Posted: October 12, 2015

What will traveling be like in 2030?
Commercial space travel coming to an airport near you?

For decades, society has constantly wondered what the future will bring us in terms of how we'll travel. From flying cars cruising through the air to weekend excursions to space, imaginations have often run wild in regard to possible transportation methods. A recent survey conducted by Marriott International and Chase has reached out to people to see how they feel the future of traveling will change by the year 2030. While this isn't too far away, the results indicate that society continues to believe that flying cars and space travel aren't too far-fetched.

Results display bold predictions

Roughly 1,000 travelers between the ages of 18 and 67 were involved in the nationwide survey, and respondents were asked about 10 specific potential transportation methods and travel policies for the future. One of the most widely believed (and most likely to be available) trends within the travel industry involved eco-friendly travel. Seventy-one percent of those surveyed stated that they believe Americans will begin choosing more environmentally safe destinations when it comes to vacationing. This means staying at hotels that incorporate more eco-friendly options, such as solar powering or a heavier emphasis on recycling programs.

While environmentally sound policies are already being practiced by many airlines and hotel chains, the survey results indicate that more advanced forms of traveling are believed to be on the horizon. Thirty-five percent of those surveyed stated that they think commercial space travel will be possible by 2030. While there are companies like Virgin who are already starting to test out more commercial means of traveling to space, this service is currently reserved for the incredibly wealthy. In addition, 24 percent of respondents say that flying cars will be possible by 2030, while 26 percent believe that transatlantic trains will be available too.

"50% of respondents say digital technology will replace paper documents for travel."

There were other interesting areas of travel that were deemed to be plausible in the next few decades. Fifty percent of those surveyed feel that face recognition software or digital passports will be utilized by airport security, with 58 percent believing that mobile devices or digital technology will replace using paper documents. As for hotel accommodations, 40 percent believe that underwater hotels will become a more popular trend in the travel industry, and 37 percent hope that hologram personal trainers will evolve into a routine hotel amenity. Underwater hotels are not that far-fetched, as there are several currently in operation all around the world, such as in Fiji and Dubai. However, these resorts remain some of the most expensive lodging options in the world.

What's possible?

While driving through the air of spending the weekend on the moon may take longer than a few decades to become plausible, what's becoming apparent about the future of traveling is wireless technology. This specifically alludes to collaboration amongst a wide variety of companies to cater to a traveler's experience. For instance, future hotel bookings may include having your clothing preferences or favorite snacks noted and saved in your reservation, so you can have a freshly pressed suit or a savory soda in the fridge waiting for you upon your arrival. As Martin Raymond, co-founder of business travel solutions company The Future Laboratory, points out in an interview with Skyscanner, the best is yet to come for the future of traveling.

"This is just the tip of a very fascinating technological iceberg," Raymond told Skyscanner. "We are witnessing the birth of something that has been dubbed the Internet of Things, where more and more products over the coming decade – 50 billion devices, according to Cisco – will be connected to the internet and to each other. By this I mean products such as clothes, accessories, refrigerators, even toothbrushes and suitcases."

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