You guess is as good as ours when it comes to predicting long-term trends in the travel industry. MSN UK however has revealed some new ideas and how the phenomenon of backpacking will change in the future.
It’s no secret that at at the speed of technology, the speed of travel is also be thrown full throttle ahead. MSN UK surveyed over 10,000 people on what they thought travel and the world would be like in the year 2025.
More than half (63%) thought we will still travel by plane (so obviously low cost airlines aren’t going anywhere) with train travel falling behind at only 7%. Alongside that point, many thought that by the time 2025 rolls around, we’ll be able to fly to our favourite long-haul destinations in far less time, making the world a much smaller and more accessible place… but most costly!
What happens when more people start to travel because the world is more accessible and flight times are shorter?
Airport congestion and increased airport security.
We already complain enough about full-body scanners, long waits to check-in and additional luggage fees!
Air travel is expected to become “a most unbearable experience” thanks to overcrowded airports and airplanes (standing-room only flights?). At least many Britons also thought that many more might opt to go for a stay-cation because global warming is going to deliver hotter summers in England and throughout the UK.
As for our favourite backpacking destinations through Thailand and south-east Asia, they’re expected to be full-blown developed tourist spots, therefore unaffordable for vagabonds with an itch to discover. Current backpacking destinations will change and from the survey it looks like flights to China, Australia and Eastern Europe will take over for Thailand and Indonesia.
What do you think the travel world will be like in the year 2025?
Are we headed towards more expensive travel costs, over-crowded airport facilities and innovative aircraft? To read more about the survey, head to tnooz.com.
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