How travel has changed in under two decades December 6, 2013 View from PGS 501 over Sea of Marmara I have travelled a lot since the mid 1990s. This week I was in Istanbul for the first time since 1996 and I began to think about how travel has changed. Here are 15 thoughts. There are plenty more. This was written while on the Istanbul-Stansted leg of this flight. Then Finding a public phone to call home because hotel phones are too expensive Now FaceTime home Then Paper airline tickets you lock in hotel safe Now Online booking, no ticket needed Then Fully serviced flight with relaxed friendly cabin crew Now Booking lunch five days ahead (Pegasus) and polite slightly frazzled cabin crew. Then Connecting flights with luggage moved behind the scenes Now Six hour turn round between flights Then Language difficulties Now Everyone seems to speak English (thanks internet) Then Water brought to you in a tumbler by the cabin crew Now Buy a bottle of water Then Crew do safety demonstration Now Quirky – sometimes cheesy – videos help keep your attention. Then Free drinks Now Pay for drinks (please have the right change) Then Local food. Now Burger King, Pizza Hut, Domino’s, Big Mac Then Local beer Now Irish pubs Then More expensive Now Less expensive Then Limited choice Now Greater choice Then Travel agents Now Internet Then Travellers’ Cheques Now Credit and debit cards Then Post cards Now Instant sharing on social media There are more I can think of – what about you? Tags:airlines, change, holidays, travel Related Posts The start of a summer of festivals Video report from MKK South Africa The Week in WIMPS About The Author DavySims Producer - Broadcaster - Podcaster - Writer - exBBC Editor - exTEDx Organiser. Author "Podcasting for Journalism Students", "Podcasting for Community Organisations" and "Firsthand Guide to Bled Slovenia" - all available on Amazon. Add a Comment Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.