VIRTUAL REALITY, FLYING TAXIS, UNDERWATER
HOTELS: HOW WILL WE TRAVEL IN 25 YEARS?
Travel has come a long way in the last 25 years, but as Teletext celebrates its 25th anniversary we can’t help but wonder - what’s in store for us next? Will we be able to try before we buy with virtual reality holidays? Will robots make room service and cocktails by the pool even simpler? We've rounded up the most exciting travel developments...
HIT THE BEACH BEFORE YOU BUY
Waiting in a queue in a shop to speak to a travel agent about booking a summer holiday seems a lifetime ago, but things are soon to get even simpler. Advances in technology mean that handy holiday-planning apps have been a big hit in the market (particularly the Teletext Holidays app!), meaning you can arrange everything from your flights to your itinerary without so much as moving from the sofa. But can it get any better? We’ve all heard the saying “try before you buy” and that’s exactly what we’ll be able to do. Travel companies are beginning to change the game by introducing virtual reality headsets so that customers can experience a taste of their beach holiday before they buy – mooch around your hotel, explore the resort or see how many steps you are from the beach. If only you could treat yourself to a pool-side cocktail while you’re there, too!
RISE OF THE ROBOTS
Image: Royal Caribbean
Arnie promised us time and time again that he’d be back, and it appears he was right. Robot workers are on the rise and new research reveals that we could have staff-less hotels by 2020 – so imagine what things will look like by 2042? Take travelling in style to the extreme on board Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas by pulling up a chair in the Bionic Bar – simply order your cocktail and watch it being crafted by the bar’s very own robot arms – now that’s what we call service.
Henn-na Hotel in Japan is already taking things futuristic and was the first hotel to have robots as staff, with curious characters (including a dinosaur bot) manning the front desk. But that’s not the only place you’ll find a helping hand; in New York, YOTEL’s bellboy bot organises your luggage while you wait for your room, and in Belgium, The Ghent Marriott Hotel’s bot does everything from answering FAQs to greeting on the reception desk.
TRANSFORMERS MOVIES, MOVE OVER
Did someone say jumbo jets and transatlantic trains? That’s right, the way we travel is set to change quite a bit in years to come thanks to developments in hypersonic travel. Futuristic planes (let’s just say spaceships) are in construction thanks to efforts between U.S and Australian military scientists, with plans to make a rocket flight from London to Sydney down to just TWO hours by 2018 (roughly the time it would take to actually watch a Transformers movie). Boeing is also working on the project. Similarly, an idea proposed in a competition run by think-tank IPPR North has set sights on creating an undersea transatlantic railroad that links London to New York in just a few hours – at this rate we could be sprouting wings and flying around the world ourselves!
PACK YOUR SNORKEL
Dig out your finest pair of flippers, as we’ll be diving a little deeper than expected during our holidays in the future. While we already have a stylish selection of underwater hotels dotted around the world, they’re set to become much more mainstream over the next 10 years. Atlantis The Palm in Dubai, Lime Spa in Maldives and Lovers Deep in Caribbean are a few of our favourite spots if you don’t mind sleeping with the fishes, but they’ll certainly set you back a few bucks - so if you want to live like Ariel for a week we suggest you start saving now!
WATCH OUT UBER
Airbus is set to test a prototype at the end of the year for a fleet of self-flying taxis to help beat rush-hour rage, no biggie. In 2016 the company’s division, Urban Air Mobility, unveiled plans to create a helicopter-style vehicle that will carry commuters across the city in a FLYING car, which you can summon with a click of your smartphone (seriously Uber, watch out!).