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In my last post with Marriott Rewards Credit Card from Chase we talked about what motivates travel choices amongst different age groups. This time they asked Americans to predict how travel will change in the next 15 years.
Though 15 years doesn’t seem like all that far into the future, when I think back to the year 2000, so much has changed about travel since then. Pagers were a big thing, smart phones didn’t exist yet, if people wanted to get in contact while traveling, they probably had to find an internet café, or worse, pick up the phone and use a dreaded calling card. Facebook also didn’t exist, and Wi-Fi certainly wasn’t as widely available as it is now. E-readers hadn’t been introduced.
Back then, the Euro had only barely been introduced, so it’s fun to think about how much might completely change by the year 2030. Here are some of the things people answered when surveyed by Marriott Rewards Credit Card from Chase about the future of travel:
Personal Trainers will be replaced by holograms
I smiled when I read that thirty-seven percent of those polled think a hologram of a personal trainer will eventually replace personal trainers. They are already correct, because the guy who leads the spin classes at my gym in Berlin isn’t actually a guy at all, but an electronic version of a trainer who sometimes winks at us and makes funny faces while we try not to fall off the stationary bikes (harder than it seems).
My take: I know what they mean – even when you travel, you can have a personal trainer who is always with you, but honestly, a hologram can’t replace the emotional drive offered by a fellow human being, so I hope this doesn’t catch on further by 2030.
Passports will be replaced by face recognition technology
50% of those polled believe human face recognition technology could replace passports altogether. Personally, I really don’t see why it doesn’t already. I’m in the process of figuring out when to renew my passport (and what to do about associated visas) and it’s a huge headache. This way, it’s much harder to steal anyone’s identity, the dreaded lost passport will be a thing of the past, and I can stop checking, re-checking, and triple checking that I have my passport.
My take: I’ve long thought current methods to be pretty archaic when things like retina scanners and fingerprints exist. Why are we still using a paper book? Honestly?
Travel to space will be possible
Whenever I’m asked what my top destination is, I reply with, “the moon,” and I mean it entirely because I am dying to literally get out of this world. It would feel amazing. Thirty-five percent of those surveyed believe it’s a possibility to travel to a destination in space in the next 15 years. I guess they mean other than the moon? Because for millionaires, that’s already possible.
My take: I truly, deeply hope this becomes possible, not least of all because we’re running out of room and resources on this planet and it’s time to come up with some solutions. Maybe that kind of perspective – seeing how good we have it on Earth – would be good for the human race.
Mobile travel guides will be personalized
Nearly half of those polled believe that soon, travel information won’t just come in Lonely Planet form, but will be personalized. I suppose that already exists in music technology, so why not travel technology? Of course, it’s easier, quicker, and less time consuming to hear a song and quickly give it a thumbs down or thumbs up than it is to experience a destination or activity and then say, “nah, that wasn’t for me, thumbs down.” For now, I guess travel blogs (and finding those with interests aligned with your own) are the best method for trusting whose suggestions to follow.
My take: If someone can figure out how to do this and do it well, there’s a million+ dollar opportunity out there that Marriott Rewards credit card just handed you on a silver platter.
More travelers will tap into travel rewards
This is my prediction as more travelers become aware of the benefits out there, such as the ones offered by the Marriott Rewards Credit Card from Chase, which lets you earn Marriott Rewards points on all purchases, accumulate free night stays and more to get the most out of your travel. Any time I have an opportunity to build up benefits by using a card instead of cash for everyday and necessary purchases, I do exactly that. It’s a great way to travel and stay for free, and nothing feels better than a (free) awesome place to lay one’s head.