How technology is changing your travel experience

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    Goodbye, plastic hotel room key. So long, wallet. Farewell, camera. These days you don't need any of the above to unlock a hotel room, buy a mojito or snap a vacation photo. All you need is, well - you. At hotels like Alma Barcelona in Spain, a scan of your fingertips opens the door to your room. At Ushuaia Ibiza Beach Hotel in the Mediterranean, you can buy suntan lotion and a sarong with a tap of two fingers.

    On some Disney Cruise Line ships, facial recognition technology enables onboard photographers to easily group every candid picture they take of you so that you can later browse (read: buy) them. Like it or not, we are living in an age of human holograms that welcome us to airport security checkpoints and luggage tags capable of texting us when our bags are lost.

    Technology and travel are becoming ever more fused, even at hotels where for centuries the basic demand has remained unchanged: a safe place to lay one's head. Today, your head could spin from some of the amenities. At Hotel 1000 in Seattle the rooms have infrared signals that scan and detect body heat to ensure that the housekeeping staff doesn't knock or barge in, while at Starwood's Aloft Hotel chain, radio frequency identification allows you to skip the front desk and check in with your smartphone instead (the chain said that more than 10,000 guests have already tried it).
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