From flying cars to “flying” into your luxury treehouse accommodations zipline-style, here’s a glimpse of travel trends 15 years into the future.
During December, it’s not unusual to make predictions about the year ahead. But a recent survey, commissioned by Marriott Rewards Credit Card from Chase, jumped further ahead in time, asking people in the United States to predict the top travel trends for the year 2030.
Included in the sample group were more than 1,000 Americans ages 18 to 67. Some answers were fairly predictable. For example, 58 percent of the respondents expect passports will become available on digital devices by 2030 and 50 percent believe this will involve facial recognition technology. Also, nearly 58 percent predict smart watches and more digital mobile payment options will become more popular across the globe.
Other predictions were more dramatic. Approximately 24 percent of those surveyed said they believe flying cars will become a reality and 26 percent think transAtlantic trains are a possibility.
- Among the other predictions for 2030:
– 61% believe there will be 24/7 virtual concierges;
- – 47% foresee personalized mobile travel guides;
- – 40% expect to see underwater hotels;
- – 35% believe space travel will be possible;
- – 51% think there will be more extreme hotel experiences, such as staying in a private hut over the ocean or taking a zipline to their private treehouse;
- – A large majority (about 71%) predict that most Americans will be opting for eco-travel destinations by 2030.