These days, many startups aren’t just offering unique products and services. They’re offering us a unique service which actively challenges the structures that have gone before. New technologies and business models that have come about over the last decade have affected – and in some cases, even threatened – the existing value propositions of companies already in place. As travelers, we are often on board with this. We are modern and global, and so are the brands that we trust. In fact, such inventions have actively helped us when navigating new places.
How strange that in 2017, the largest taxi company owns a grand total of zero taxis? However, that’s exactly what Uber has brought to the table. They have changed the taxi industry forever, by offering users the opportunity to get a car sent straight to their location with a tap of their smartphone, and also the opportunity to car owners to quickly set up a taxi-like service.
It’s now available all around the world, in various different cities. It’s true that London recently trying to ban them, but if they make the necessary changes, their business model provides affordable transport for travelers, as well as jobs for local people. There is no need to fight the future, as an opinion piece at The Spectator puts it.
When you’re traveling, your smartphone can be a lifeline for your downtime, too. In fact, many of us find ourselves on long journeys, waiting at airports, or with gaps in our itinerary.
One of the world’s most popular entertainment centers offers absolutely no cinemas or rental stores of its own; Netflix has absolutely stormed the market and provides users all over the world a multitude of movie and TV titles at their fingertips. The same goes for other streaming services such as Spotify, too.
Of course, it’s not just music and TV that we can get at the touch of a button in 2017. Popular casinos and even betting shops are now part of the digital world in their own right, offering users the opportunity to bet on their favorite sports, from MLB to the NBA, from wherever they may be in the world.
Let’s be real, banking on the go can be an actual nightmare. With currency exchange charges and fees, it adds an unwelcome expense to already expensive adventures. Companies like Monzo could honestly be about to change absolutely everything. They offer a new approach, all done via your phone, with notifications instantly about your spending and folders categorizing your use, quick and easy payments and bill splitting when out with others, and, most crucially for travelers, it’s entirely international, so you pay no extra to use it abroad.
Of course, if you’re not ready to carry out your day-to-day activities through an online bank, you can just rely on currency exchange through apps instead. Companies such as Azimo and Transferwise allow users to cut out bank fees for sending money internationally, with one low-cost fee per transfer, and the exact current rate of exchange is used so that you don’t lose money.
Staying in touch is far easier, too, and that’s thanks to digital disruption as well. Many travelers shun the use of actual phones, preferring Skype or Facebook Messenger instead. They own absolutely none of the telecom infrastructure, yet they benefit most from its implementation. Users are kept happy, however, because they can make absolutely free calls on the go to back home.
The future is coming, and it’s clear that anyone with a smartphone can partake. All industries are jumping on board – you can now even see a doctor with an app. Travel will be made even simpler over the coming years, in part, thanks to these inventions.