What won't change in travel in the next 20 years?

Travel Forums General Talk What won't change in travel in the next 20 years?

1. Posted by Peter (Admin 7207 posts) 12w Star this if you like it!

I read an interesting perspective earlier this week about future gazing and thought I'd throw it out to the Travellerspoint community.

A lot of times we like to look into our crystal ball and think of all the things that will change in the coming years. Flying cars, levitating skateboards and so on. The future feels as uncertain as ever to me, so there are plenty of wildly different ways things could develop.

But here's the different perspective - maybe we should be spending more time looking at what won't change in the future.

Looking back over the last 21 years since Travellerspoint started, I can definitely see that travel has changed quite considerably. With access to smartphones, everything has become easier. Information is much easier to find. Connectivity is easier when you travel. While I sometimes wonder whether that's even a good thing, there is no arguing that it's vastly different than it was back then. But some things also haven't changed. We still seem to all have the same itch to explore the world for example.

My challenge to you all is to do a little future gazing and let me know what you think will not change in the coming 20 years!

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3. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 2541 posts) 12w 1 Star this if you like it!

If you look at my travel writing about my trip in 1964 to Europe you will see plenty that has changed since then. But absent the ability to telaport to a place, it is still - trains, planes and automobiles (and ships).

We will still want to talk to local people and find out about them. We will still want to sample local cuisine, or alternatively if we are picky eaters who don't want to try anything new, some of us will still be eating at the Taj Mahal McDonalds (joke)

Although some sites are already closed to visitors because of the damage done by hundreds of people tromping through, and more may be cloed in the future, we will still travel to see those places or their replicas.

If I am able to travel, I am still going to be take photos.

What is going to be especially challenging more than in the past might be separating the A/I information that is false from the truth about a place.

4. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 5372 posts) 12w 1 Star this if you like it!

I think we will still have crazy, disruptive passengers that have to be removed from the planes. Or tied to their seats!

Some are humorous and some flat out dangerous!

Google type search will give you some samples.

5. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 1615 posts) 12w 1 Star this if you like it!

What won't change: Increasing use of biometrics for verifying identity and for monitoring and surveillance.

6. Posted by Didier57 (Inactive 4 posts) 10w 1 Star this if you like it!

What probably won’t change
More and more people going to the same touristic places at the same time, without forgetting to take the necessary and essential selfie.

7. Posted by vikhyat (Inactive 1 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

The enduring human desire to explore, the value of in-person connections, the timeless allure of natural and historical wonders, and the unpredictability of travel experiences are aspects unlikely to change in the next 20 years.

[ Edit: Edited on 9 Jan 2024, 05:50 GMT by vikhyat ]