From Then to Now: How Travel Has Changed Since the 1970s

Travel compared to the 1970s has changed drastically. During that era, travel had certain limitations, different opportunities, and relatively undiscovered locations. With today’s technology and increased accessibility to international exploration, the modes of transportation, communication, tourist commodities, locations, and safety look different than they did back in the 70s. So how exactly has it changed?


Travel Compared to the 1970s – A Look Into the Past


Mode of Transportation Since the 1970s


If we look at travel compared to the 1970s we can start with modes of transportation which had a different look and less-advanced technology. For example, planes were loud and clunkier, onboard smoking was allowed and flight attendants were required to meet specific standards. Buses had itchy velvet seats, rather than the sleek and odor-free leather seats that exist on long-haul buses today. Hitchhiking in the 70s was a common practice, however, there are fewer hitchhikers today because of known safety risks and more accessibility to other forms of transportation, even in the most remote locations.


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Communication Has Changed So Much


Communication technology was limited in the 1970s, and most travelers relied on postal mail to communicate with those back home. Without mobile, digital devices or the internet, instant communication was rare unless you were able to find the means to make an international phone call. The feeling of being out of communication with people at homemade traveling in the 70s a more liberating and independent adventure.


Tourist Commodities 


Today, you see hoards of tourists with their selfie sticks and digital cameras always in their hands. It seems like travelers are constantly capturing photos of every moment and experience. In the 70s, the cost of the film was high and travelers weren’t frivolous with their photography, often saving the film for the big moments. Backpacking was a standard way of travel in the 1970s, with many travelers taking the 6,000-mile hashish route from Southeast Asia to Eastern Europe. While backpacking is still a method of travel used today, it is more planned and predictable than it was in the 1970s with much shorter routes.


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Locations Compared to the 1970s


Travel compared to the 1970s with regard to locations really looks at why these locations have changed. Before travel destinations, there were simple, rustic and remote towns with barely touched landscapes. For example, Malata Beach in Crete, Greece, was explored in the 1970s by travelers who used the caves as their accommodations and enjoyed the nearly empty beaches.


Today, Malata Beach is booming with visitors who come from all over the world. The town now houses attractions, vendors and accommodations that are designed to appeal to tourists, which has changed the overall experience of the place. With modern technology and instant access to information, there is more knowledge about the most beautiful places to travel, and tourists don’t hesitate to journey to the newest, hottest place to explore.


Safety While Traveling


As a traveler, you’re often preoccupied with the logistics of your travel destination, but there are also matters to take care of at home. Home safety in the 1970s included house sitting or frequent check-ins from your neighbours. There was no way to monitor the state of your home when you were away. Now you can feel assured that your home is safe while you’re away with a modern home security camera system, which lets you monitor any activity at home through a mobile app. The security camera systems will help travelers, enjoy their adventures without any worry or stress about what’s going on at home.


Overall, the landscape of travel compared to the 1970s has changed a lot. While there are drawbacks and benefits of each era of travel, there are unique aspects to appreciate from both. With the continued development of technology and the travel industry, travel will continue to evolve and will likely look very different another 50 years from now.


About Nia McKenna

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Nia is an Associate Editor at The Fairytale Traveler and self diagnosed travel junkie. Having traveled to 5 of the 7 continents, her love of good food and culture is a force to be reckoned with. When she isn't off adventuring with her husband, which she writes about on her blog CircaWanderlust, she can be found with a good cup of tea cuddling her pups and taking pictures of her food. She loves black and white movies and could listen to Elvis on repeat.

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