I’m just back from a jaunt to Hanoi and Halong Bay. Travel was one of the first industries to be shaken up by internet and the reams of information available online have changed where we go, how we book it and what we do once we get there. More people are travelling more often than ever before, and the internet isn’t just facilitating that, it’s indispensable.
I’m part of the generation which came of age just as the internet did — to sum it up, when friends went on gap years before university, they’d send letters and if they went after it was e-mail. When one considers the difference in effort and risk involved in planning a trip then and now, it’s as mind-blowing as Vietnamese traffic.