The decade has passed by in a jiffy. Whether you're the one cracking the 'ok boomer' jokes or the one getting offended by them, there seems to be a consensus about our feelings regarding the 2010s. The years seem to have gotten lost as we moved on from one milestone to another, scrolling down Instagram while watching Netflix specials and second-guessing our actual need for the purchases we made online. Time has been gushing by inconspicuously, and here we are at the brink of a whole new decade, unsure about how to feel and what to expect.
For me, this mental fog seems to dissipitate only when I travel. As I thought more about the decade coming to an end and how travel has become an indispensable part of my life, I realised that the whole country (and the world!) has witnessed an unprecedented attraction towards the simple joys of travel. Tourism has had an undeniable explosion in the last 10 years and is not viewed as an indulgence for the affluent anymore.
The 2010s were years of profound transformation for the travel industry. For years to come, these monumental accomplishments will be remembered. I have put together a few of the remarkable things that redefined travel in the last decade for Indian wanderers.
Tech-triumphs for travel
Humans may not have gone back up to the moon again, but there have been a number of technological advancements in the last few years that have made travelling trouble-free.
Internet has made life easier, undoubtedly. But having great connectivity on the road changed the travel game altogether. 4G data was introduced in India in 2012 and the competition between telecom companies led to a drastic decrease in costs that made it affordable as well.
The several tools that became only a touch away certainly helped the travel community. The Google Maps app was launched in 2008 but it rose to prominence and became a necessity for travellers in the last decade. It was announced to be the most popular app in the world in 2013. Whatsapp also released a feature which allowed users to share their current location, which surely acted as a stress reliever to over-protective Indian parents, emboldening them to loosen the reins. Ola, founded in 2010, and Uber, that arrived in India in 2013, also made commuting in most cities reliable. These apps made travel uncomplicated and cheaper by allowing customers to share cabs and even book bikes and auto-rickshaws. Paytm, the e-commerce app founded in 2010, made cashless transactions possible even in remote corners of India. Now while travelling, you rarely need to withdraw a large amount of cash that you end up worrying about the whole time.