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How travel has changed (for the better) through mobile technology


September 10, 2015

We constantly talk about the use of mobile applications for both personal use and for use in the workplace. But how else does it affect day-to-day life? While we may not realize it, mobile has a huge impact on travel. The days of having to rummage through your suitcase and carry-on for you boarding pass are gone. Tickets, travel itineraries, maps, and boarding passes are now all easily accessible by phone. Not only are these available through email, but they are also organized through different apps like TripIt Planner, LoungeBuddy, and Hopper.

There are also apps for keys – Hilton recently unveiled a feature on the HHonors app, which allows guests to access rooms, fitness centers, and even parking garages straight from their smartphone. Guests can check in to their rooms with the swipe of a finger and check out even quicker.

Furthermore, guests can easily navigate unfamiliar territories. Apps, like Google Maps, Uber, and Localeur, can help to access directions, find a cheap ride, and track down fun local events and hot spots.

Forget having to track down the nearest Starbucks or Panera Bread – with mobile hotspots, travelers can access free, secure WiFi from anywhere at any time.  Depending on your needs, there are more fancy hotspots such as WiFi cufflinks, which is an ideal option for business travelers. Wireless travel routers can convert wired networks to wireless or bridge existing connections to form a WiFi hotspot of its own.

Bottom line, if you own a smartphone, (which, chances are, you do) you have a plethora of options in terms of making your travel experience lighter, easier, and quicker.

Read more for details on available apps and view an infographic on the effect mobile on travel.