Will Virtual Travel Replace Traditional Travel in the Future?

360 Degree Travel

With the pandemic putting a restriction on travel across the world and the emergence of virtual travel as a solution has triggered a major debate over whether the latter will replace the former in the post-pandemic era. While many experts seem to be of the opinion that virtual tourism is here to stay, there are several people who feel that physical travel is an irreplaceable experience.

Nothing compares to the pure air you inhale when you walk to the top of a mountain. Nothing compares to the beauty of the Redwoods. Nothing can take the place of complete, genuine reality. VR, however, does not and, more importantly, does not aim to do so. Although virtual travel may never be able to completely replace traditional travel, it does offer a myriad of possibilities.

Instead of hindering or replacing the travel and tourism sector, virtual travel enhances it. Travel involves a lot of moving parts, especially in the planning stages. It takes a lot of research to learn about a destination, organise a vacation, arrange transport and hotel, and so on. And, while trip planning is a lot of fun (studies suggests that the build-up of enthusiasm is part of the joy of travel), the tools available can sometimes be lacking.

Enter virtual travel. Instead of searching for other locations on Google images or scrolling through 50+ photographs of a hotel room, 360° films that can be seen on a mobile phone or in a VR headset provide a deeper look that can provide potential visitors with a better sample of the experience they’re looking for.

Users may just swivel their phone to position themselves in the room rather than scrolling through images and going around to see different perspectives of whether the hotel bed appears comfortable. This level of absorption instils confidence in tourists, especially when it comes to the more practical aspects of the trip: Is the hotel room large enough? Will I be able to relax in this plane’s cabin? The answers are presented in a more relevant way in 360-degree virtual tourism.

Pictures, flat videos, and words can’t always portray the charm of a location. Immersive VR and 360-degree videos bring the user closer to the experience. The formats work together to immerse the user in a complete experience. A full 360-degree view of a mountain is more interesting than a snapshot or even a normal video since viewers may gaze around and explore instead of being steered by a video or photo. VR fosters active exploration of a location, just like a real-life visitor would.

The impact of virtual reality on travel will be determined by the development and use of new technology. So far, progress has been sluggish. Virtual tourism is yet unable to compete with traditional tourism or help to decrease pollution caused by travel. Virtual reality, on the other hand, has the potential to bring remote and inaccessible locations closer to travellers while also inspiring them to act responsibly in the future wherever they go.

With smartphone apps like Proxgy, however, travellers are inching closer to the real experience virtually. Proxgy for Travel allows tourists to be everywhere with the help of smart helmets that are equipped with state-of-the-art cameras that give the user an immersive experience in real-time.

To summarise, the virtual travel sector has enormous potential to develop into a full-fledged market. Despite the fact that it helps both travellers and the tourist sector, businesses must guarantee that the true character of the place is not corrupted. The realistic portrayal of not just the sites, but also the people, as well as the added bonus of lowering one’s carbon footprint, has made this a popular choice among travellers not only during the pandemic but even thereafter.