Lonely Planet’s 10 Predictions for the Future of Travel
In a move usually reserved for mystics and fortune tellers, Lonely Planet and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) partnered up to release 10 predictions for the future of global travel. Some of the predictions will surprise you.
Lonely Planet’s Top 10 Predictions for the Future of Travel:
1. Travel as life, not luxury. The concept of travel as a rare escape is outdated. Obstacles that prevented people traveling, like high costs, continue to fall away; for those with the means, travel has become a lifestyle.
2. International festival fever. With flights faster and cheaper than ever before, travelers are taking advantage of a global calendar of events.
3. Flights of fantasy. Lie-flat seats, meals prepared by celebrity chefs, wine lists to make a French sommelier salivate… recent years have seen flights becoming ever more luxurious for well-heeled travellers. But more interesting than the upswing in luxe in-flight experiences are the perks available to smaller budgets.
4. The evolution of airports. The image of airports as chaotic and impersonal is disappearing. The success of airport spas and green spaces is sure to bring even more leisure activities within the airport experience: shiatsu or infinity pool before take-off, anyone?
5. The rise of experience hotels. Whether it’s cultural immersion or shock value, travelers look set to demand much more from their accommodation in coming years.
6. Smarter sustainable travel. Green travel has hit the big time as a new generation of travelers builds sustainability into every step of their journeys.
7. Travel planning in your palm. Synced-up app experiences are becoming increasingly the norm for travelers.
8. The lure of unplugged travel. True escapes are becoming highly valued, and remote hotels are starting to make a feature of their lack of internet and phone signal.
9. Return to local knowledge. Travelers’ hunger for secret coves and local trattorias is emboldening them to embrace face-to-face recommendations.
10. Virtual travel. Glimpsing a virtual world or exploring on Google Streetview is a catalyst for a generation of travelers itching to explore for themselves. And the past century’s great strides in transport and new technology have shaped a global community of explorers who are bolder and more curious than ever before.
Loving the fact that Lonely Planet’s top prediction is “Travel as life, not luxury”! People are starting to live in mini-Retirements because it’s becoming affordable.