My Predictions for the Future of Travel
Selective time travel
It’s always a good thing when destinations are as authentic as possible, so as soon as we invent time travel I’m sure we’ll use it to make tourism reach its full potential. Going back in time sounds great, but who wants to go without modern conveniences like internet and flying cars? Someone will invent a kind of gun or time-mist that can blast a predetermined area into the past, leaving everything else around it in the present (or future for us – this is getting as confusing as most time travel movies). We’ll be able to visit tiny villages untouched by the ravages of time and still be able to use magical food making machines all in the same outing – what could be better?
Real travel guides
Instead of reading boring guide books you’ll have the option of purchasing a small clone of an expert traveller to interact with. You could carry him around on your shoulder and he would recommend hip places to eat and off the beaten path destinations for you to visit. This could bring up some philosophical questions, like what constitutes a person, and if you make clone after clone of a person does their soul get diluted in the process? Don’t worry about all that though, as having a mini travel expert on your shoulder would be awesome – just make sure you read the fine print of the contract though as you might end up having to feed and entertain the little guys as well.
Immigration officers will know what you will do on holiday before you do it and will make you go to certain destinations
If you think I stole this idea from the movie Minority Report you’d be correct. There will be some psychics in tanks who will know exactly what you’ll get up to on your trip and will stop you going to off the beaten path places if all you’re going to do is drink and be annoying. Tourists and travellers shouldn’t mix and the future knows this. If you’re Australian you’ll more than likely be made to travel to Bali, which should keep the rest of us happy.
Package holidays (literally)
Everyone loves getting mail, but what if you could get a holiday delivered right to your front door? Maybe you’d order a beach escape, and as soon as you open the package an idyllic beach scene starts assembling itself in your backyard (if technology hasn’t become that amazing yet then a gang of migrant workers would jump out and start building it for you while you get started on the pina coladas).
Total Recall: travel blog edition
I’m talking about the awesome Arnold Schwarzenegger version, not the horrible Colin Farrell one. Some would say that the memories of our trips are better than the trips themselves, so it might be a good idea to go to a crazy scientist and get them to mess with your mind enough to believe you actually went on one (Arnold may or may not have gone to Mars in the movie). The memories and photos aren’t really enough though, so I’m proposing they also create a well stocked travel blog from your trip so you can inspire others and maybe become a digital nomad (you’d actually already be digital because of whatever they put into your brain). There’s huge potential for this to go wrong (what the movie!!!), but it’s worth the risk.
There’s a whole universe out there just waiting to be discovered, and one of my goals is to be the first travel blogger in space. I wrote a whole post about it (read it here and find out why I’m more than qualified to do it). The possibilities of space are endless – and so are the travelling times. I complain about a 10 hour bus ride so I’m not sure how I’ll go with a 10 year space ship trip. If we do get to travel to other planets one day I hope they are as cool as my favourite fictional film planets, which you can read all about here.
Beach bars on tropical islands will continue to play too much Bob Marley
Some things will never change…
What do you think the future of travel will look like? Which one of my predictions would you most like to experience? Let me know!