The Future Forum predicts Chip ‘n’ Go passports, low cost commuter belts, and fair trade resorts will influence how we travel in 2016.

By 2016 the traditional passport, paper visas and printed tickets could be replaced by a credit card sized ID, containing a micro-chip that stores all personal travel information from ticket and visa information to finger print scans, according to experts.

The Thomson Future Forum – Holiday 2016 predicts that a growth in demand for quick hassle free travel is likely to result in a new style “Chip & Go” passport. This updated passport technology will reduce the amount of time travellers will need to spend at the airport, enabling them to simply swipe their ID card and use their fingerprint scan as a method of passenger identification from check-in to boarding the plane.

Frequent travellers may even have the option to implant this microchip underneath their fingertip to further reduce travel time.

Experts forecast that this demand for quick, congestion free travel will be driven by the rise of the overseas commuter.

The overseas commuter is someone who works remotely from their overseas home or from the town/city nearest to their overseas property, commuting in and out of the UK on a regular basis.

The result is that by 2016, an ‘overseas commuter belt’ will be firmly established and commuters will consider their overseas home to be their primary residence.

Properties in Marrakesh, Barcelona and Dubrovnik will be popular with culture loving commuters whereas professional types may opt for cities with vibrant business districts such as Hanover, Stuttgart and Verona.

Top overseas commuter belt destinations
1. Barcelona
2. Palma
3. Marrakech
4. Dubrovnik
5. Faro
6. Alicante
7. Verona
8. Talin
9. Pula (for properties in Croatia and Slovenia)
10. Valencia

Professor Nick Middleton, presenter of Channel 4 travel show Surviving Extremes and Chairman of the Thomson Future Forum, commented: “In as little as ten years, the way we travel and the reasons for travel will be vastly changed. The rapid advance of technology and global communications networks will make international commuting highly desirable and viable. Furthermore, as our fast paced working culture intensifies over the next decade, the quest for a better work/life balance will be even greater and remote working in a sunnier and less pressured environment will become a highly appealing lifestyle choice.”

The Thomson Future Forum – Holiday 2016 brought together experts in the fields of eco-tourism, travel technology, architecture and social demographics in order to look forward over the next ten years and predict how the travel landscape of the future will look.

Graham Donoghue, Thomson's new media director:

"We need to keep one step ahead and anticipate how social and economic trends will impact on travel. It's essential that we consider the way technology and lifestyle will move in the future so we can understand how they'll change the way people holiday. Many things which may seem far fetched right now are very real possibilities in just 10 years' time.

Other key predictions include:

The “Hard” and “Soft” holiday allowance
Companies will increase annual leave allocation giving people more ‘soft’ holidays and less ‘hard’ holidays. ‘Soft’ holidays refer to a set amount of days where employees must work a minimum number of hours, albeit it from the beach. ‘Hard’ holidays refer to a set amount of days where employees will be completely unreachable by their place of work.

Introduction of green label & fair trade label holidays
Holiday operators will use ‘Fair Trade’ and ‘Green’ labelling to satisfy consumer demand for holidays with strong ethical credentials and customers will expect these as standard.

The lifestyle consultant
Travel operators will recruit and train lifestyle consultants who devise annual holiday plans for clients to maximise their annual leave.