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Time travel

FOUR WELL-TRAVELLED EXPERTS REVEAL THEIR HOPES AND DREAMS FOR THE FUTURE

Travelling to the stars will still be pie in the sky (well, more appropriately space), and give up on any thoughts of Star Trek-style transporters to get you from one place to another in the blink of an eye. But over the past quarter of a century the travel industry has come on leaps and bounds, and the next 25 years looks set to propel us forwards at a healthy pace, with major changes to the way we explore the planet (and beyond it) certain to materialise.

Hopefully, that will include the world being a more open and friendly place for LGBTQ travellers. In the UK, we sometimes look down our noses at other nations’ LGBTQ rights and are quick to dismiss them as potential tourist destinations as a result — even if British colonisation is the root cause of much of the world’s homophobia.

And, remember, when Attitude launched 25 years ago, openly gay people couldn’t serve in the UK’s military, adopt children, legally change gender or marry each other.

So maybe we’re not really that far ahead of many of the countries we tend to avoid when making travel plans. Here, four travel experts predict how we’ll be holidaying 25 years from now — from having personal drones to capture every experience to taking a short trip into orbit.

Aviation

There hasn’t been a radical development in commercial aviation for some time. However, the airline industry is following car manufacturers into the electric arena, although at a much slower pace.

UK airports hope to see electric or hybrid planes taking off by 2030 but to begin with these are likely to be much smaller aircraft than we’re currently used to, and will be designed for shorter journeys. Today, shorthaul flights contribute 40 per cent of total aviation emissions, and these quieter, lower-emission jets will be welcomed by both environmentalists and the public, especially if they come with the predicted lower fares.

Siemens, Rolls-Royce and other firms are racing to get their prototypes off the ground — literally.

For larger aircraft, rather than a complete redesign, we will see a conversion to biofuel to cut down on carbon emissions. It was more than a decade ago that Virgin Atlantic demonstrated the first flight using biofuel, with boss Richard Branson drinking the oil out of a coconut shell with a straw to prove how clean it was. But so far, the problem with biofuels has been that production costs have made them too expensive.

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