Can physical travel ever be replaced by technology?

Travel Forums General Talk Can physical travel ever be replaced by technology?

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1. Posted by Globetrotter11 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Can physical travel ever be replaced by technology such as Full Dive Virtual Reality? Or in other words will technology completely make travel obsolete? When I say travel I mean flying to another country for holidays or to visit family or friends.

I am not talking about business travel as I know that Zoom and a whole bunch of videoconferencing platforms will partially if not completely replace business travel.

[ Edit: Edited on 26 Sep 2021, 22:21 GMT by Globetrotter11 ]

2. Posted by goodfish (Full Member 262 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Short answer? No.

3. Posted by tour_guy (Budding Member 7 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

No and I don't think it will satisfy my travel experience ;)

4. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 3610 posts) 4w 2 Star this if you like it!

"Can physical travel ever be replaced by technology..."


Can you keep in good shape by just watching other people exercise??

5. Posted by travel T (Budding Member 10 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

whatever technology holds, with any virtual thing you'll end up being at your living room at the end of the day... definitely won't compare to my beloved beach walks and dinning out.

6. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 1620 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Definitely not! Almost everyone can see gorillas, the Taj Mahal, Petra and a myriad of other things by watching television, visiting a website or going on-line. Nothing beats the experience of seeing these things in real life.

I remember being told there were no stupid questions but ...

[ Edit: Edited on 29 Sep 2021, 21:40 GMT by Borisborough ]

7. Posted by Teoni (Travel Guru 1744 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

I see where you are coming from but no matter how good virtual reality becomes it wont ever be the same as actual travel. Travel is more than just seeing sights, it is tasting the food, smelling new aromas, stumbling through foreign languages, trying to puzzle transport systems, sweating through humidity, baking in the sun, freezing in the snow, it is all the people you meet who are just living their ordinary lives in the lands you are travelling through. No virtual reality can capture that all five senses, using all your brain power and muscles you didn't know you have experience that travel can give you.

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9. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 2048 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

I just went to the Galapagos - a place I have wanted to visit for over 60 years. I am no longer mobile enough to walk to see the giant tortoises or Darwin's finches. And I just saw a zoom presentation where they presenter said that you couldn't get the full experience if you were in a wheelchair and not able to walk. That's true. But just because I couldn't get the "full" experience that doesn't mean that the trip was a waste of time and money. I saw things that I wanted to see and also things that I didn't know that I wanted to see. I saw many video presentations about the Galapagos before I went. And there were still things that surprised me.

So what each person gets in an actual in-person trip is different depending on the person. There is no way that the virtual reality experience can tell what would impress anyone if they were there in person. If someone is completely paralyzed and confined and dependent on others for care, then a virtual trip is all that they can do. Otherwise, such a trip is just a preview.

10. Posted by vigneshwarwork (Budding Member 13 posts) 1d Star this if you like it!

no, or yes we can't predict the future so let's see what things were ready out there.