As a Futurist I get asked a lot about what the future holds (no surprise there) but, when you get asked to think about a travel hub that hundreds of thousands of people use every year and what it will be like in 20 years then I find myself faced with a difficult challenge. To create a realistic, and fantastical, future that is completely practical, achievable, and supportive to great human experience for both travelers and workers.So, when YVR\u00a0approached me with this challenge I drew on Design Fiction to help draw out that vision of the future for this world leading airport, here in Vancouver. I weave technologies that I feel will be commonplace in the future into great traveler experiences using advancements we will likely see in 2037:In-airport vertical farms that deliver fresh vegetables daily;Holographic customer service representatives;Robots for service, passport control and loading luggage for passengers;Automatic car ports;Augmented reality contact lenses that download and reveal airport maps and business events and provide on-the-fly instructions;Biometrics;\u2026and even access to space travel!Here is one of those stories.Leisure Travel in the FutureYVR Airport: Thursday May 14, 2037 at 10:30An autonomous electric vehicle with the Kakashi family onboard silently ascends the ramp leading up to the\u00a0Departures level at Vancouver International Airport. Stopping in front of the Latin American airline entrance,\u00a0the vehicle door slides open and two excited children bound out, followed closely by their mom \u2013 Deb.Inside the vehicle, their dad \u2013 Yoshi, requests a receipt. A voice responds, \u201cThirty-five credits for this trip,\u00a0and we have you booked for a return journey for 16:50 hrs. on May 30th.\u201dYoshi exits the vehicle and joins the others, while the vehicle glides down to the Arrivals level where its\u00a0next scheduled pick-up awaits.The Kakashis enter a large open plan reception area adorned with First Nations art, framed by tall,\u00a0glass ceilings.Moments later, they place their bags on a conveyor belt. The bags activate an overhead screen, and a\u00a0voice says \u2013\u201cGood morning Mr. Kakashi, your travel documents are in order and your plane is on-time. You\u2019ll\u00a0be leaving from Gate E127. Please proceed through the Security Zone and ensure that you and your family\u00a0keep your heads raised for biometrics scanning.\u201dThe family enters the Security Zone \u2013 a short passageway, walled on both sides with floor-to-ceiling,\u00a0backlit panels. As they walk through, one-by-one, the panels switch from white to green, followed by a\u00a0friendly voice that prompts them to proceed.Once through security, they are greeted by the centrepiece of YVR\u2019s biodiversity and sustainability\u00a0initiatives \u2013 a multi-story tubular structure made of glass. Inside this tower, workers nurture and\u00a0cultivate fruit, vegetables and plants, adjust atmospheric controls and gather produce for the day.A holographic YVR Storyteller is on hand to explain \u2013 \u201cWelcome to our vertical farm. We use very little water\u00a0in our hydroponic systems; the water we do use is collected from rainfall and the power we use is harnessed\u00a0from the sun, via transparent solar panel windows that surround the Departures area. To supplement the\u00a0vertical farm\u2019s produce, we source fruit and vegetables from the finest growers here in the B.C.\u2019s Lower\u00a0Mainland.\u201dThe aroma of deliciously cooked food greets them as they arrive in the airport\u2019s Shopping and Dining\u00a0area. Travellers saunter from store to store, business people congregate on moving walkways, and the\u00a0international food court offers a scintillating selection of global cuisines. \u201cMy friend Akio told me that the\u00a0vegetarian cafe here is amazing. Let\u2019s go check it out!\u201d says Deb.While Yoshi and the kids find a place to sit Deb selects suggested menu items from a screen, based on\u00a0the family\u2019s personal travel profiles.Moments later, a server robot arrives at the table with the food as ordered. \u201cEnjoy!\u201d, it cheerfully\u00a0exclaims and scoots off to the next customer.The kids tuck in and sample a little of everything. Deb and Yoshi exchange a warm glance. After eating,\u00a0they make their way to their gate via the moving walkways and settle into their seats in the comfortable\u00a0waiting area.A boarding announcement is made and the family lines up to get on the plane. The airline staff greet\u00a0them and check the family\u2019s credentials. \u201cEnjoy your trip Mr. and Mrs. Kakashi. Jonny. Zina. We\u2019ve left a\u00a0surprise for you on your seats.\u201dThey walk through the door and down the corridor to the aerobridge, the kids\u2019 beaming smiles wider\u00a0than ever before as they continue on their voyage of discovery.More Stories…In this blog I will feature each story in full over the next few days (you can fast track to download all of them here) and I wanted to share the video that was created for this (without the voiceover to show the vision in isolation).You can see more information on the project and what it is trying to achieve over at YVR2037.ca***Nikolas Badminton is a world-respected futurist speaker that researches, speaks, and writes about the future of work, how technology is affecting the workplace, how workers are adapting, the sharing economy, and how the world is evolving. He appears at conferences in Canada, USA, UK, and Europe.\u00a0Email him to book him for your radio, TV show, or conference.