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Robots, space and virtual reality: Skyscanner reveals the future of travel

April 15, 2014 Social Media No Comments Email Email

How will humans travel in 2024? Will we experience holidays from our couch? Will robots make our holiday bookings?  Will space replace London as our favourite destination?

Global travel site Skyscanner has the answer to these questions and many more with the launch of their detailed report on the Future of Travel 2024.

The first section of the report, which launches today, looks at how the planning and booking of travel is set to change over the next 10 years.

Readers will be introduced to TOM (Traveller of the Millennium) and his Digital Travel Buddy – a virtual companion which uses artificial intelligence to accurately suggest and book suitable trips.

The future, according to Skyscanner, will see wearable technology evolve from the recently launched Google Glass to a device so small that it will fit onto a contact lens, providing immediate translations, breaking down language barriers and the need to learn the holiday lingo.

Section one of the report also follows TOM as he engages with virtual reality.  Rather than replacing holidays, the Skyscanner report forecasts that virtual reality will offer holidaymakers the opportunity to ‘try before they buy’ allowing them to see the sights, hear the sounds, and even feel the landscape of a destination.

The report is the result of in-depth research and a series of interviews with experts in their field including tech companies, travel futurologists and Skyscanner’s co-founder and CEO, Gareth Williams.

Skyscanner’s Dave Boyte says, “With so many emerging technologies it is mind-boggling to imagine just how we will experience our holidays in the future. These ideas might seem a long way from happening, but actually some of them are already in their development or testing phases.

“This report is a great sneak peek into the future and Skyscanner’s vision of what the symbiotic relationship between technology and travel will look like in the next 10 years.”

Sections two and three will focus on the journey itself and the destinations travellers of the future will visit.  These will be available later in 2014, however readers can sign up here (link tbc) to request notification when they launch.

Read or download the report at

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