There have been a lot of advancements made in technology lately. The impact can be felt across industries, but the travel industry hasn’t had a lot of talk around it. There are a lot of things that could impact travel and tourism, so let’s take a look at them. Read on for our picks on what tech can change the future of travel.
Virtual reality is set to change a lot of things in the future. In the gaming world, which is the closest grasp the technology currently has, developers are working on their chicken and egg situation of making quality games from the funds of VR headsets to sell VR headsets.
Meanwhile, Zuckerberg and the Silicone Valley are pushing the idea that VR is the next step in social media, fiercely suggesting we use the headset to meet up with friends, host conferences and maintain our long-distance relationships.
But what about the travel industry? Well, there has been talk for a while of developing VR experiences that will allow you to travel the world for almost free and without the need to even leave your home.
Users can take a wander around their hometown, make family trips to their home countries for events and be present at events that they can’t physically make.
And then there are the tourists, who simply want to see somewhere they can’t reach themselves. Whether the country in question is a $500 economy flight away or the land in question isn’t reachable without a speedboat, a camel ride, and a prayer to God, it is all available on VR.
It is a perfect fusion of reality and fantasy. People will be able to see the world and all its beauty, without the high price tag and physical toll.
It is being said that VR will drastically change tourism. There will be travel experiences for users to enjoy, like the VR rooms that offer a gaming experience right now, only they will lead a guided tour around Rome’s Colosseum or Paris’ catacombs.
They can even take you a step further and allow tourist to travel through time. Have you ever wanted to see the temples of ancient China? Or visit the pyramids of Egypt once they were built? Watch the fall of Troy in real time? Or see the French revolution play out in real time? The possibilities are endless, and can give every country a boost in tourism.
Cryptocurrency is a new concept, that has a lot of people who aren’t addicted to the latest gadgets scratching their head. What is Elon Musk going on about? What is a blockchain? A new Lego competitor?
People need not worry right now. There are few practical uses for cryptocurrency without trading it in for the local national currency – and that’s where travel enthusiasts might turn their heads.
Cryptocurrency’s decentralized nature means that it doesn’t need to go through a national bank to be bought, traded, used, etc. What this means is that it is one of the few currencies that will allow it to be distributed and used around the world.
There are currently crypto ATMs being installed in major cities around the world, allowing wandering tech-savvy travelers to take out their cryptocurrency as the local currency and spend it without a problem. They can also buy bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies from the kiosks for trading and investing.
And a lot of other uses for crypto involve travelling. For one thing, the pioneer of cryptocurrency, Elon Musk is allowing customers to buy Teslas with their crypto earnings, and over 600 airlines are currently allowing you to buy your flights with Bitcoin.
The future might be filled with backpackers stopping at ATMs to collect their OMI coin to pay for their hostel beds.
Working from not home
The digital nomad life is more popular and more possible now more than ever. You can’t tell me someone looking at a travel blog hasn’t spotted the many #vanlife content posts out there.
Not only is the idea more possible with the increasing amount of industries and jobs that can be done solely from a computer screen, but the idea seems to speak to people.
A certain worldwide event forced us to stay in our homes and work, and from it came a love-hate relationship with the idea. The concept of working from home meant freedom to a certain extent. Freedom to wear pajamas to work, to work around events and children, to take a loo break without a team manager timing us, but it also confined us to our homes and immediate area.
It only makes sense that people started looking further away. When offices started opening up again, a surprising amount of people asked to stay at home, but another surprising amount of people started moving around the country, taking their work with them.
There are a lot of industries and jobs that allow for the digital nomad lifestyle, most of which have the term “freelance” in the title somewhere. Freelance writers, editors, coders, personal assistants, etc. were all able to do their job from on the road, or while feeling the sand between their toes. And we can only guess that as mangers become more used to the idea of not micromanaging their teams, and as industries continue to migrate onto the internet, we’ll see a lot more Zoom meetings start with “Good morning from Vietnam!”