Technology changes travel

Recent changes in technology affect everyone involved with travel—from the business and leisure traveler to members of the travel industry.

Staying connected while traveling

The increase in computer usage and growth of the Internet are responsible for many of these changes. No longer is the traveler’s first thought to contact a travel agent.  Instead time is spent in front a computer screen or using a handheld wireless device to explore travel, lodging, and attraction options. 

Free flight : from airline hell to a new age of travel
James Fallows.
New York : PublicAffairs, c2001.
Fallows, a correspondent for Atlantic Monthly, explores future trends in commercial aviation technology that may make airline travel easier and quicker than the current hub system. He focuses on three separate groups of innovators who are developing a NASA small plane research program, a small airplane with a parachute for the entire plane, and an inexpensive jet plane for air taxi services. c. Book News Inc.

With the advent of the e-ticket, the traveler need only use the computer to select the best flight and enter a credit card number. The ease of e-ticketing, along with advances that safeguard personal and credit card information, are two examples of technology’s impact on today’s travelers.

Flying blind
by Michael A. Smerconish ; foreword by Senator Arlen Specter.
Philadelphia : Running Press, c2004.
  1. Includes bibliographical references (p. 216-227) and index.
  2. "Interviews and commentary about airline security post-9/11"--disc label.

Heightened security is a part of today’s travel. Technology provides increasingly sophisticated software programs to quickly scan luggage and travelers.  Other software is now available to detect people going the wrong direction at entry or exit points. 

Technology changes the way travelers spend their time in the air and on the ground. 

The rough guide to the iPad
by Peter Buckley.
London : Rough Guides ; London ; New York, NY : Penguin Group, 2010.
The Rough Guide to the iPad is the ultimate companion to the revolutionary Apple iPad. Making sure you get the most out of your newest toy, the guide provides full coverage of the latest Apple software and hardware advances, including the iPad’s multitouch screen, the new iBookstore and the iPad’s unique email system. There’s also comprehensive coverage of all those Apple features you already can’t live without: web surfing, movie and music downloading and the hundreds of apps in the Apple app store. The Rough Guide to the iPad is the very first Rough Guide to be published in full colour – helping you from buying the right model of iPad and getting the best deal to customising your settings and spending safely online. Whether you were first in line at the Apple store on release day or are simply fantasising about buying your own, The Rough Guide to the iPad is the book for you.
iPhone : the missing manual
David Pogue.
Farnham ; Sebastopol, Calif. : O'Reilly, c2010

With multitasking and more than a 100 other new features, iPhone 4.0 is a real treat, cooked up with Apple's traditional secret sauce of simplicity, intelligence, and whimsy.iPhone: The Missing Manualgives you a guided tour of everything the new iPhone has to offer, with lots of tips, tricks, and surprises. Learn how to make calls and play songs by voice control, take great photos, keep track of your schedule, and much more with complete step-by-step instructions and crystal-clear explanations by iPhone master David Pogue.

Whether you have a brand-new iPhone, or want to update an earlier model with the iPhone 4.0 software, this beautiful full-color book is the best, most objective resource available.

  • Use it as a phone-- learn the basics as well as time-saving tricks and tips for contact searching, texting, and more
  • Treat it as an iPod-- master the ins and outs of iTunes, and listen to music, upload and view photos, and fill the iPhone with TV shows and movies
  • Take the iPhone online-- make the most of your online experience to browse the Web, read and compose email, use social networks, or send photos and audio files
  • Go beyond the iPhone-- learn how to use the App Store, and how to multitask between your apps, organize them in folders, and read ebooks in iBooks

Unlock the full potential of your iPhone -- with the book that should have been in the box.


For a long time business travelers used their laptops as they flew from place to place.  But now laptops and handheld devices that show movies can provide entertainment during the flight. 

Travelers stay in contact with those on ground using either own cell phones or ones provided by the airlines.

Family vacations in the car are likely to include cd players or gameboys to help the kids pass the time while many SUVs and vans come equipped with DVD players.

Wireless all-in-one for dummies
Sean Walberg and others.
Indianapolis, Ind. : Wiley Publishing, c2010.
Link up, connect, or create a network-with no wires attached!With such an amazing abundance of electronic devices available in our daily lives, wouldn't it be nice to eliminate getting wrangled by all those wires? With this guide by your side, a team of technical authors walks you through creating a network in your home or office-without the expense and hassle of stringing cable or paying a network administrator.Eight self-contained minibooks answer your questions about wireless devices and wireless networks and address everything from hardware security to wireless hobbies and GPS. Clear, step-by-step instructions show you how to link your TV, computers, PDAs, laptops, TiVo, and sound systems to your wireless network. Discover how to configure networks and create a completely wireless environment Incorporate various hardware into your wireless network, such as notebook computers, handheld devices, sound systems, and printers Tackle common security issues and best troubleshooting practices Learn all the basics of wireless computing and how to make it work for youWith this book, it's easier than ever to to create an office or home network on a Windows platform. Don't be a bird on a wire-become a part of a wireless world!

Advances in automobile navigation and communication systems mean  more changes to travel. New car models take advantage of global positioning technology to help travelers get from place to place, locate restaurant information, and contact emergency services as needed. 

The travel industry itself feels the impact of today’s technology. With travelers doing some of the tasks historically done by travel agents, these agents are working to redefine their role in the travel process. Today's agents often make use of the same computer tools as the general traveler but enrich it to provide better personal assistance, pricing, e-commerce, and reliability hoping to get travelers back. 

Technology offers today’s traveler more options for ease, entertainment, and security.  It’s part of the attempt to make traveling a fun adventure again.

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff