The travel industry has transformed over the last few years. There used to be a time when travel was an expensive and an exhausting ordeal. Even until recently, Americans were afraid to leave the comforts of their home country. In my case, I didn’t want to go anywhere where my basic cable xfinity showed less than what I pay for. But travel has changed a lot, right before our eyes. Fares are cheaper, countries are friendlier, and people are more adventurous. Continuing at the pace it is, we may see travel change even more.
Travel in the Future
When commercial airplanes first came around, travel changed forever. Gone was the need to travel for weeks, or even days aboard a ship. Gone was the need for tedious travel by road or rail. Instead, a way to get to new destinations unbelievably fast (for the time) came into being. At first, air travel only attracted the privileged few who could afford it. But as time went on, and competition entered the market, aircraft became the symbol of modern travel. The future of travel is shaping up even as we speak. In our opinion, this is what it may look like in the future:
- New Methods of Travel
- Better, Smarter Hotels
- Commercial Space Travel
Let’s have a closer look, shall we?
New Methods of Travel
Why did air travel become so popular? It was fast, for one thing. You could get across oceans and continents in just a few hours. It was also statistically safer and more reliable than other forms of travel. If you look at these two principles, you get an idea of what future travel might look like. Aircraft manufacturers are constantly developing faster and more efficient engines. But that’s just a continuation of the aircraft. The future could be much different, and much closer to the ground.
Elon Musk’s brainchild
A prime example is Elon Musk’s brainchild, Hyperloop. The experimental procedure aims to transport people across the country at extremely fast speeds. Three times the speed of sound, to be exact. While much of the Hyperloop hype is still only in the US, that might change. If the technology catches on, we could be speeding along the ground in a capsule to far-away destinations. All at some of the fastest speeds land-based travel has ever achieved.
Better, Smarter Hotels
The hospitality business is a big fixture in the travel industry. Hotels thrive on offering the best stay and experience to their customers. The industry is fiercely competitive. As time goes on, hotels will only continue to get better. Right now, in Japan, you can live in a smart hotel. These are concepts for what hotels might look like in the future. The Internet of Things brings us even closer to this future. Imagine a hotel without a traditional human staff. Everyone from the bellboy the concierge to the manager could be a robot or AI. Virtual assistants would handle all your requests. Procedures would be largely automated. All to offer you the best and most memorable hotel stay you have ever had.
Does Commercial Space Travel Commercial space travel? Ordinary citizens flying off into space? Sounds like something from Star Wars doesn’t it. Well, it’s not just science fiction anymore. It’s actually very near the realm of possibility today. There is very serious talk going on about space travel becoming accessible to citizens. Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic is leading the charge. If corporations can find ways to make commercial air travel sustainable, the game would change completely. Instead of Disney World, people would book shuttles to the moon.
There could even be hotels for travelers out in space. Hotels located on planets, moons or even just floating around in space. Imagine waking up to a view of the galaxy every day. Makes you want to move to the moon, doesn’t it? It would be such a different experience. No showtime xfinity in my area, no traffic, no pollution. Just you and the galaxy in all its vast beauty. How soon this will happen? That remains to be seen. I have hope that we will live long enough to see commercial space travel become a reality.