Travel and Technology in the 21st Century
November 4, 2019
Written by Kelly Inglhofer, Marketing and Communications Coordinator
The future of luxury travel is constantly evolving as new technology impacts our entire experience. People now have more options than ever before on where they can go, how they can travel, and what they can do once they arrive. This article takes a look at the most luxurious and technologically advanced travel destinations and experiences.
The first destination is out of this world, literally. The Aurora Station hotel is a space craft that will take guests in low orbit around the earth for 12 days. Orion Span, the company behind this new travel experience, is currently accepting $80,000 deposits to be added to the waitlist. The first guests plan to launch in 2022 and will undergo three months of theory and exercise training. There will be two crew members on board to prepare meals and assist with a variety of activities. Activities include volunteer research science tasks, star gazing, and cargo transfers. To further put it in perspective for how far our technology has come, this civilian aircraft will depart 61 years after the first human entered space in 1961.
For the ecofriendly traveler, Wilderness Safari Bisate Lodge in Rwanda is a must. Guests stay in an eroded volcanic cone adjacent to the Afro-alpine forests. Villas are created with environmentally friendly materials, and the entire safari camp is eco sensitive. The most noteworthy experience during your stay will be observing the gorilla groups that inhabit the Volcanos National Park. This destination truly allows visitors to be at one with nature.
The Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express is a destination and travel vehicle combined. This Russian train voyage will take you on a 15-day journey through Russia and includes iconic stops in Moscow, along Lake Baikal, and in Yekaterinburg. Onboard, guests have private luxury cabins, personal cabin attendants (who are available 24/7), consistently changing views, and executive chef-prepared meals. For those of you who like to relax with some fine wine, there is a bar lounge car with a resident pianist on a grand piano.
Have you ever eaten five and a half meters below the surface of the ocean? Norway’s Under restaurant allows you to dine with an unparalleled view of marine life in the North Atlantic Ocean. The focus of your meal is on marine research and understanding our relationship with our neighboring sea creatures. The restaurant itself was built with the purpose that, throughout time, it will become part of its marine environment and its shell will operate as an artificial reef. There is one set menu that head chef Nicolai Elltisgaard rotates seasonally to reflect the plethora of fresh ocean delicacies and local vegetation.
Taking travelers in the complete opposite direction is Germany’s highest beer garden, atop the country’s highest mountain, Zugspitze. For beer lovers, foodies, and extreme hikers alike, this unique restaurant offers authentic German cuisine, organic beverages, countless alpine mountain peaks, glacier snow, and of course, beer. The only way to trek to this remote location is on foot or via cable car. For thrill seekers who want some activity before they dine, Zugspitze offers skiing passes and mountain train rides. The garden has indoor seating for the perpetually chilly and, if that isn’t enough, this spot has been named on CNN’s top beer gardens from around the world.
Our last experience is a humbling tour through the temples of Bayan, Myanmar. The site, officially known as the Bagan Archaeological Zone, is comprised of thousands of abandoned temples. From the 11th to the 13th centuries, this spot was said to be the most religious and culturally rich region in the world. A three-day entry ticket to the zone is about $17 USD and allows you to explore at your own will. Visitors can also take advantage of bicycle tours and hot air balloon rides over the archeological site. While not clearly focused on technology advances, this experience hits our list due to the advancements that have kept the temples standing and safe to observe. After centuries of weather and human urbanization impacts, 3,800 monuments and temples still stand.
How Far We Have Come
Each of these destinations and experiences are uniquely advanced by technology. Who would have imagined that we could travel out of this world, eat at the bottom of the ocean, or view temples of the cultural capital of the world ages ago? As technology advances the experiences of luxury travel, the same is true for other industries.
At MRA Associates, we view technology as an important element in our firm’s strategy to be innovative, improve our clients’ experience and outcomes, and be more efficient. Needless to say, we are excited to see where the future will take us!
Share This Blog