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The Future of Travel


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This is The Savvy Traveler and I'm Diana Nyad.

Back in the '70s, when I traveled to the remote rainforests of Borneo or the Antarctic waters of Patagonia, people were awestruck. Then last year I was asked to write a guest column called "My Favorite Place" for a national travel magazine. They asked me to suggest eight possible places and they would choose. Borneo and Patagonia were on my list -- and the bike ride from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, and the hike across the Northern Australia Outback. The magazine told me all my choices had been written about ad nauseam in this particular column, and they were hoping I had been someplace more out of the way. More out of the way? I was swimming with 100 ton whales in Patagonia. It was the thrill of my life, and now it was too common a trip to grab people's attention?

People who at one time would have never dreamed of traveling farther than New York or New Orleans in their lifetimes are now going to India and Africa, and New Zealand and the Amazon. Fares are cheaper, planes cover more routes, word of mouth spreads when travelers return home, the Internet and the media show us how accessible the world is.

To start off the New Year, we're going to ask four travel experts just where travel is headed this year, next year, 20 years out.

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To start off the New Year, we asked four travel experts just where travel is headed this year, next year and twenty years in the future.

Watts Wacker, CEO, futurist
Visit Watts's Web site www.firstmatter.com.

John Rennie, executive editor of Scientific American
Here are a couple of articles on the future of travel and transportation. Other great articles can be found on www.scientificamerican.com.

  • "Sonic Bust: The Mach 2 Concorde"
  • "High-Speed Trains in the U.S."

    Richard Copeland, president and CEO of the American Society of Travel Agents. (astanet.com)
    Be sure to check out ASTA/Fodor's Hot Spot Survey 2001—detailed information on hot spot destinations.

    Todd Nielson, director, Explorers Club Travelers Program
    Learn more about and the Explorers Club Travelers Program at explorers.org, and the Explorers Club Members-Only Travel Zone.

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