Remember when you had to contact a travel agent every time you wanted to take a vacation? No? You’re not alone. The rise of technology has revolutionized the way we travel over the last 20 years by making it easier and cheaper to see the world. Here are a few ways.

1. The rise of low cost airlines

Budget airlines have taken off! Gone are the days that airlines assumed loyalty from their passengers where comparison shopping was considered out of the question. Low-cost carriers are rapidly increasing in their market share and now account for just over a quarter of flight tickets sold—up from 8% in 2003.rise of low cost