The High-Tech Future of Travel

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I’m not a skeptic but for me getting lost is part of the fun and the point of travel.

Welcome to the new, hyper-connected, technology-based travel paradigm. It’s the era of the smartphone as ubiquitous tool of navigation, when what matters is not just the here but the now. Google Maps and Google Street View blanket more and more of the planet. Facebook and Twitter allow users to ”geotag” their updates with specific geographic coordinates, while Foursquare turns ”checking in” into a form of entertainment. Users of the photo-sharing site Flickr geotag more than four million photos per month. And augmented reality (AR) technology, which allows travelers to navigate their way to nearby attractions by aiming a smartphone in any direction, weaves together all those geodata points into a miniaturized virtual world.

Read: Horizon Wireless