Brilliant travel innovations that will change vacations forever


The world of travel is in constant flux, with advancements in aviation, hotels and more changing the way we explore this planet. And while international travel has been off the cards for most of us recently, that hasn’t stopped companies from dreaming up big ideas for when we’re on the move again. These are the cool travel innovations we can’t wait to try.




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The new jet has been likened to Concorde for its super speed: it’ll travel at Mach 1.6 initially, with hopes to eventually increase the speed to Mach 3.2. But, unlike its famous predecessor, the jet is set to be super quiet. Technology to thwart the noisy “sonic boom effect” – occurring when an aircraft passes through the air faster than the speed of sound – has been prioritized in the jet’s design.




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Australia’s flagship airline, Qantas, is another company that’s making the world that bit smaller. The carrier’s Project Sunrise is focused on ultra-long-haul routes, joining up the east coast of Oz with world destinations including London and New York. This follows the 2019 launch of direct flights from London to Perth, with a journey time of around 17 hours (the first flight is pictured here).




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The carrier has made efforts to combat jet lag and look after passengers’ welfare on these super long-haul flights, too. The Perth International Transit Lounge was opened just before the launch of the Perth-London route and includes state-of-the-art shower suites with ‘light therapy’ technology, designed to help passengers adjust to new time zones. There’s also a wellness studio (pictured) for stretching, relaxing and limbering up before lengthy hours in the air.




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Low-cost American carrier JetBlue is making comfort sky high with its brand new Mint Studio. These two, roomy mini-suites at the front of JetBlue’s newest airplanes are tipped as having “the most space in a premium experience from any US airline”. They even have a guest seat so you can hang out with another passenger en route.




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Economy passengers will be able to book the SkyNest in timed sessions, allowing them to get some rest en route before returning to their seat. It comes as the airline gears up to launch a super-long-haul flight from Auckland to New York, with a journey time of 17 hours 40 minutes. The unique pods are still awaiting sign-off but a decision is set to be made later on this year.




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Fly Zoo is another hotel leading the charge when it comes to smart technology. Pioneered by Chinese tech company the Alibaba Group, the Hangzhou-based venue sees keys and keycards swapped for facial recognition, and robots in place of room-service staff. Want new pillows, fresh towels or some extra toiletries? Tell the “Tmall Genie smart assistant” in your room and await the arrival of a robotic droid outside the door.




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The hotel’s design has nature at its heart. It was inspired by local architectural traditions like “rorbuer” – stilted cabins used seasonally by fishermen – and it juts out into the Holandsfjorden fjord, supported by weather-resistant wooden poles. It’ll be reached by an energy-neutral boat, that’ll shuttle guests to the hotel from the remote town of Bodø.




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