This Is What A Trip Looked Like In 2005

05/04/2015 10:57 am ET | Updated May 07, 2015
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Remember that road trip you took 10 years ago? You printed out directions, connected your iPod to your car's tape deck, and depended on highway signs to guide you to a local diner.

My, how far we've come.

Gadgets and apps have made travel so convenient that we rarely have to look beyond a smartphone screen to explore unknown areas. Whether that's a good or bad thing is up to personal opinion, but it sure is fun to take a trip down memory lane.

THEN: Your packing list included at least four devices: an iPod 4, a digital camera, a cell phone and a PlayStation Portable.

NOW: The iPhone 6 meets every travel entertainment need in one sleek little device. d

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THEN: Printed MapQuest directions guided you during a road trip.

NOW: Your car tells you where to go and corrects each of your wrong turns. d

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THEN: When you needed a restaurant recommendation, you'd either ask locals on the street or your friendly hotel concierge.

NOW: Just Yelp it! No human interaction needed. d

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THEN: You spent hours curating, editing and posting a MySpace photo album of your trip on your iMac 3G.

NOW: It's all about those instant Instagram likes. d

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THEN: To get somewhere in a "hurry," you'd call the taxi company and wait a while.

NOW: Hello, Uber.

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THEN: On an international trip, you'd make phone calls from your hotel landline -- or just not talk to the folks back home at all.

NOW: You can send messages through What's App from pretty much anywhere.

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THEN: Though Kayak was founded in 2004, you would have likely searched individual airline websites one by one to find the best-priced flight.

NOW: It's super-easy to "search one and done." k

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