8 Ways Travel Has Changed
Through the Years
By Luanne Arevalo
We are so lucky that we are able to afford to travel in this day and age. Believe it or not, there was a time when only a few affluent people would be able to indulge on such luxury. Now, thanks to the internet, the world has become a much smaller space, where everything has become more affordable.
There was also a time when smoking was allowed in airplane cabins, and people clapped whenever the pilot has executed a smooth landing. Here are other ways travel has changed throughout the years.
Having a photo printed for your passport
Years ago, one of the requirements to get a passport was an actual printed photo – plain background, no huge smile, and no hair astray. Said photo would then be pasted onto your passport, where your details would also be placed – handwritten, no less.
Hong Kong was the place to be
Trips to Hong Kong have become quite common, but there was a time when this country was such a big-time destination. It was the top-of-mind for many Filipinos because it was quite near and relatively affordable than most destinations. Meanwhile, those who had a bit more cash to burn would have US on their list.
Booking through a travel agency and getting an actual ticket
These days, you could book a flight and print a copy in the comforts of your own home wearing your pajamas – a far cry from when the only choice you had was to go to a travel agency, queue, then labor over finding the ideal date and time especially if you had connecting flights.
Exorbitant airfares and accommodation rates
Piso fares and similar promos were unheard of and Airbnb wasn’t a thing yet, so if you wanted to travel, you would have to shell out a huge amount of money for airfare and accommodations. Thus, traveling was limited only to a few.