When we moved to London in 2000. I never thought that I would set eyes on Germany ever again. Little did I know that I will be doing routine trips there a decade and a half later. A trip to Germany is like a popping down to the corner shops. A bit exaggerated but you get my point.
We can fly to many places on Earth within a matter of a few hours and longer journeys take a day at most. It is something we certainly take for granted these days. Just a few decades ago, where and when (exaggeration on the when) we travel was very limited, air travel is relatively new for humanity, first commercial flight being in 1914. Before then we can only travel via land and sea, imagine that! Imagine if you have to take a ship to America, Asia or Africa.
Affordability is also a big factor of travel, over the recent decade, booking a flight has been immensely simplified and travellers have near-full transparency of ticket prices thanks to websites such as skyscanner. Budget airlines also made it super-easy to travel to nearby locations (most European cities in my case) very cheaply. I’m only a few clicks away from booking a trip right now, even if I want to go somewhere tomorrow.
Being an avid traveller. It bodes well that these places are easily accessible and only a few hours from reach. The innovation of technology and communication has made an infinite difference to the friends and relationships we can develop with people all the way across and around the world. It was always hurtful when departing from loved ones in the 90s and early 2000s. We never knew when we see them again or even speak to them again. Now it’s become a normality to just say ‘I’ll chat to you later’. The distance is minimised when there is constant communication.
The rise of social media has allowed to be more inspired to travel and explore. Especially meet likeminded individuals. It’s nice to have friends all over the world. I’m sure that some of you can relate to this.
Not only we can live how we want. we can live where we want. and that’s a total dream come true for me.