The Future of Travel
While most futurists find it unlikely that we’ll be grounded by peak oil, climate change, or a deadly pandemic, they also say it’s not out of the realm of possibility. In these scenarios, Yeoman predicts trains will replace planes for long-haul transport, relegating former island destinations to backwaters, or, as he sees it, “eco-paradises” for the rich. Places with temperate climes and fresh water will be the hottest destinations of all. He imagines New Zealand as a coveted agrarian state where China’s CEO’s vacation at gated resorts policed by drones and harboring the world’s last dolphins. The rest of us will stay indoors, content to experience the Galápagos on our tablets—by downloading someone else’s memories in full-sensory HD.