A new report looking into the future of travel predicts that humans will be heading to outer space for vacations.
Skyscanner, a travel search and booking engine based in the U.K., writes in its report
that spending some quality time on the moon will be a reality.
Traveling to the moon will also be more affordable — relatively speaking.
"Orbital space travel will be the next hot ticket and commercial companies are lining up to make it a more affordable proposition," the report reads.
There are currently several companies, including SpaceX, Golden Spike,
and others, working on plans for space tourism that they hope will result in bringing humans to the moon and back.
And the industry doesn't want things to stop there.
"I suspect we'll see the habitation of Mars and the ambitions of Mars One or Elon Musk's vision coming to fruition before space travel becomes common enough and cheap enough to be affordable for the majority," Skyscanner CEO Gareth Williams said in the report.
Other predictions in Skyscanner's summary include underwater hotels, high-speed planes that can travel from London to Sydney in two hours, and smart hotel rooms with all the bells and whistles that would make for the perfect stay — such as pillows that will massage your neck and help you sleep better and showers that will clean your body using light instead of water.
"By 2024 space will be a well-established destination for our traveller, as journeys into Earth orbit will become more affordable, and underwater resorts (which already exist today, in some way) will be mainstream," the Skyscanner report reads. "There may be hotels circling hundreds of miles above the globe or under its waters. Their views will be amazing, no matter if you decide to go up or down."
Last year, China launched and landed its first moon rover,
an unmanned mission that contained a six-wheeled vehicle that was slated to explore the lunar surface. The vehicle later experienced mechanical troubles.
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