Conde Nast Traveler turns 25 this September, and the magazine has pulled out all the stops on a fascinating infographic that shows the myriad changes that have transformed the travel industry since 1987.
Among the highlights, the magazine says, are the fall of the Berlin Wall, the ubiquity of the Web and, on a related note, the debut of the iPhone, which Traveler says has "swallowed two dozen travel staples and counting," the Walkman, atlas, camera, map and travel agent among them.
Interestingly, the flights we're taking around the world today are moving much slower than they used to, the magazine says, comparing the 1,350 mph speed of the Concorde to the relatively glacial 677 mph cruise of an Airbus A380. Meanwhile, the longest commercial flight now covers more than 9,534 miles, compared to just 7,417 back in 1987.
Like any survey of times gone by, there's a bit of nostalgia in the interactive infographic: Just 15 million rolls of film were sold in 2012, while 701 million flew off shelves in 1987.
Postcards aren't being sent like they used to be either, with just 1.4 billion being handled by the Postal Service in 2012, down from nearly 2.5 billion 25 years ago. On that last item, we at HuffPost Travel blame the animated GIF.