5 Amazing Ways Technology Has Changed The Way We Travel

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Technology has beamed its searchlight in almost every sector you can think of including the travel industry. For example, today, you can easily open an app on your smartphone, decide where you want to go, book your flights and hotels in under 15 minutes and before you know it, you’re all set for your quick weekend getaway. Technology has undoubtedly changed the face of travel and made travelling so much easier.

We look back at how travel has changed over the years.

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1.Staying in touch

While on the go, you’d send back pretty postcards, write letters and occasionally spend on that long-distance phone call from the hotel reception, or a local phone booth. Staying in touch certainly wasn’t easy and most people back home didn’t expect to hear from you unless it was an emergency. Now, free WiFi hotspots at airports and cafés make it so easy to email, Skype and Tweet as much and as often as you like.

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2. Booking the hotel/flight

Brochures were the lifesaver in the past. You have no choice than to go through hotel brochures, ask friends where they have stayed during their holiday and then actually phone the hotel to book a room. While doing all this, you do not know if you will like the room or not. Now, we have Online Travel Agencies like Jumia Travel now provides everything you need to know about the hotel you want to book including room pictures and review. This is almost the same for flight.

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3. Learning local language

You can travel anywhere in the world today and can communicate with ease without any difficulty. This is because you can learn or understand any language you want with the aid of apps like Google Translate, iTranslate or Waygo. These apps can help you dialogue with the locals.

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4. Determining your destination

In the past, you have to exhaustively look over holiday brochures at a travel agent’s office, buy guidebooks or taking a friend’s recommendation when it came to deciding where to go. But today, you can easily Google any destination and all the information you need will be at your fingertips within seconds.

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5. Taking photographs

There was nothing like a selfie in the pre-technology travel age. However, presently you can take as many pictures as you so desire and even share them on any of your desired social media platforms. Smartphones have made this very easy and clearly, these gadgets are a huge threat to digital cameras.

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Things To Do When Travelling With A Person Living With Disability

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Traveling with persons living with disability has become easier these days thanks to modernisation and technology. However, people who are travelling with persons living with disability must still be equipped with the do’s and don’ts for persons with special needs.
Here are some of the tips that you must consider when you are travelling with a special needs person.

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1.Carefully choose your destination

Some destinations may be good for ordinary persons but may not be fit for persons with special needs. An ordinary person might transfer to places, climb stairs and walk a lot, but a disabled person may find it hard to do such. Therefore, you must carefully plan your destination and the route that you will take on your trip.

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2. Book ahead of time

If you are going on an air travel, you need to book your flight ahead and inform the staff of the airline that you are traveling with a person with special needs. With all those luggage checks, long lines and exhausting waiting time, you might probably want to proceed through the lines prioritizing persons with disabilities.

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3. Do your research

Always remember that persons with disabilities are prioritized in almost everywhere. They are given a number of privileges in hotels, restaurants, amusement parks, and other facilities due to their disability. They are also provided with amenities and lanes solely for them to provide them with the convenience that they actually deserve. So do your research to discover some of these places and do not hesitate to take advantage of them.

4. Consult a doctor

Certain activities and environment can be prohibited for a particular disabled person. Therefore, you must first consult a doctor if your trip will likely cause any harm to your companion with special needs. Besides, not all medical remedies for persons with disabilities can be easily available at the place of your destination so it is always better to bring with you additional pieces of medicines that will be prescribed by the doctor.

Stay in accessible areas

If you are traveling with a disabled person, avoid staying and going into remote areas or to places that are far from the capital or center of your destination. Always assure that your location is close enough to establishments and hospitals so that, in case there will be an emergency, it will be easier for you to bring your companion and provide them with the medications that they might need.

7 Obvious Signs You Are Not Ready For Your Travel

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Travel is loaded with the unexpected and that’s why it’s such an adventure. It, therefore, follows that the more prepared you are for your trip, the better you will be able to handle any unforeseen circumstances or incidences. Regardless, here are 7 signs you have to be aware of to actually know if you are prepared for your travel or not.

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1.Your house looks the same

You are probably not ready to travel if you haven’t taken care of important tasks around the house. These could include general cleaning of your home, switching off sockets and ensuring all your home devices such as your television, microwave, or air-conditioning are unplugged.

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2. You don’t know your flight status

You should check your flight regularly before you depart. This will help you know if there will be any significant changes in your flight such as cancellation, delay or reschedule. If you are not in the know, you are definitely not ready for your trip.

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3. You don’t know your passport expiration date

You would be surprised that some frequent travellers do not know when their passport will expire. These travellers would have booked their trips only to discover weeks or days prior to departure that their passport has expired or close to expiring. So, do not hesitate to check your passport expiry date.

