5 Ways Travel Has Changed This Decade

5 Ways Travel Has Changed This Decade


Aliza Gulab: People are traveling
now more than ever before. With a computer in hand,
consumers have control over what we want to
see, where we want to go, and how we choose to get there. Thanks to the drop in the
cost of air travel … Oh, wait. You didn’t know? Take a look at this chart. Airline travel is close to
the cheapest it’s ever been. The average ticket price
has decreased since 1980. And the massive rise of social media means wanderlust-worthy travel inspo is right at our fingertips. As we continue to flock to the
skies and explore the world, we’re changing the way we do it. Here are just a few ways
travel has changed this decade. 800 people signed up to
host when the website Airbedandbreakfast.com first launched, and there were 80 guest arrivals. Fast-forward 11 years and
over 6 million listings later, Airbnb has made it possible
for the everyday traveler to spend a night in a
tree house, tiny house, or luxury mansion, all
with a personal touch. The company has expanded rapidly, with its listings growing 100% every year and a foray into local-led
tours and experiences as well as lodging. Look, Airbnb is great for
travelers like myself, who prefer unique and convenient stays for affordable prices, but the
independent nature of Airbnb means it’s not without risks. Airbnb has had trouble with
fake hosts, fake listings, and in certain cities like Barcelona, the abundance of
short-term vacation rentals is driving up rents and cutting into the affordable housing stock. Since Instagram’s launch in 2010, the rise of travel
bloggers and photographers with mass followings on the
platform has transformed the way the average
person experiences travel. If you follow a travel influencer who constantly posts pictures
of their perfect vacations, chances are you’re
scrolling through their page looking for inspiration and thinking, “How can I be there, right now?” Influencers can fund their
lavish-looking lifestyles by working with brands and
hotels around the world, exchanging exposure for a place to stay, although the industry has its drawbacks. It’s great that
off-the-beaten destinations are getting some attention
from social media, but when crowds flock to one
destination, it can get ruined. There’s even a growing
movement against geotagging on the platform to avoid
“spoiling” low-traffic locations. Other downsides of travel influencers can include misleading
representations of places, like these famous gates in Bali, which tourists flock to for
a perfect Instagram picture. Seems like they could be the
entrance to a grand temple. But did you know these “famous” gates are actually just the
entrance to a golf resort? Yeah. And please don’t put yourself
in any dangerous situations to visit a place just for a selfie. The FOMO we gain from scrolling
through Instagram feeds isn’t always worth it. Travel influencers can be a
great source of inspiration, but for the average traveler, they can’t replace research and education. With such a massive
increase in overall travel over the past decade, jet
travel and development have caused some environmental issues. It’s important, then, that
some people are putting more of an emphasis on
visiting countries responsibly. Sustainable tourism
basically means a traveler respects the environment,
cultural heritage, and people of the destination
they are visiting. Ecotourism is one element
of sustainable travel that brings in a lot of revenue. A lot of Kenya’s tourism revenue comes from the wildlife tourism. In return, this money can be used to care for the natural environment
and surroundings and for efforts such as
saving endangered species like black rhinos. But wildlife tourism can also be bad for endangered animals like cheetahs. Research shows that cheetahs
find it harder to produce cubs in areas that receive a lot of tourists, even if they’re in protected areas. And while some reserves, like Maasai Mara, make a popular tourist destination, travel accommodations
are being prioritized over natural habitats, which
ensures a good experience for humans but takes
away a home for animals. On the other hand, now,
with more awareness on environmental issues
like climate change, some travelers and companies are pushing for more sustainable
methods of transportation and opting for slower travel to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Air travel is accountable for about 2.5% of global carbon dioxide emissions, and using the railroad is one
way to travel long distances without releasing as many emissions. Slower travel like this allows people to spend more time in places and really be able to
enjoy their experiences. You may have noticed
more people are traveling during the winter months. This means two things. During winter, instead of
flocking from the cold weather to warmer destinations,
travelers are more interested in experiencing other countries
during the cold months and even seeing how the holidays are celebrated in other cultures. Finland, a top winter destination, continues to see growth
in tourism each year. Another reason to travel during the winter is because it’s considered “off-season,” which means travelers can avoid high prices and large crowds. In 2017, a Qantas Airlines survey found that about 80% of Americans would consider traveling
during the winter. It’s just more relaxing with less crowds. And, hey, by saving on
airfare, you’ll have extra cash to indulge in more food and
activities during your vacation. You ever wish you had
the freedom to travel all the time and still make money? This is a reality for
millions of digital nomads, who work remotely and
make their own schedule in order to live and travel more freely. MBO Partners found in 2018
that 4.8 million US citizens identify themselves as digital nomads. Digital nomads aren’t
always full-time travelers. Some simply prefer to
live in a lower-cost area than the place where they work. But companies like Remote Year, which coordinates mid-term stays in a variety of cities around the world for remote professionals, are
making the dream of traveling and living around the world a reality. So, with all of the
ways the travel industry has changed and expanded, what’s on your travel bucket
list for the next decade? Let us know in the comments below.

35 thoughts on “5 Ways Travel Has Changed This Decade

  1. 3:03 This temple gate in Bali is REAL. I've been there. You can google "Lempuyang Temple". It's one of the most beautiful temples in Bali. However, I don't know about this place 3:17 because they are not in the same place

  2. In the future most jobs will be remote jobs which will allow a lot more people to travel often 🙂 excited for that

  3. Love that you talk so much about travelling the world but show charts on only domestic flights at the start
    Very smart

  4. Huh? What are you talking about? 2:56 is the gate (candi bentar) to an actual temple, Pura Lempuyang. Certainly NOT a golf course.

  5. Traveling in my opinion isn't as difficult as it once was and you don't have to be rich. Careful planning and finding deals ahead of time. Some places in the world you will need to have quite a good amount of money but that shouldn't stop you.

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