The Biggest Travel Stories of 2015

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This year, developments in the travel world have altered everything from in-flight entertainment to airfare prediction.

Virtual Reality Became a Legitimate Way to Travel

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It seemed like a futurist vision or geek obsession until recently, but Virtual Reality has arrived in full force—allowing travelers to scope out their vacations in 360-degrees before actually booking. Apps that run virtual tours on the Samsung Gear and Oculus Rift headsets include YouVisit (for destinations at large) and WoofbertVR (for museums); we’re hedging our bets on hotel tours via VR in 2016. Until then, you can also try out the Samsung systems at Marriott Hotels, which added virtual travel to its amenity list in September, or download destination-themed content (like these tours of British Columbia or the Shard, in London) on your own Google Cardboard unit.

marriott virtual reality room service

The Biggest Travel Stories of 2015

Virtual Reality Became a Legitimate Way to Travel

It seemed like a futurist vision or geek obsession until recently, but Virtual Reality has arrived in full force—allowing travelers to scope out their vacations in 360-degrees before actually booking. Apps that run virtual tours on the Samsung Gear and Oculus Rift headsets include YouVisit (for destinations at large) and WoofbertVR (for museums); we’re hedging our bets on hotel tours via VR in 2016. Until then, you can also try out the Samsung systems at Marriott Hotels, which added virtual travel to its amenity list in September, or download destination-themed content (like these tours of British Columbia or the Shard, in London) on your own Google Cardboard unit.

Courtesy of Marriott
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