Family Vacation 2050

© Alexandra Whittington

I. ‘No Passport Required’

First appearance of gaming systems designed for virtual travel.

Family-friendly resorts and destinations shut their doors.

First virtual travelogue published.

II. ‘Seat 1A’

Nostalgia for summer family vacation expressed through art: award-winning film of 2050 is a documentary made from historical footage of a 1970s family vacation to an amusement park.

Some regions discourage single travelers with surcharges, while others go so far as to prohibit solo visitors.

Stereotypes of the single t as deviant or antisocial results in public service ad campaigns depicting the lone tourist as a threat to be avoided.

Personalized measurement of ecological footprint developed and becomes part of processing travelers through airports, customs and borders.

III. ‘See the World From Your Living Room’

Extreme incidents of socio-political instability in tourist areas that result in frequent travel bans, warnings and risks.

Simplicity movement grows in light of irreversible environmental crises and mass overconsumption.

Transhumanist travel organization established.

IV. ‘Meet the Globe Trotters’

Bodyguards and personal devices designed to provide intelligence and security to traveling groups.

End of the single hotel room.

Increased number of programs to train, certify and support travel industry employees. Travel industry is a highly lucrative and desirable career.


These are the ‘truths’ and ‘explanations’ underlying this version of the journey to 2050: widening gap between rich and poor, fragmentation of travel services, rise of the singleton, environmental crises looming, and more.

While the word ‘prediction’ in the traditional use implies some degree of precision or accuracy, forecasting with future scenarios does not necessarily rely on being right, but being perceptive.



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