The internet of the future will offer us the opportunity to travel in entirely new ways, either through fully immersive virtual travel experiences or by complementing real-world travel experiences with cutting-edge technology.
Metaverse and decentralized internet technology will enable travel agencies to offer their customers a more personalized and immersive experience. As these technologies continue to advance, they are expected to have a major transformative impact on the travel industry.
Let’s explore three major ways the internet of the future will influence and enhance how we travel and how we see the world.
Virtual reality (VR) lets you explore new places without leaving your home, office, or classroom. While this will by no means replace the magic of real-world travel, there is still great value in being able to explore the world without hopping on a plane, train, or taking a long road trip.
For example, Patagonia created an Oculus Rift experience that allows users to visit the remote mountain Monte Fitzroy, including viewing the breathtaking glacial lake at the base of the mountain. In reality Monte He may never be able to visit Fitzroy, but this immersive experience gives us the next best thing.
VR can also be used by travelers to “try before you buy” to see if they want to visit a destination before purchasing a ticket, hotel or excursion. Hotels are already using VR as a marketing tool to direct visitors to their hotel doors.
As the Metaverse evolves and incorporates more digital replicas of real-life destinations, we will be able to travel anywhere just by putting on a headset. As the internet of the future will be connected and permanently connected, we will also be able to seamlessly travel from one place to another with virtual luggage.
Improving real-world travel
Future Internet technologies will also continue to improve and enhance our real-world travel experience. Attractions like Disney parks are already working to incorporate virtual world simulators into their venues using projected imagery.
There are already virtual reality theme parks offering a variety of games, rides and experiences, such as VR Star Theme Park in China and VR Park in Dubai, and we expect to see more of these destinations in the future.
Traditional theme parks will also incorporate VR and AR into their usual rides and experiences. For example, SeaWorld in Orlando, Florida gives riders VR headsets to enhance the roller coaster experience. In addition to the usual twists and turns of roller coasters, VR headsets take riders into a digital underwater world.
Also, people will make traveling easier, more fun and more enjoyable with the help of AR. Imagine arriving at your real-world destination and seeing interactive information like directions, landmarks, and points of interest on your smart glasses or smartphone.
Google Maps’ Live View AR feature overlays easy-to-follow AR arrows and directions on the real-world road in front of you to guide you where to walk and turn to get to your destination.
Tunnel Vision NYC is another AR app that turns a New York City subway map into an interactive visualization. Chinese ride-hailing app DiDi has an augmented reality feature that allows passengers to find their exact pick-up location inside buildings such as stations and airports.
Travel and Web3 technology
Web3 technologies like blockchain will also make their way into the travel industry. Blockchain-based booking platforms are already available, and companies like TUI Group are working to integrate blockchain and smart contracts into their travel businesses. Businesses may be looking to use blockchain-based booking to eliminate middleman sites like Orbitz and Expedia.
We also expect to see more travel-related non-fungible tokens (NFTs) in the future internet. Luxury hotel brand his Marriott Bonvoy partnered with artists TXREK, JVY and Erick Nicolay to create unique his NFTs, each of which he awarded to his three winners along with 200,000 Marriott Bonvoy points .
As Web3 technology continues to transform the travel industry, not only can all travel be booked on the blockchain, even passports could become NFTs on the decentralized web.