More than 84 million Americans are expected to travel over the holidays this year, and 42 percent plan to fly to their destination. I’m sure you’ve noticed, as I have, how travel, particularly air travel, has undoubtedly transformed over the past several decades. So, we decided to poke fun at some of the most obvious changes in our latest infotoon about air travel, then and now. Feel free to share it with friends and family this holiday season!
What changes have you seen in air travel that make you reminisce about how it ‘used to be’? I’d love to hear your thoughts in a comment below.
If there’s one thing I know from my 30 years of travel experience, it’s that the industry is always changing. My job today is much different from when I started my company, particularly with the advent of the internet. But my three decades of globe-trotting is just a small piece of the picture representing the centuries of travel achievements, milestones, and innovations that have come before me.
To illustrate the point, we’ve created an infographic depicting some of the major developments and trends in the travel industry over the past 600 years.
What do you think will be the next milestone in the travel industry?
Last week I described the five most annoying passengers to sit next to on a flight. I just couldn’t get enough of these irritating neighbors. So today I’m showing you what they look like. Enjoy! And please, copy the permalink to share with friends.
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Thanksgiving might be over, but I have a few more thank yous to give out. They go to the editors who featured Friendly Planet Travel tours in their publications this month, as well as Gadling for posting our air travel infographic on its website. Read on to see where Friendly Planet Travel landed in the media.
Gadling liked our air travel infographic so much that it put it front and center on its website.
Budget Travel tells readers how the Jewels of South America tour is one of the best deals around.
Frommer’s includes the Mediterranean Highlights by Sea as one of its five deals for the week of Nov. 3.
Rounding out this month’s coverage are Traveling Boy and TravelwithVal.com who highlight the Taste of China tour. Examiner.com brings the Jewels of South America to the attention of its readers. Lastly, Travel Age West features the Exotic Borneo and Bangkok tour.
Thanks again to all the editors who featured Friendly Planet Travel!
It hasn’t been a good month for the air travel industry. Every few days brought with it bad news that should make even the most seasoned traveler think twice before boarding a plane. Reports of air cargo bombs, fuselages ripping apart, and engine failures should make Amtrak and the family van much more appealing.
You would think. But the data shows that air travelers are a surprisingly resilient bunch. In fact, the Air Transport Association reports that bookings around the Thanksgiving holiday are expected to be up 3.5 percent over 2009. Do air travelers have their heads in the clouds or are they seeing clear skies? Consider these statistics:
Despite the headlines, the data shows that air travel is still the safest way to get from point A to point B. Sure, the airline industry does has its problems. It’s a little ridiculous when a senior citizen with a walker has to stop and take their shoes off to be inspected. We need to deal with these issues.
But on the principle issue of airline safety, traveling by air has never been safer despite the determined efforts of terrorists and the inevitability of Murphy’s Law.
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What do you think? Do you feel safe traveling the skies? Tell me about it in a comment on this post.