Fact: technology makes life easier. But what’s the one thing that would make your travels even better? Ever with our fingers on the pulse, we thought we’d throw a few off-the-wall ideas out there, to see if we can’t help make your next adventure the defining experience of your lifetime!
One of the issues that have dogged travelers for years is comfort while traveling. Thankfully, it looks like a new dawn has arrived with a clever invention designed to save the day in the form of an aid called ‘pillow’. Previously only used in bedrooms and on sofas, we expect the use of ‘pillows’, also known as ‘cushions’ in some Western countries, to see an upsurge in usage in 2013, enabling travelers to arrive at their destinations more relaxed and rested.
Having lost popularity over recent years due to the uprising of social media and numerous non-verbal communication methods, we think that the once-common phenomenon of ‘talking’ will make a comeback in 2013. Indeed, one of the major wonders of homosapien development rarely went out of fashion in some less-developed parts of Asia, where even today you can still see people in the same room not only acknowledge one another, but often make eye contact and even speak. Hopefully, should the trend spread, we might be seeing more and more people putting away their ‘smart’ devices and reviving the lost art all over the world.
While it’s true that smartphones can already handle much of our lives, we’re expecting the phones to soon not only be able to book our trips, check-in to airports, provide entertainment whilst traveling, find a hotel & book it then take pictures of the holiday to upload to make everyone else jealous…we also think that 2013 will see the arrival of autonomous phones that don’t even need us to operate them. That way, you won’t even need to go on the holiday yourself, and the phone can not only plaster your social media platforms with sexy pictures to make all your friends jealous, you’ll also save money and time by not going on the holiday yourself. Genius.
Don’t get excited…we don’t mean all hotels will start providing free Wi-Fi! More accurately, we expect more and more hotels to actively market themselves as ‘Wi-Fi-free zones’, offering a sanctuary for those who don’t like connectivity and accessibility to the world’s most valuable source of information (The Internet). The hotels will prove especially attractive to those who prefer not to struggle with the tricky task ‘turning off’ their phone / computer, and anyone born before 1920. Unlike those hotels who’ve simply yet to install affordable Wi-Fi, this new wave of hotels will refuse to offer this basic technology through choice, rather than through a lack of means or to improve their profit margins. Honest.
Using a smartphone is no walk in the park. According to an un-named source who has been conducting research* at John Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, USA, neck injuries as a result of people constantly holding their heads at an acute downwards angle have increased by 13.83% since the release of the original version of a popular touchscreen smartphone in June 2007. While their research has concluded** that these injuries could be avoided by simply not using the phones, studies conducted*** showed that 99.2% of people would rather suffer the excruciating neck problems than give up their phones. As such, scientists have since been devising mechanical neck braces designed to support the head and soften the impact of ‘iTiltitis’. The brace will be prescribed in hospitals all around North America**** from mid-April. We expect the braces to quickly be adopted as travel aids, particularly as so many people seem unable to switch off their portable devices even when on holiday.
**Again, a lie.
***Not a real study.
****Come on…you must have twigged we’re kidding?
As you may have figured out, we’ve not been entirely serious in this blog…every now and again we like let loose with something a bit ‘left field’. The majority of our blogs are more travel oriented though, so if you’d like to discover more about the enchanting East, from the bizarre buildings of Asia to information about national festivals and cultural celebrations, take a look through some of our previous blogs.