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4. You haven’t packed

Use a packing list and start collecting what you will need for your trip at least a few days before departure or even longer. However, due to procrastination, some travellers will delay their packing until the last minute. At this point, it is possible to forget some key items.

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5. You do not have enough cash

Having enough cash at hand will help you deal with any emergency as soon as possible because you do not need to run around in search of an ATM. By the way, it is not entirely advisable not to have cash in your wallet when you travel.

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6. No one knows you are leaving

For safety reasons, tell someone reliable where you’re going so that they can help you to keep an eye on your house. You do not want your home ransacked or burgled before you return.

7. You don’t have a backup I.D.

Always carry a copy of your passport and driver’s license (or other identification) when you travel, especially if you are flying. If your passport gets lost or stolen, a backup copy will ease the process of applying for an emergency passport.

5 Things You Should Not Wear When You Travel

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Traveling via plane or car can sometimes be a stressful experience. Regardless, one of the things that many people overlook or do not take into consideration is what they wear when they travel. This is key because the attire you adorn can exacerbate your already stressful trip and totally ruin it. In line with this, we roll out things you should not wear when you travel.

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1.Uncomfortable clothes

If you are spending long hours on a flight or in a car, you want to be comfortable. So, don’t make your journey more difficult by choosing to wear uncomfortable clothes. Similarly, avoid very tight fitting attires as it can cause a lot of distress.

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2. Shoes that aren’t good for walking

It is advisable to wear shoes that you can easily walk around in. Comfortable shoes are important if you are running to catch a flight or a bus. If you wear unpleasant shoes, you will either fall over your foot or remove it.

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3. Flashy jewellery

There is absolutely no need to show off your jewellery when you’re on a trip. If you have to wear one, simply keep it to a minimum. This will reduce the chances of attracting unwarranted attention, something getting broken or lost in transit.

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4. Contact lenses

When travelling, there is a high possibility that you will be dealing with dry air. So, do your eyes a favour and wear your glasses instead of contact lenses. Your glasses will be a lot more comfortable than your contacts, and they will cause fewer problems if you want to take a quick nap.

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5. Perfume

It is better you let go the perfume especially if you are flying. It may smell great to you, but that may not be the case for the person sitting next to you. They may simply find the scent unpleasant. Pack your fragrance and apply it later or simply use a or deodorant instead.

4 Proven Ways To Enjoy A Flight If You Are Plus Size

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Airlines have ways to help overweight travellers feel more comfortable when they fly. This said, these airlines can only do much. The passengers on their part have to consider the regulations in place for each airline and be aware of the arrangements before they make they fly. Jumia Travel, the leading online travel agency, takes a look at how to make flying overweight less stressful.

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1.Do your research

It is very easy to conduct research today because the internet is readily available for anyone to access. So, do your research to find out which airlines that are friendly to persons of size. If you can, you should call the airline yourself.

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2. Book smarter

If you are a frequent traveller and a person of size, you are aware that you are not comfortable when flying. Airlines cram in as many seats as possible in order to maximize profits per flight.

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3. Dress for comfort

Wearing clothes that breathe will make you feel very cosy whether you purchase two seats or not. Tight fitting attires will only add pain to the already stressful seat situation.

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4. Pack light

You don’t have to spend time figuring out where your bag should go, how to retrieve your items, or if you should check them at the gate etc. You can avoid all these by ensuring that everything you need fit in a backpack.

4 Best Cities for First-Time Overseas Travelers

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If you’ve never traveled abroad before, it can be quite daunting and overwhelming because you might find it hard to decide on where to go. Here are 4 of the best cities for first-time overseas travelers to make it easier for you to decide on where to travel to:

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1.Barcelona

To be honest, there is really no place like Barcelona. In many ways, Barcelona encapsulates the best of Europe. If you really want to experience Europe, then Barcelona in Spain is one of the best places to visit. It is a very interesting place that’s culturally diverse, with great and breathtaking scenery. It is one of the most tourist-friendly cities in the world. The best part about Barcelona is that there are a ‘glut of cheap and chic hotels and/or accommodation’ for you to relax in while visiting. They also have a bustling and delightful food scene that is sure to give your taste buds a culinary experience like no other.

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2. Paris

Paris is considered one of the world’s most visited cities and for good reason. There is a certain ‘casual elegance’ to the city and that is further enhanced by its array of famous museums, beautiful architecture and pretty, intimate streets. Paris is one of the best cities for first time travelers because there really is hardly a chance of getting bored or underwhelmed. The city has a virtually limitless and wide array of shopping, dining, drinking and sightseeing opportunities. The best part about Paris is its extensive metro-system that makes transportation or getting around relatively easy. The only downside is that Paris is quite an expensive city but if you are able to budget well and set aside enough money, you are sure to have a great and memorable experience.

