The future of travel – A new report by flight-comparison website Skyscanner predicts what travel will look like by 2024. The report was compiled by a team of 56 editors, researchers and futurists.
Smartwatches – Skyscanner envisions a big future for wearable technology. By 2024, your watch could be a tour guide, concierge and travel agent, rolled into one. "Big data" will enable it to have an intimate understanding of your preferences and tailor your trip accordingly.
Reading you – Facial recognition software could enable your smart-watch to know whether or not you're having a good time, and adjust its suggestions.
Google Glass – Travelers will no longer need to plan what pictures they want to take. Google Glass could record the entire vacation, then automatically curate the best images.
Instant translation – Google products could also make communicating in a foreign country seamless. Google Glass is developing a function that will translate menus and street signs. In the future, there might even be an app that simultaneously translates what people are saying around you.
Virtual reality – In the future, virtual reality headsets will allow travelers to tour inside a hotel, test out an African safari, or try their hand at surfing -- all without leaving the comfort of home.
Experience albums – Rather than relying on stagnant photos to describe their trip to friends, travelers will be able to capture 3-D experiences using virtual reality devices. Others will literally be able to "step inside" your vacation.
A touchy subject – Virtual reality could also have a feel to it. Users that are plugged in could physically touch the virtual environment around them. Disney has already created REVEL, an interface that gives tactile feedback through minute vibrations from virtual 3-D objects, while Japanese company Tachi Lab is working on technology that can convert sounds into textures.