I am pretty sure that millennials do not have a clue about what a travel agent is. It is true that it is a dying job, and fewer people use their services. However, why would you pay someone else to plan your vacation when you have so many websites and applications that can do the same job for free? From offline maps to itinerary-planning applications, you can plan a perfectly good vacation using only technology. Below, you will find a few tips on how technology can help you with all the planning.
Get Visa Online
Forget about the old-fashioned way of getting a visa. Today, you can get one online. Of course, not all countries have adopted the electronic visa system, but many have. Before planning a trip to the embassy of the country you wish to visit, check if you are eligible for an e-visa. It is a lot easier to obtain, and you do not even have to leave the house.
While some governments have their own official website where you can apply, a lot of third-party companies provide this service as well. And you can do all that in 20 minutes or less. Provided that you meet all the requirements.
Passport Photos Can Be Obtained Online
It is true that a passport can be obtained only in person at the issuing authority in your country. However, the photos can be taken over your webcam. There are plenty of such services.
As you can imagine, there are some guidelines you need to follow, but with a bit of diligence, you can use your laptop and receive your passport photos via mail. Sounds incredible, right?
Use Travel Itinerary App
The AppStore and Playstore contain such applications, and you will be happy to download one. Why? Because that way you can make sure you are not missing anything. These apps have a simple but brilliant function. When you book a flight, make a hotel reservation, or you reserve a seat at an even during your vacation, you usually receive a confirmation e-mail.
The apps in question gather all those e-mails and turn them into an itinerary. You will never miss a flight or forget about an event ever again. Such an app comes in handy when you travel for business purposes as well.
Offline Maps for Navigation
I do not know anyone who uses physical maps anymore, and internet data can be expensive when you travel to a foreign country. That is why offline maps can save you.
Getting lost in big cities may be charming, but the feeling is not the same when you are in a rural area of a country you have never visited before. A map is essential. Of course, you will not be aware of road conditions and all that if you use an offline map. But at least you will know where you are, and that counts for something.
Use a Currency App
Using foreign currency is yet another aspect that travelers worry about. It is easy to get tricked by the locals. Especially if you go to a crowded bazaar. That is why this app comes in handy. You need to update it every time you get a Wi-Fi connection, but it is still better than nothing, don’t you think?
Looking at the way things are moving, you can plan a vacation without leaving the house. Almost. Technology is amazing and is continuously improving. It would be a pity not to take advantage of it. Plus, we are looking forward to seeing whatever things will come up in the future.