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Future of Travel.The widespread adoption of satellite communication devices is transforming the landscape of adventure travel, a significant shift for the travel industry. According to a recent Global Rescue Spring 2024 survey, seasoned travellers are now more inclined to embark on extended journeys to increasingly remote destinations, bolstered by the assurance of reliable connectivity and emergency assistance.

The survey, which gathered insights from the world’s most experienced travellers, reveals that 82% of respondents feel safer with smartphones equipped with satellite connection capabilities. Dan Richards, CEO of The Global Rescue Companies, highlighted the pivotal role of these technologies in modern travel. “Nearly half (49%) of travelers appreciate the ability to call for help when needed, while more than a third (37%) find that satellite communications provide peace of mind to their family, friends, or colleagues,” Richards stated.

The experiences of travellers who have faced communication challenges underscore the importance of connectivity. One in ten respondents (12%) reported losing cell coverage during their travels, leading to significant concern, especially in emergencies. This gap in connectivity underscores the value of satellite-enabled devices in ensuring continuous communication, no matter how remote the location is.

The survey also illuminates the ambitious travel plans of adventurers in 2024. 81% of respondents plan to take three or more trips this year, with 40% committing to multiple international journeys. Additionally, nearly a quarter (23%) intend to extend their stays on at least one international trip, while an almost equal percentage (22%) are gearing up for more adventurous and immersive experiences.

“These findings align with the ongoing efforts of wireless service providers and smartphone manufacturers to integrate satellite communications into their offerings,” Richards explained. “This technological advancement is creating a robust safety net that encourages travelers to explore more boldly.”

The implications of this trend are far-reaching. As connectivity improves, travellers are more willing to venture into off-the-grid destinations. This includes daring expeditions to places like Brazil’s Snake Island, known for its venomous inhabitants, the remote South Pacific islands of Vanuatu, and Ethiopia’s scorching Danakil Desert. With the assurance of being able to call for help, these once daunting locales are becoming increasingly attractive.

Interestingly, while the survey shows that 80% of respondents are not interested in space travel, 20% are keen on the idea. This statistic highlights modern travellers’ diverse interests and readiness to embrace new frontiers.

“Humans have an innate desire to explore, discover new places, and engage in transformative experiences,” Richards emphasized. “With enhanced safety and security measures, traveling boldly is now more accessible than ever.”

The survey results vividly depict the evolving travel landscape, driven by technological advancements and an unyielding spirit of adventure. As satellite communications become a standard feature in travel, the possibilities for exploration are boundless, offering travellers the confidence to embark on journeys that were once considered too risky.

For more information on travel safety and innovations in satellite communications, visit Global Rescue and the U.S. Travel and Tourism Advisory Board.




Written by: Anne Keam