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How Tech Will Drive The Future Of Travel

24 Apr 2021, 21:51 GMT+10

The future of travel is already beginning to unveil itself in the form of high-speed trains and digital check-in services. In the face of the ongoing covid-19 pandemic, we've seen a whole hose of new technology emerge, including rapid testing. But, how exactly will technology drive the future of travel, do you ask? In this article, we're going to explore the possibilities and what is already happening.

The future of travel technology

While the future of travel technology may not necessarily see hover crafts make an appearance, travel is certainly becoming more advanced. Technology is abundant for travel, from virtual holiday planning to better security and medical technology, including the popular Next-day Covid-19 result.

Portable tech

Thanks to advances in technology, it is now possible to pack our favourite devices in our carry-on luggage. Spanning small drones to Apple watches, there are plenty of gadgets that can be beneficial when travelling. However, when travelling, there is security, which is where the question of discretion comes in. As phones are getting larger, there is the issue of theft that must be considered. Likewise can be said for wearable devices too.

Improved applications

On the topic of mobile devices and accompanying technology, we can expect applications to play a large part in our travel. It is easier than ever to manipulate the tech we are familiar with to help us when new challenges arise. The covid-19 has seen GPS technology be used completely with the Track and Trace application. Apps in the future may help us to make more of a conscious effort to travel sustainably with better tracking and planning features.

Easier trip planning

Planning your trip is likely to be an easy task in the future. You may be able to virtually check out locations before visiting them. Numerous applications and websites make it simple to review information and book accommodation. Added to this is the use of AI, which makes travel requests via websites and applications easier. You can change your itinerary at the very last minute and make requests at your hotel with AI, and this is only expected to improve in the future of travel.

Paperless travel

It's already possible to check-in for travel online, carry digital boarding passes, and pay using contactless cards. However, technology is only expected to boom even more to a point where we won't need to carry cash at all or bits of paper. Not only will this be a great move for the planet in a bid to live more sustainably, but it'll also reduce the likeliness of germs spreading too. One of the main concerns circulating travel and coronavirus is that of unnecessary handling and contact. More people are making an effort to travel without paper, and this is certainly going to continue.

Fewer language barriers

Technology is already seeing us break down language barriers with innovative applications. There's little to no need to carry around a phrasebook these days when we have Google Translate in our pockets. In the future, it is likely that technology will enable us to have a fluid two-way multi-language conversation with instant translation applications. Without a doubt, this will change the way that we interact when travelling and give us greater freedom while abroad.

Covid-19 and travelling

For those required to travel while the pandemic is ongoing, there are many ways in which you can do so safely with the aid of technology. Here are a few pointers to help you make the most of the technology you have available right now:

  • Use Track and Trace - the NHS provides a free Track and Trace application that can be downloaded easily to your mobile device. You can use the app to track 'R' rates in your area and trace whether you have been in contact with someone who carries the coronavirus.
  • Download boarding passes - be sure to download your boarding pass before arriving at the airport. This will minimise the need for contact and handling.
  • Take carry-on luggage only - where you can, only travel with a carry-on bag or suitcase to avoid excessive handling and spreading of germs.
  • Wear your mask and sanitise - be mindful of where you're travelling to and wear your mask at all times. You should also bring plenty of sanitiser and sanitise your seat, belt, and anything else you may come into contact with.
  • Stay in a safe hotel - many hotels are operating with extra precautions in place to avoid the spreading of germs. Book a hotel that is 'coronavirus-friendly' to minimise the chances of contracting and spreading the virus.

While tech changes have been aplenty during the pandemic, much of the travel tech that we've seen in place to cope with the Covid-19 outbreak will be in place for years to come; making travelling safer permanently.

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