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12 Travel Innovations Learned On The Streets Of Austin

Globetrotting has never been easier. And with these amazing travel innovations at our fingertips and in our near future, you’ll want to grab your passport and give in to that wanderlust.

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We asked a bunch of people at Interactive Week in Austin about their thoughts on the future of travel. Here are some standout innovations that we're excited for...

1. Smart suitcases that can tell you when you really shouldn't pack that extra pair of shoes.

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This is a real thing that we clearly all need in our lives: a suitcase that can actually help you decide what to bring. They also have GPS trackers so you'll never lose your luggage again.

2. Forget that spring break beach vacay — you might be able to take a trip to SPACE.

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Adventure junkies, look no further. For a hefty cost, you can participate in balloon-powered space tourism, which will take you to the edge of space. They’re planning to launch their first flight by the end of 2016!

3. Getting lost is a problem of the past.

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With countless navigation apps, you'll be able to cruise through any city with ease while simultaneously learning a thing or two about the location's history.

4. Airplanes that are way nicer than your own living room.

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The struggle of limited legroom is REAL. Luckily, airplanes are only getting more state-of-the-art in the future, putting design and customer comfort first.

5. Automated itineraries that design your ideal vacation based on your interests.

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Not sure where to get the best local eats? There are a ton of trip recommendation apps that suggest favored places based on your likes and interests.

6. Hotels that will cater to your every need.

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Personally customized service will be the way of the future for hotels, from meal preferences to mattress firmness. Room service, please!

7. Airports won't make you angry because they'll feel more like amusement parks.

Layovers will be MUCH more enjoyable in airports that are architecturally appealing and highly energy efficient.

8. Peer-to-peer collaboration will be the dominant way to travel.

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There are a ton of peer-to-peer services that connect travelers with others abroad for help with accommodations, trip recommendations, and transportation. The sharing economy is disrupting the travel industry in an amazingly collaborative way!

9. You won't have to worry about forgetting your passport because of facial recognition software.

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Facial recognition technology and fingerprint scanning are becoming more popular at airports around the world as a convenient and cutting-edge method of identifying travelers.

10. You might be able to travel along the California coast in just 30 minutes.

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Forget air travel — a high-speed transit railway might be able to transport you to distant destinations in lightning speed.

11. High-tech clothing will allow you to wear everything you'll ever need on a trip.

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Why bring a carry-on bag when you can fit all of your stuff in one jacket?! People will wear their luggage in the future, in style.

12. But, if travel isn't your thing, try virtual reality and magically teleport to any dreamy destination.

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Virtual reality travel is the way of the future — just put on a headset and instantly be anywhere on your bucket list!

Remember, #everywhere isn't just a place. It can be the journey. It can be the destination. But it’s always a new state of mind. Visa. Everywhere you want to be.

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