The Runways to the World

By Neda Dorudi- Travel in the 21st Century is now so easy that the world seems smaller for it. With the creation of the World Wide Web in 1991, by Tim Berners Lee it revolutionised the way we interacted with the wider world and beamed us into another realm. This huge electronic information bank gave us Facebook, and Instagram, Booking. com, and skyscanner.com, the connection of networks to networks. It opened many channels and runways, and fed our desire to explore, going from the Eiffel Tower to the Colosseum, and the Taj Mahal to the Pyramids of Egypt, Manchu Picchu to the Himalayas, we looked and booked and relished in our experiences of cultures and history, art, and culinary delights, learning new customs and languages, and making new friends. Airlines became the Modern-day magic carpet and whisked us away to enjoy the new places. The World’s first Travel Agency was opened by Thomas Cook July 5, 1841, their head office was in Berkeley Street, and their European Continental Red railway timetable book was quite iconic, with maps and timetables. It was the norm for customers to visit their high street Thomas Cook, and book their seasonal holidays, but with growth of Easy Jet, Ryan Air and AirBnB and lack of package holiday bookings, Thomas Cook collapsed September 2019. A sad day for such an iconic Travel Agent. The travel industry has morphed into an Electronic state, no more paper tickets, no more queuing at airport check in desks, and no paper boarding passes, now we manage it all on the web or through our smart phones, I wonder what Thomas Cook would have thought?

Who would have thought that in June 1993 the completion of the tunnel under the English Channel would be completed facilitating journeys to Paris and Brussels in less than 3 hours, and Eurostar now operate services to Amsterdam, now we have another choice travel by train, check out the website the man in seat 61, some amazing train journeys detailed. As we travel around the World, I hope we respect our Planet and protect it the best we can, so that the next generations children and grandchildren will be able to make these incredible Journeys and tell a tale or two. Imagine places through imagery, here are some interesting places to visit. Athens, Switzerland, Chania, Budapest. Journeys can be completed by train too check out the website of The man in seat 61, greatest train journeys detailed.

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