing, but it never hurts to see if there are special rates available. Take the first step by signing up: there are a number of mailing lists that will send you e-mails directly when special offers arise. This is just one more way that the internet has changed the way people travel.
If the internet has only altered, as opposed to transformed, the way people travel, you’d only see a small or medium percentage of hotels and travel packages advertised online. But the fact that they’re all there reliably indicates that there’s no going back. If you’re unfamiliar with the internet, you’ll be happy to learn it’s intuitive and simple to use. And if you’re a serious traveller, you must already know that booking your trip basically requires some time online. It’s a welcome innovation, as it’s never been easier to get anywhere and everywhere around the world! It’s all in your hands.