INFOGRAPHIC: Travel then and now

2014-04-03 17:10
Terrible food, delays, customs and uncomfortable transport – it seems like the issues we face as modern travellers, are remarkably similar to our Victorian predecessors.

Hotelclub.comrecently released an intriguing, interactive infographichighlighting the similarities and differences between travel today and what it was like 150 years ago.  

Unsurprisingly a lot has changed.

Whereas it used to take days or months to reach your destination by boat, the aviation industry has seen to that the other side of the globe is less than 24 hours away.

On the downside, technology has also unleashed a Pandora’s Box of problems – think roaming charges, hidden booking fees and increasingly strict visa regulations.  

Despite all that, however, there are still a few noteworthy similarities: back in the 1800s people used to complain about the quality of food served on ships and in hotels… and well, food is still something travellers love to complain about. Especiall when it comes to the chicken-or-beef options on flights.

How about delays?

Yup, they had them back then as well and they were possibly even worse, because weather was harder to predict. 

Popular destinations have changed rather dramatically over the past few decades. Today, Thailand tops travel lists around the world, whereas back in the 1800s, Egypt was all the rage. 

The only destination to make both modern and Victorian top ten destination lists, is the good old City of Light (and love), Paris. 

As far as price is concerned, economy travel costs have stayed remarkably stable, but the same cannot be said for first class tickets, which seem to have skyrocketed during the past century.

Finally, it seems like we definitely travel a lot lighter than our wanderlusting ancestors. Whereas they needed packing space for a mind-boggling array of little gadgets, most of our travel must-haves are stored on our oh-so-wonderful smartphones. 

So, all of this begs the question: what will the future of air travel look like?

Check out the whole, interactive 150 years of travel infographic here

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