The future is now! It’s definitely a good time to be a traveler – especially if you own a smartphone. 2015 was a banner year for the wanderer as travel tech saw improvements by leaps and bounds, some destinations the world over became more friendly, and even airlines tried to make things easier on their passengers. If you’re the globetrotting type, get ready to learn all about the coolest travel advancements to hit the market or coming soon that will no doubt become the industry standard in years to come.
1. Goodbye Hotel Room Keys
In a technological upgrade that can most adequately be expressed as “about freaking time,” major hotel chains like Hilton and Marriott are updating their hotel rooms to allow smartphones to double as room keys. Travelers will simply download an app that controls the lock on their assigned door. It’s as simple as that! No more fumbling with an extra thing to carry around, and no more forgetting your room key card.