This month's Travel & Leisure has an article on The Future of Travel. In it, they ask a bunch of futurists to predict the direction of the travel industry (I'm not exactly sure what "futurists" are, but they sound important.) They come up with a few interesting ideas like shapeshifting furniture in hotel rooms or the 200,000 mile high club, but the one that really caught my eye was called "Resorts, Unplugged". The theory behind it is that the ultimate getaway of the future will be getting to turn everything off and just relax. No TV. No phones. No internet.
|Sun Mountain Lodge, Winthrop Washington|
If this is how hotels are going to be though (and it must be, because a futurist said so) I can foresee a few problems for our family. For instance, what do you do to pass the time with no internet? The website for Sun Mountain Lodge (which I see now offers wireless internet...nice timing!) suggests horseback riding or hiking. My girls would probably be up for the horses, but I'm trying to imagine how I would get my family on board for a hike. I suppose I could tell them that there's 4G at the top of the mountain. If you ever see a picture of a family of five at the top of a mountain setting up laptops, you'll know that this plan worked.
|Our usual traveling scenario, 3 kids, 3 laptops|
There's got to be a market for these kind of resorts. Burnt out CEO's with thousands of people trying to contact them at every minute of the day would probably appreciate the electronic blackout. I'm not sure how they're supposed to relax though. I can't go 15 minutes on Sunday without checking in on my Fantasy Football teams, and I play in a free league. Having billions of dollars and thousands of people's livelihoods on my shoulders would be far too much of a burden to carry on a mountain hike, no matter how good the reception is up there. I guess if it works for them that's great. I'm going to spend my time trying to talk my wife in to the 200,000 mile high club.