Top travel trends for 2023: the future of travel

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The latest travel trends for 2023 have dropped, and while there’s a disappointing lack of jetpacks, hoverboards, and flying cars, there’s plenty to excite futurists.

Travel technology company Amadeus has unveiled five new developments that will shape travel next year.

“In the past, the world predicted the impact of technology on travel in an entirely physical way, visualizing ever larger and faster modes of transport,” said Daniel Batchelor, vice president of Amadeus.

“The future is here now, and it looks very different.

“People want to reduce their impact on the planet, while putting human relationships and society as a whole first.

“In this exciting new reality, technology is enabling us to achieve these goals.”

A new kind of travel agency

The metaverse allows travelers to explore a destination before they arrive or relive the vacation experience as soon as they leave.

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There is potential for better pre-trip assistance, such as booking flights or meeting a travel agent in a Second Life-like environment.

Walt Disney Co. plans to create a real world amusement park with parallel 3D virtual world experience.

And Seoul is blazing a trail with its plans to become “meta” by 2023, with a platform titled “Metaverse Seoul”.

Qatar Airways recently announced Qverse with a MetaHuman cabin crew, providing an immersive experience to tour, navigate and check-in at Hamad International Airport.

There is potential for better pre-trip assistance, such as booking flights or meeting a travel agent in a Second Life-like environment. Photo: Getty

Smile for your seat

Biometrics help create a smooth payment experience for travel.

Biometric payments – through ApplePay and GooglePay – have become mainstream for retail. Next year, travel will likely take biometric payments to the next level.

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Airports already use biometrics to identify travel documents, so the logical next step is to use this identity check for all payments travelers make during their travels.

Suppose a traveler uses biometrics to check in, drop off luggage, and board the plane. In that case, these identity checks can be doubled to cover payments they make while travelling, such as adding a meal on board.

Leave the bags at home

Hotels will offer travelers more amenities so that they can travel lighter.

A combination of customers becoming more aware of their carbon footprint and the cost of checked baggage is causing bags to shrink.

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Hotels and resorts are increasingly renting out bulky items to travelers, such as sports equipment and sportswear. Many do this from local suppliers to be all the more popular with tourists.

Working from roaming

Remote workers are embracing the nomadic lifestyle and migrating to different locations as ‘work from anywhere’ policies become the norm.

Amadeus predicts that employees will choose to spend time with friends and family in their home market or spend a month working abroad.

A man sits on top of a building with a cell phone.
Home workers embrace the nomadic lifestyle. Photo: Getty

Connect business breaks

In recent years, many companies have implemented a work-from-anywhere policy.

This has created the challenge of team bonding and collaboration.

As a result, there has been a resurgence in “internal journey” plans, bringing teams together to strengthen relationships.