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3. United Kingdom

This is the obvious choice for many first-time overseas travelers, especially those from Anglophone countries, because everyone speaks English so there will be less of a culture shock. The UK is very diverse so it offers the opportunity to enjoy big cities, beautiful seashores, as well as spectacular highlands. When visiting the UK, try to base your stay in London so you can visit iconic attractions like the Tower of London, Big Ben etc., and enjoy day trips to places like Windsor, Bath and St. Albans. Accomodation in the UK can be quite on the expensive side, so it will help if you know someone living in the UK that you can stay with during your visit. However, if you prepare, budget well and put enough money aside, you should be able to take care of accomodation without really breaking a sweat.

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4. Canada

This is generally a great place for first-time overseas travelers. It’s a safe, very friendly and incredibly scenic place. It’s ideal for outdoor adventures like whale watching, puffin and iceberg cruises, kayaking, hiking etc. There are also some great and delicious foods to enjoy like the famous sweet Canadian maple syrup. Many travelers to Canada go there to enjoy its calm, peaceful and scenic ambience. Canada is known to be one of the safest countries in the world, as well as one of the best countries in the world.

FOUR WAYS TO TRAVEL SMARTLY IN NIGERIA

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Travelling doesn’t have to be such an expensive and somewhat inconvenient endeavor. It doesn’t have to be an endeavor that’s hard on your finances and lifestyle.  There are ways to make the most of your travelling experience and reduce its pressure on your finances and lifestyle. We share four ways to travel smartly in Nigeria.

  1. Choose Your Means of Transport Wisely

Constantly check for the fares of different legitimate airlines and transport companies; check for their specific discount periods and discount schemes that will be of benefit to you in budgeting and planning for your travel with your decided mode of transportation. This can help maximize your travel experience. Registering on travel and hotel booking portals like Jumia Travel can help with this. You can take advantage of special travel smart deals to save yourself some more money.

2. Organize Your Travel Documents Well

Ensure all your travel documents are in place and are easily accessible, so you don’t have to waste time trying to find them at crucial times. This sort of oversight can end up either delaying your journey or making it entirely impossible. Besides, you’ll save yourself the stress of having to deal with officials that might get hostile or even embarrassing when this happens.

3. Pack Lightly

This can help you avoid excess luggage charges and save you from spending extra money on your travel. Just pack necessary items that can make your travel more convenient and leave behind the rest. Packing with purpose can go a long way in helping you achieve this. Pack with your location in mind and avoid packing things that aren’t versatile.

4. Plan Your Trips

Regardless of it’s a business trip or vacation, you should always endeavor to plan for your travel. From budgeting your travel expenses before and during the trip to the exact kind of hotel or accommodation you intend to stay in, and the means of transport you intent to use at your travel destination. If it’s an Uber you intend to use, plan for it; if taking the bus will be cheaper, plan for it. Plan every little detail of your trip to the best of your ability. Yes things happen, and you might ultimately not be able to execute your entire plan but it will at least keep you relatively in control of your travel experience and help you reduce and very possibly avoid excess and unexpected costs.

5 Exciting Ways To Capture Your Travel Memories

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A trip to Olumo rock in Abeokuta, Ogun state may probably be bland and uninteresting if you are unable to capture the exciting moments. In fact, one of the biggest incentives for traveling is the opportunity to make memories so that you can relive moments.

When memories fade, you cannot recover them. It is gone forever! Therefore, it is very important to record every moment. So, how do you capture these memories? Jumia travel shares some ideas.

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Blogs & Vlogs

If you are digitally savvy, you can write blogs or shoot videos about your travel. WordPress and YouTube have made it very easy to write and produce your travel memories. This will no doubt help you relive these experiences in the future.

Write Journals

Some travelers like to stay off the internet when they travel. For those of you in this category, you can keep a journal and pen the significant things that happen during your trip. Ensure that you update your journal daily. If you want, you can use your phone to take notes.

Postcards

Postcards were widely used in the past but due to the internet, it has sharply declined. So, you can buy postcards, write memories you want and send it to your home. This will enable your families and friends to share your experience!

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Buy a quality camera

You don’t have to be professional photographers before you can take pictures. While you can leave the sophisticated cameras for the professionals, your phone is a capable replacement. Phone manufacturers have largely improved their cameras that you can take quality pictures with them.

Travel with friends

Travelling solo is good but if you really want to enjoy and properly capture your travels, you should travel with your friends. With them, you can reminisce and relive your travel, especially during conversations.