Our prediction: You are going to have a year filled with travel and adventure!
Look at travel a decade ago - cameras with films, offline bookings, no smart phones or video calls! It does give goosebumps, right? Today while booking a stay, we read reviews and look at multiple options just from our desk. There was a time when we had no access to internet, a time when our parents lived and travelled, probably in the strangest ways. Technology has come a long way, and it is not going to be long when our travel is completely manipulated by technology. Here is our take on technology that will shape the future of how we travel in 2017 and beyond.
Here's how your travel is going to look like in future.
The age of selfies will slowly shift towards drone photography or ‘dronfie’. The use of drones is predicted to reach a million by next year. Drones will give you the best aerial shots ever. Operating a drone is not everybody’s thing, you need to know how to fly a quadcopter, so that you don’t crash it on someone’s head.
The new Trans-Siberian Railway that is making news recently has expressed its plans to expand its route right up to Japan. If things go well, then it could be possible to travel all the way to London from Japan, although in the first stage, it’ll extend only up to Japan.
360 degree videos
Dynamism is the new evolving travel trend. From black and white, we went to colour. From pictures, we moved on to motion photography. Today in the world of a million mockable memes and gifs, we are progressing towards 360 degree video-making that lets you span over the entire landscape as you touch or scroll the screen. So while you are at your desk, you can actually get a feel of how it looks from the Singapore Flyer or the Grand Canyon, or what a paraglider sees from his perspective.
In the past, we have seen Uber come with chopper rides of your favourite city. With its amazing partnership endeavours, it has offered to give a different view of the city that you live and work in everyday. We see that such innovative ideas are going to make it huge in 2017.
Virtual reality gives you the luxury of going on a vacation, without actually taking one. While that sounds strange, virtual reality is used as a stimulus to boost your wanderlust. Virtual reality is already making its mark on the travel world with many travel agencies and tourism boards taking marketing initiatives.
By automatic transmit, we do not mean that your longstanding dream of teleporting is finally coming true. We mean that the process of automation will advance a step further by introducing biometrics at airport. Facial recognition will further make the check in-check out process smoother and faster.
RFID tagging on luggage
Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) has the ability to transit data wirelessly using radio waves by simply using an attachable-detachable tag on to your bag. This eliminates the risk of lost baggage and helps identifying its location, in case of any mishap. This will be a boon to both airlines and travellers as it reduces cost and increases efficiency.
With social sign ins, personlised integrations and predictions based on your search pattern and location, personalised travel is not too far away. Today, everything that we search is on record. This downpour will lead to personalisation of travel and intelligent recommendations will change the role of a travel agency from ‘order taker’ to a ‘smart travel consultant’.
Since time immemorial, we have had debates over technology being a boon or bane, but the truth is, however imprisoning their habits are, they do make our life easier. With intelligent predictions and technologies getting smarter, our privacy is surely getting compromised. However, we have to decide between the lesser of a devil.
These predictions are purely based on our research and may be not accurate. Some technologies may take longer than expected to deliver depending on a lot of external factors like government policies, infrastructure, politics et al.
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Author: Winnie Karnik