Is this really the end of personal travel?


Adventure tour operator Intrepid Travel and The Future Laboratory have published a new report, A Sustainable Future for Travel, warning that travel as we know it could soon become extinct. 

In the face of the climate crisis, the travel industry is at a crossroads – climate breakdown and tourism restrictions could curb the pursuit of wanderlust, while the optimistic outcome would be regenerative breakthroughs changing travel for the better.

Insights explore the possible remapping of popular tourism destinations, and calls for action from key players in the travel sector by showcasing the social, cultural and technological changes that can propel the industry forward in a positive direction through to 2040 and beyond.

Read the the full report here.

The global carbon budget until 2050 is 750 million tonnes, but according to Intrepid limitations could be imposed on individuals by 2040 which would ration the amount each person can use. It would likely be tracked via a passport. 

It’s important to note this is a prediction. As it stands, no plans to make this concept a reality have been laid out. But, according to Intrepid, it’s very likely to happen.

The report, produced in partnership with The Future Laboratory, also discusses the impact that climate change will have on our choice of holiday destinations. 

The wildfires in GreeceTenerife and Portugal this year paint a grim picture for the Mediterranean’s future. The report says that the Mediterranean could become an ‘extinct’ destination, citing a prediction from travel company Tui that travellers will begin to opt for cooler destinations as the Mediterranean heat becomes unbearable. Tui is shifting their focus to Nordic countries and destinations like Belgium and the Netherlands.

Attitudes are already changing. Advantage Travel Partnership recently surveyed 2,000 Brits and found that 62 percent of the 18-24-year-old participants would reconsider their travel destination due to the climate, and 70 percent would adjust the time of year they go.