If you?ve ever researched a vacation online, you probably know the feeling. From choosing a destination to finding good deals, the typical search can lead to some wildly inappropriate results.

A few weeks ago, MSNBC's Rob Lovitt started asking various analysts and entrepreneurs what the explosion of online travel resources means for the rest of us. Can airfares be predicted? Are user reviews trustworthy? And, perhaps most important, is there any way to take the ever-expanding trove of travel-related data and make it less of a catalog and more of a guide?

That last one speaks directly to the future of online travel, and it turns out plenty of people have ideas on that particular subject. Most of it?s theoretical at this point, but there?s no harm in gazing into the crystal ball at what may lay ahead, be it sooner, later or some time in the distant future.

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