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I traveled, extensively, both domestic and international in the late 60s to about 1990. Those were the lovely days of jumbo jets, L1011s and 747s. Think seats, free blankets and pillows, plenty of leg room, and pretty decent meals on long flights. Of course, through the mid 70s, probably fewer than 25% of Americans had ever flown. Tourist class allowed for 70 pounds of checked luggage, and changing ones flight cost between $25-75. It was a more civil time to travel by air.

 

Internationally, every country was unique, not homogenized, like now, with a McDonald’s or Starbucks where ever one went. No TVs in hotel rooms, so no CNN or MSNBC. If you wanted English language news, you carried a shortwave radio and tuned into VOA or BBC world service, or picked up a copy of the Paris edition of the Herald Tribune or Times of London. 

 

There was still an ‘Iron Curtain’, which meant traveling be train from say Paris to Athens meant traveling through communist Bulgaria or Romania, with soldiers boarding trains to check your passport and check for forbidden reading material. Going to Berlin and wanting to visit the museum in east Berlin, meant registering yourself at checkpoint Charlie, letting the American soldiers know where you were planning to go and when to expect you to cross back into the west.

 

when I lived in London we had a joke about the tourist ‘season’ it was measured by the first tour busses in front of Buckingham palace and ended with the last bus in the fall. Today there is no time of year when every major European city is not overrun. Back then, between early October and late April we had our cities back to ourselves. Grocery shopping that took three hours during the season, now returned to a normal hour.

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Yes, GPS made my traviling easier.  My wife refused to read a map and wouldn't drive in congested areas.

 

A few years back Waze changed our destination.  It did so in heavy traffic so we figured we were just avoiding traffic.  It was't until we stopped for lunch that I discovered the problem.  We have never completely trusted Waze since.  Google also can go nuts when their map doesn't match reality.  We often use 2 cell phones with different apps to check one another.  Waze does use Google maps now that they are owned by Google.  That was a plus for Google and a minus for Waze.  Now Google will reroute if the traffic is bad enough. Waze is still superior to Google but uses more data and much more power. Waze uses about 2 AMPs which is more than a lot of car chargers.

 

 

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"...... reading the maps (and hoping you had the latest one). It was challenging and I was good at it, and thank goodness I was still married then, so one of us could read the map while the other did the driving......".

 

Yeah. DW was always the navigator. But woe onto her if she made an error! Smiley Tongue


 


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Funny, I feel the exact opposite when I see lotsf guns.  I feel very safe.  You are more likely to get you thoat slit in your own house while you sleep than be attacked by terrorists in a heavily guarded area.  That has rarely happened.  They prefer to spray down defenselee peope to hear them scream.  Terrorst tend to be cowards. 

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now days it is simply airport after airport filled with GUNS; police. Army, security, searches, check points and caneras every where. Long gone is the thrill of travel, no more fun & excitement, adventure is lost to fear. use to worry about missing your flight but now you worry about making it

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All true.  I, however, prefer road triips for about 4-5 days.  We have so much beauty in our own country that I see no need anymore to travel outside it.  Also, I am not entirely sure it is safe to do so now.  I highly recommend Our State magazine for ideas to take short road trips within your state.  We so enjoyed our trip to Asheville, NC and the Bilmore, downtown and Arboretum.

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Hurrah for GPS!  I remember the world before then -- reading the maps (and hoping you had the latest one). It was challenging and I was good at it, and thank goodness I was still married then, so one of us could read the map while the other did the driving. Traveling is sure easier with my wonderful GPS!

 

And wheels on suitcases!  Thank you, whoever invented that!

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To me, one of the biggest differences in travel has been with air travel. I remember my first flight in 1972, when everyone got dressed up for their flight.  We got menus and a choice of hot meals in economy class.  Magazines were passed out by flight attendants who would stop and chat with the passengers.  We weren't packed into the plane like sardines.  The plane was a happy, fun and exciting place to be.  How times have changed.....my last flight was a month ago, and I'll just say it was not a pleasant experience at all.

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Since this boy appeared in 1942 a lot of things have changed.  To me, expressways make the most difference.  Followed by car technology ( FM radio, self parking, power this and power that ).  There maybe less iron in a car now, but they are by far safer.  Seat belts didn't show up till 1957.  You don't hear of anyone getting "retread tires" any more either. 

There are more eateries and motels for the public too choose from..  I was 16 before I ever saw my first McDonalds. 

RV is almost the norm these days.  The thing I would also like too see families do now days when the kids are still at home, is take them to a Drive-in movie once in their life time. They'll never forget it. 

Al

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We used to go to travel agencies or spend a lot of time sending notes to hotel owners who would respond with prices and usually, a picture postcard of the hotel/motel.

   Now, with the various internet sites (TripAdvisor being my favorite), I can do all my own research for things to do, must-see sights, see reviews on places to stay, look at bus/train/plane schedules, and directly contact people.

  Totally different experience. I still use travel books as an initial reference.    


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