Most Important Travel Trends of 2012

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Dan Saelinger

T+L takes a look at trends that are transforming the travel landscape and predicts what the year ahead holds.

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You’ll travel with fewer gadgets.

Prepare to pack lighter. The latest tablets and notebooks are getting skinnier, and they’re also faster and more full-featured—witness the balanced, crisp photos of the Grand Canyon you took on your tablet. Besides cameras, these do-it-all devices can function as everything from e-readers and movie players to videophones and Wi-Fi hot spots. The other reason to leave those extra gadgets home? We’re moving from an era of hardware supremacy to an age of software, apps, and anytime-accessible pictures, music, videos, and documents via iCloud, SugarSync, and other online storage services. With so much of our data being stored “in the cloud,” let’s hope 2012 isn’t also a big year for hackers.

By the Numbers: iPad users in the U.S. have increased 59% between February and September 2011.
Figure courtesy of comScore, Inc.

Most Important Travel Trends of 2012

Technology

You’ll travel with fewer gadgets.

Prepare to pack lighter. The latest tablets and notebooks are getting skinnier, and they’re also faster and more full-featured—witness the balanced, crisp photos of the Grand Canyon you took on your tablet. Besides cameras, these do-it-all devices can function as everything from e-readers and movie players to videophones and Wi-Fi hot spots. The other reason to leave those extra gadgets home? We’re moving from an era of hardware supremacy to an age of software, apps, and anytime-accessible pictures, music, videos, and documents via iCloud, SugarSync, and other online storage services. With so much of our data being stored “in the cloud,” let’s hope 2012 isn’t also a big year for hackers.

By the Numbers: iPad users in the U.S. have increased 59% between February and September 2011.
Figure courtesy of comScore, Inc.

Dan Saelinger
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