Take look at what the future of travel could look like, with the likes of space travel, teleportation and smart travel on the horizon.
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The Future of Travel

by Travelbag on 14 July 2017, 13:07PM

The future of travel is set to transform dramatically over the next decade, with transportation technology rapidly advancing. Gone will be the days of road trips and staycations, or ridiculous long-haul flights across the world. With transport and smart travel being a focus for many in the tech, engineering and science industries, expect to see some exciting new developments on the horizon.

 Future of Travel

The future of the holiday industry is a fascinating topic in itself, with many of us wondering what our vacations will be like in years to come. Now that futuristic methods of transport are almost a reality, and smart travel is being woven into every part of the journey from the booking phase to the trip itself, how we go about planning and taking a holiday is sure to change dramatically in the coming yearsWe’ve taken a look at some of the predictions for the travel industry and listed our favourites below!

Superfast Transport

Superfast Transport

With the likes of the Concorde and Japanese bullet trains already a reality, superfast travel is nothing new. However, in the future it’s set to get even faster, with designs having already been drawn up for superfast transport systems such as Elon Musk’s Hyperloop.

Hyperloop is currently a concept transport system, on which passengers could board pods and then be fired through vacuum tubes at more than 600mph. With the assistance of MIT, the prototype pods have already started going through testing, but are not likely to be a reality for at least another 50 years.

Speed is just one of many aspects of transport that will transform in the future. We’ll also see the rollout of automated, driverless cars, as well as renewable vehicles and even the potential for mini roving homes, for those who are interested in a nomadic migratory lifestyle.

Smart Travel

Smart Travel

With the rise of the smartphone and wearable tech, travellers and holidaymakers can take control of their vacation and journey from start to finish. Modern smartphones allow the general public to shop around for the best deals, as well as reducing the need for face-to-face check-ins, with passengers using apps and paperless boarding passes instead.

Wearable technology may be the area where holidaymakers experience the most difference in the future. From the tap of a watch, hotels and airlines will be able to cater for your every need and even sense when you’re waking up and want the lights turned on, without you even needing to move.

Virtual reality is also allowing people to experience new destinations around the world directly from a VR headset, giving people access to digital forms of travel without needing to spend a penny or board a plane.

Space Travel and Teleportation

Space Travel

Commercial space travel is a real possibility, right here and now. Elon Musk and Richard Branson are two of the notable entrepreneurs who are pursuing commercial space travel for the masses. SpaceX, Elon Musk’s company, is even hoping to make a mission to Mars possible by 2020!

Teleportation could also be more than just a fantasy, with engineers and professors scoping out future teleporting machine designs. However, making a fictional transportation system, like that from the world of Star Trek, into a reality is much more easily said than done. Using laser beams and their knowledge of quantum mechanics, scientists are exploring how to move solid objects from one location to another without any loss of time, but it will still be some time before anyone gets ‘beamed up’.

On the other hand, quantum teleportation is currently the most likely and interesting option for future telecommunication, with people or objects being moved by encoding information and transmitting through a laser beam to a new location almost instantly.

Watch this space for the fascinating future of travel and find out how far we’ve come already using our historical Google Maps tool.

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