New tech experience aims to make your next trip an (augmented) reality

New tech experience aims to make your next trip an (augmented) reality

Have you been feeling a bit uninspired recently? It turns out you’re not the only one.

According to new research, the first three months of 2023 were the most uninspiring for Aussies, with a staggering 68% feeling the start of year blues and over 62% longing to go and travel.

Of those who say they long for travel, almost all (86%) are spending on average one to three hours a day while at work daydreaming about their next travel adventure.

To help take that daydreaming one step closer to reality, Contiki, Trafalgar, Costsaver, Insight Vacations and Luxury Gold have collaborated to create an Augmented Reality (AR) ‘Windows to the World’ experience to transport Aussies to some of the world’s most sought-after touring locations.

The experience offers Aussies 360-degree walk-through views of extraordinary sights and experiences, including breath-taking views of the Canadian Rockies, ancient temples of Cambodia, and the rolling landscapes of Italy.

The report also revealed Italy as the location Australians want to tour most in the world, with 35% saying it’s the destination of choice for 2023.

Of those who long for travel, 85% admit to thinking about travel for up to three hours a day.

Getaway presenter, Jason Dundas was involved in the testing of the AR experience.

“It’s no surprise to me that most of us have a case of the start of the year blues and are looking to head abroad ASAP,” Dundas said.

“While Aussies might be facing a lot of procrastination until their next trip, the Windows to the World portal is really a great way to curb your wanderlust and explore some of the destinations you might want to visit this year, before you go.”

The launch of Windows to the World comes at a time when Aussies say they have a deep longing for travel with purpose, with 40% looking for more authentic, emotive experiences.

Aussies also appear keen to take to touring when they next travel overseas.

Toni Ambler, who is managing director of the the brands behind the AR experience says the advantage of touring is seeing more of a country while you’re on the ground.

“With touring there’s an option for everyone, whether that’s for those on a budget, like Costsaver, or those looking for more of a luxury and personalised experience, like Luxury Gold.

“While our research shows a lot of Aussies are trying to power through a somewhat uninspiring start to the year, it doesn’t mean they have to leave their travel plans at the door.”

The Windows to the World experience can be found at thewindowstotheworld.com.

Latest News

  • Events

“Ghost in the Rocks” – Australia’s first Halloween festival

The Rocks will be transformed into a ghost town from Thursday, 31 October to Sunday, 3 November with Australia’s first Halloween festival – Ghost in the Rocks. The new festival is set to put Sydney on the Halloween map as the creative minds behind Mov’in Cinemas, Bastille Festival, and Xmas in July present Ghost in […]

  • Hotels

Radisson Hotel Group brings world-class hospitality to Cagayan de Oro

The Radisson Blu Hotel and Residences, Cagayan de Oro – the city’s first 5-star hotel – is the next stylish upper-upscale property from the Radisson Hotel Group. The 717-key project is set to become a new landmark for the coastal city of Cagayan de Oro, in the Northern Mindanao region of the Philippines. It features […]

  • Events

Brisbane Festival 2024 returns from 30 August

Experience a rich tapestry of culture, celebration, and community throughout the city as the Brisbane Festival 2024 returns from 30 August to 21 September. The fifth program from artistic director Louise Bezzina invites guests to experience the pinnacle of artistry with world premieres, Australian exclusives, Queensland commissions, and Brisbane spotlights across 23 days. Tt brings […]

  • Aviation
  • Destinations

Singapore Airlines to launch flights to Beijing Daxing from November

Singapore Airlines (SIA) has announced a new daily route between its capital city hub and Beijing’s Daxing International Airport. The flights are set to begin operating from 11 November 2024 assuming there are no complications with regulatory approvals. Located in the south of Beijing, the airport gives customers convenient access to the Beijing, Hebei, and […]

  • News

Touropa adds European river cruises to product offering

Touropa, the flexible coach touring company, have announced an exciting extension of its travel program to include more than 100 European River Cruise departures. Touropa, a collaboration between Sun Island Tours and Europamundo Vacations, is a global touring provider renowned for its extensive range of flexible and affordable travel options, and this expansion is aimed […]

  • Events

Christmas in July 2024 program

Save yourself a flight to the UK for a wintery Christmas and jump on the Hume Highway down to icy Canberra.

  • Hotels

Opening of Argini Hotel in Syros Greece

Located in cosmopolitan Vaporia in Ermoupolis, Syros, the Argini Hotel has opened its doors at the world’s second most welcoming city for 2024. Built in 1853 to house the family of Gregoris Paikos, a leading figure in the Greek Revolution, Argini Hotel was renovated with ethos, modern artistry, and utter respect to its neoclassical history. […]

  • Food & Beverage

Nobu Bangkok the World’s Highest Nobu Restaurant at EA Rooftop at The Empire

Nobu co-founders Hollywood star Robert De Niro and Meir Teper, plus eponymous chef Nobu Matsuhisa have visited EA Rooftop at the Empire ahead of the official launch of the world’s highest Nobu restaurant in the heart of Bangkok. With unparalleled dining experiences with breathtaking panoramic views of the Bangkok skyline and the Chao Phraya River, […]

  • Hotels

Nesuto celebrates five years of success with five five-night stay vouchers competition

Nesuto is offering guests the chance to win one of five five-night stay vouchers that can be used at any Nesuto apartment or apartment hotel across Australia and New Zealand as part of its 5th anniversary celebration. Guests and team members are invited to contribute to a digital time capsule that captures their favourite memories, […]