If you think about it, travel has come a long way in just a few short years. We used to have to go to the library or buy an encyclopedia to get information about far-off destinations. Now we can just hop on the internet and see pictures and videos of those places in seconds. Not to mention, we can book our trips and even learn about what we’re going to need via email.
We’ve got a lot to look forward to when it comes to travel in 2022 because there are some killer gadgets coming out soon that will make our lives infinitely easier. While you might not be able to afford everything on this list, you’ll probably own at least one or two of them by the time 2022 rolls around.
Let’s take a quick look at these future must-haves:
A Smart Suitcase that Keeps Track of Your Belongings
Have you lost luggage before? Don’t even get us started. It’s more common than you might think, but thankfully Samsonite is working on a suitcase that will keep track of your belongings. Using Bluetooth technology to connect with your cellphone or tablet, the suitcase will let you know when it has arrived at your destination so you don’t have to worry about losing sight of it ever again.
An App That Lets You Know Where All The Free Wi-Fi Hotspots are Around Town
What good is all this high-tech gadgetry if we don’t have any internet connection to use them? If there’s one thing that isn’t going to change in 2022, it’s the need for Wi-Fi hotspots. Luckily, there will be an app that can direct you to all the free ones around town so you can stay connected even when you’re on vacation.
A Virtual Reality Headset That Lets You Travel the World
How cool would it be to travel to all corners of the Earth without ever having to leave your living room? With a virtual reality headset like the Oculus Rift, that dream could become a reality. Just put on the headset and be transported to any destination you desire. Warning: this technology is so good that it might just make your real life travels seem a little lackluster in comparison.
A Robot Butler That Helps You With Your Packing
Having a robot butler sounds like the stuff of science fiction novels, right? Unfortunately for us, it’s not far off. A company called Modular Robotics is developing robots that can help you with all your travel needs. Whether you need help packing or figuring out what to wear, these little helpers will be there to assist you in getting ready for your trip so you’ll never forget an essential again.
A Clothing Folding Machine That Does All Your Laundry While You’re Away
Is it just us, or does having to do laundry when you get home from vacation seem like such a hassle? Fortunately for weary travelers everywhere, scientists are working on a machine that will not only wash and dry your clothes while you’re away, but will also fold them up neatly for you (because no one likes to spend their vacation doing laundry).
A Tablet That Translates All Languages Instantly
When traveling abroad, it can be incredibly difficult to get your point across if the person you’re talking to doesn’t speak your language. Thankfully, there’s a tablet in development that will translate everything they say into your native tongue right before your eyes – almost like magic! We’ll still be able to travel without knowing other languages, but at least we won’t feel completely lost anymore when communicating with foreigners.
An App That Helps You Book Silently Through Virtual Reality
One problem with booking plane tickets is that it’s not exactly compatible with your social life. Let’s face it – nobody wants to see that you’re planning a trip on Facebook or twitter, and what if the news leaked out before you were actually ready to travel? Thanks to virtual reality technology, you’ll be able to book plane tickets without alarming your friends – all you’ll have to do is put on your headset and let someone else (like an automated booking service) do all the work for you!
An App That Helps You Find Free Events Around Town So You Don’t Have to Stress About How Much Money You’re Spending
There are few things worse than getting stuck at home when there are tons of free events happening around town just because you don’t have enough money. Thankfully, there will be an app that alerts you to all the free events in your area so you don’t have to miss out on anything.
A Self-Driving Car That Doubles as a Hotel Room
Traveling isn’t always about sightseeing or getting away from your daily routine, sometimes it’s just about finding some time to relax without worrying about having nowhere comfortable to sleep at night. Fortunately, there’ll be self-driving cars with hotel room built right in by 2022, enabling anyone who needs a good rest without having a rental car to stay wherever they please along their journey.
An App That Lets Your Pets Book Vacations Without You
If you’re going on vacation and feel like you can’t find anyone willing to watch your pet, don’t worry – there’ll be an app that can help by 2022. Pets will be able to book their own vacations without you (or a pet-sitter) having to lift a finger, and they’ll even be able to find the best deals for themselves!
With all these amazing new technologies on the horizon, it’s hard not to be excited about travel in the near future. Who knows – maybe by 2022 we’ll even have our own personal jetpacks.