Whether or not you agree with the list, USA Today’s picks for the top 25 changes in travel over the last quarter-century are a welcome invitation to consider the evolution of our travel habits. From the advent of online booking to the introduction of flying beds (we suppose those changed the way someone travels), their picks cover a wide swath of the industry. While not all of the changes are positive, here are our glass-half-full favorites from the list:
Roll-aboard luggage: A perennial favorite for “why didn’t I think of that?” laments, it’s hard to believe that roller suitcases weren’t sold to the public until 1991.
Airports as malls: We’d be even more disturbed by the recent increase in flight delays if WH Smith didn’t have our backs. Thanks, Pittsburgh International Airport, for pioneering the airport mall.
Airline e-tickets: Remember when checking in took forever and impulsive flight-booking was difficult? Boarding has been a lot smoother since the first paperless tickets were sold in 1993.
What do you think are the most important innovations in travel over the last 25 years, for better or for worse? Let us know! Log in or register to join this discussion on the IgoUgo Forums.