It might be just a hunch, but 2016 feels like a big year for travel tech.

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas earlier this month confirmed those feelings, with a slew of new technology that wasn't just visually impressive but with potential to add real value to travel experiences.

That's why, following our post on travel tech trends of the future last week, we are bringing you a further four trends that look set for take-off in 2016.

Cloud passports

It's the nightmare scenario for most travellers: to either forget or lose your passport. However, in this day and age, surely there's an alternative to having to carry an actual, physical passport? There is and it's all thanks to cloud technology.

While with ePassports you still need to carry your passport in hand in order to use ePassport gates, cloud passports – containing personal information like biometric data, a digital photo, and other identification – would only likely need you to present your personalised QR code as you go through security.

Drone photography

The selfie stick might just be about to be put in the shade. Last year saw commercial drone use soar, and some sections of the industry are predicting that's it's only a matter of time before drones are used to capture holiday images.

If you're a little suspicious of the trend, consider that the 3DR Solo Aerial Drone is being marketed as a device which can open up new possibilities in photography and videography.

360-degree photography

For those who drones are still a little too expensive – they're retailing for around £1,000 currently – 360-degree cameras might be more appealing. Although they are few and far between at the moment, you can pick up a 360-degree cam for less than £500, while Nikon and Samsung are said to developing models for release soon, too.

There's even a slight possibility that your friends and family might be pleased to see your travel pictures if capture your adventures from every angle...

Superfast Wi-Fi

We've come to expect superfast broadband at home, but when you check it at a hotel you'll be lucky to be able to log on to their wireless network without the connection dropping every few minutes. Meanwhile, reasonably priced, fast in-flight Wi-Fi is still non-existent amongst British airlines.

However, that could be about to change in 2016. With streaming becoming the norm for watching TV and films, the word is hotels and airlines will react accordingly and make faster, better Wi-Fi the norm, too.


We can't make our minds up if this is a trend to get behind or not, but one thing we are sure of: it's only going to get bigger. With hotel chains having already built apps that mean you make a request without the need to interact with staff, it won't be long before we can book flights, check in luggage, pass through security and check in at our hotel using automated systems alone. It's not just a means of cutting costs, however – it represents the times we are living in.