Millennials love nostalgia. We’ve actually been defined as the most ‘nostalgic’ bunch out of all the other generations. Maybe it’s because we still grew up playing outside on the block, but were the first generation to have mandatory computer classes (the Oregon Trail anyone?). Either way, we miss stuff. Here are 5 nostalgic travel trends to say goodbye to.
(Actual disposable camera photo circa 2004)
Who doesn’t remember traveling with these? I’ll admit, sometimes I’ll throw one in my suitcase just for fun. But then I always forget to get it developed, which is probably why these don’t exist anymore. We want instantly accessible photos.
I don’t mind this trend has disappeared, but I’ll never forget the laughter of taking those god-awful accidental and out-of-focus photos of someone’s back end. It was always up in the air with film, and I kind of miss that.
Oh boy. This is a trend I am glad to say goodbye to. If I ever overhear these two words together in a conversation, I am glad to step in and give a slap on the wrist. Kidding of course, that would be assault.
Traveler’s checks were definitely hot back in the day. I remember my family purchasing them around 2004, which was probably still a little outdated for that year. Dear traveler’s checks, we are happy to see you go!
Different Currencies in Europe
This one has to be the hardest memory to swallow. Remember the joy of going to another country and collecting their currency? Now most European countries have made way for the Euro. Luckily some European countries still have and use their own currency.
I remember in 2004 when I took my first international trip to London, they still had the British pound as their main currency. I still have coins from that trip, and it’s so nostalgic for me.
I have a love/hate nostalgia with travel brochures. I can’t really decide. On one hand, I love the smell of paper and holding something physical. But on the other hand, I love not looking like a tourist. With so much information available to us today at the tap of a screen, it’s easy to realize why travel brochures are now non-existent.
The amount of information we have online that we can search and find, will never be able to be contained in a single travel brochure. #RIP
Along with travel brochures, maps are also gone. The only time we buy a city map is to frame it and put it up in our home, which is a little ironic. In fact, we don’t even buy them. We print them online.
City maps definitely got a bad rap throughout the years because it made you very easily targetable as a tourist. Maps are bulky, and you could never get them to fold right! Just me?
What travel trends do you find yourself missing the most?