Traveling may be fun now, but it’s always a good idea to take a look at the changes that are on the horizon. These advancements will be here faster than we know it and will make our travel adventures more straightforward, fun, and all-around better for everyone involved. But what does this future look like to the people living in the present? What changes will occur, and how will they affect the traveling process? We take a look at a few things to expect in the not-too-distant future below.

Smarter Airports

We all traveling, but the fact of the matter is that it can very often be a little bit stressful. It doesn’t always seem like airports are all that equipped to deal with the volume of passengers that come through the doors. And that’s because they aren’t; if they’re old, they were there to accommodate much smaller numbers of passengers. Since then, they’ve just tried to add on new terminals, but not always with success, at least in logistical terms. That’s being to change now. With airports more flush with cash since the boom of air travel, many are overhauling the entire building, making them easier to navigate, more enjoyable to be in, and, dare we say, even relaxing. Just take a look at some of the awesome terminals that’ll soon be open to the public….

Speedier Travel

The world’s a big globe, but it’s getting smaller with each passing year. We’re not able to fly more or less anywhere, and thankfully, the flight times are only going to get shorter. Soon, there will be commercial planes that can make transatlantic journeys in just a couple of hours, faster, even, than the Concorde. If you want to get somewhere quickly today, you can charter one of the fastest private jets in the world — some planes can travel at more than 700 miles per hour. Whether private or commercial, one thing’s for sure: you can expect to get to where you need to be much quicker as time moves forward.

Logistical Arrangements

It seems almost quaint, now, to think that most people used to require the services of other people to book their flights, find their hotels, and arrange, well, everything when it came to travel. Today, it’s possible for a person to search for flight and hotel costs by themselves, and thus save money by cutting out the middle person. In the future, it’s likely that there’ll be even more control in the hands of the traveler, who will be able to do most everything related to their travels via their smartphone. It’s a way of making the traveling process smoother; while it’s always recommended to chat with people you meet on your travels, there are some times — such as checking into a hotel — when you just want to get the key and into the room, without an employee functioning as the gatekeeper.

More Environmentally Sustainable Practices

There’s an inconvenient truth surrounding travel. While for the most part traveling has a positive influence on the world, it’s not perfect. Indeed, one of the significant downsides of mass travel is that it can have a tremendously negative impact on the environment. The process of moving from A to B can leave a carbon footprint, while some things — such as cruise liners — are disastrous for the environment. The good news is that many steps are being taken to address these issues. In the future, we’ll see a more balanced approach to mass travel, one that reduces the environmental impact.

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Hotels as the Attractions

We might think of the hotel as a side-part of our travels, an essential ingredient, for sure, but not the reason we travel. It’s there for us to recoup from our day of exploring, and little more. That’s beginning to chat a little. Now, we’re seeing hotels become more like attractions in themselves, offering first a bed, but then also entertainment, relaxation areas, culture (such as art on the walls), restaurants, bars, and more, at least in the big cities. In natural areas, they’re impressive for how they fit into the landscape (think of pod hotels in the Arctic, or tree hotels in the woods). They’re integrating themselves into the traveler’s experience.

Greater Connection, Greater Disconnection

There’s a battle raging in society, between being connected everywhere, and just getting a moment’s peace. We already have wifi on airplanes, but we can expect that to become a staple in the future. International roaming fees will likely be reduced or scrapped altogether, too. So people want to be as connected as possible, no matter where they are. But on the other end of the spectrum, they also want to be disconnected — hence the rise in wellness vacations that have unplugging at the heart of the experience.

More Diverse Tourist Attractions

In the past, all traveler’s had to go off were the travel guidebooks. The problem was that they all seemed to say the same thing; it felt like there was one Mother Book for each city, and all the others just got their source material from that back. Now, the rise of travel blogs and the like have opened up destinations a little more. Because no-one has a monopoly on advice, it’s more likely that people will visit different places. This is true of attractions in a particular city, but also travel in general — there’s a growing trend of specialized trips, for instance, which follow an interest; say a wine tour of Italy or Hemingway tour of France and Spain. More information means greater diversity, essentially.

In the future, we’ll also see new travel destinations open up, too. While much of the world seems traveled, it’s not the case — the bulk of traveler’s visit a handful of destinations. Ones left off the airplane route map can are unknown, as are regions with past political or economic troubles. Aa these troubles subside, there’ll be a wave of visitors to previously overlooked lands.