What will the future of travel look like?
By Aimee Heckel
Younger people travel differently than their parents, according to Expedia’s recently released Future of Travel Study.
The study tracked more than 8,500 millennial travelers across 24 countries, noting their likes and dislikes — in anticipation of how this will potentially affect the future of travel.
Some of the interesting findings in the study:
- Loyalty programs are important to millennials. So is the ability to use mobile devices to book travel.
- Younger travelers are also more willing to spend company money on high-end meals, flight upgrades and room service than their 46- to 65-year-old counterparts.
- Millennials are also more comfortable mixing business trips with personal vacations.
Mashable also has a Future of Travel webpage, presented by Marriott, which highlights travel developments and new technologies.
Here you can find an extensive collection of travel trends, such from 10 startups making travel more affordable to bags that charge your mobile devices while you travel. Find one such bag, the Powerbag, at Sears for about $100.
The Powerbag features a removable battery that can charge your smartphone or tablet while it’s stored in easily accessible, padded pockets.
As mobile devices become increasingly more popular among younger travelers, travel apps will become increasingly more important. The Like a Local app will help you skip the tourist traps and travel through a new city like a local.
Another cool app is Field Trip, which sends your phone information about landmarks, events, restaurants and other sites to see as you get close to them. This app merges adventurous spontaneity with useful information, and is a great way to explore a new city or even your home town.
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