In 2015 we’ll make the world our classroom, attending workshops, and conferences across the globe. While traveling to our destination, we will see changes in luggage compartments, more-comfortable premium economy cabins, smartphones that double as our wallets, staying in private houses and apartments that feel like hotels, visit resorts and travel with companies that give all profits back to local communities.
1st Overhead bins being bigger and lower.
Have you ever had trouble putting your carry-on bag in an overhead bin. I’ve struggled getting my heavy bag loaded in the small, high space and am really looking forward to this getting rolled out into more planes. Boeing is leading the change with bins holding up to 174 carry-ons which is a 49 percent increase from current capacity Hopefully the larger and lower compartments will make it easier to load bags and board quicker.
2nd More hotels are offering big name retreats.
These retreats will feature time with scientists, technologists, and foreign-policy experts to name a few. Can you image listening to Tony Robbins talking about how to unleash the power within?
3rd Your phone will help guide you through the airport.
This is probably no surprise to you as we use our phones for many things including taking pictures and reading e-mails, but it will be your personal concierge. Your phone will help you find currency-exchange counters that have the best rates, how long it’ll take to reach your gate, and other useful tips. If your phone starts buzzing the next time you’re in an airport, it could be location-specific alerts enabled by low-frequency Bluetooth sensors.
4th Lighting and furniture enhancements will help you sleep better in hotels.
A new bedside fixture that gradually wakes you up with cortisol producing shades of blue light is being rolled out in the Las Vegas MGM. The Westin is piloting wearable monitors that will track your movements at night and analyze the causes of any restlessness. Crowne Plaza has unveiled a new headboard that helps minimize noise by 30 percent.
5th Your phone will become your wallet
You’ll be able to buy things simply by placing your phone in front of a sensor at checkout.
6th Networking programs will help you choose airplane seatmates.
Two programs help facilitate this. One is Delta’s Innovation Class where you can earn an airplane seat beside business leaders, as they fly to industry events. The second is KLM’s Meet & Seat program where passengers can use the airline to choose their seatmates based on social-network profiles.
7th Fourth class seats will be available.
Singapore and Lufthansa Airlines will introduce the fourth class of seating this year. It’s easy to see the appeal: friendlier fares paired with business-style perks including greater seat pitch, better meals, privacy dividers, and airport lounge access.
8th Your rental may be done through Airbnb
AirBNB will become more popular. It was started in 2008 and now, millions of hosts and travelers use it so they can list their space and book unique accommodations anywhere in the world. The line between hotels and rentals will be blurred. Airbnb highlights some very professional-style listings. So, if you're interested in staying at a stylish eight-room property in Los Cabos, Mexico, Rooms are available only through Airbnb.
9th You'll Give Back on Vacation
Many travel companies have sister foundations that will put your donations to good use. Some companies are committing all profits to such projects. Check if your hotel has a relationship with Pack For a Purpose. The organization works with hotels that have identified development goals in local communities.
Do any of these appeal to you? My favorite is the more spacious overhead bins. I can’t wait until planes are refitted with more convenient storage. How about sitting next to a VIP and having a great discussion on your favorite subject? Whether you sit by the CEO of Google on the plane or go to a travel conference in India, you’ll be ready for the upcoming travel changes.
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