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.The Future of Personal TravelYVR Airport: Thursday May 14, 2037 at 09:15A YVR Travel Assistant Robot waits at the entrance of the gate. The flight from Delhi landed a few\u00a0minutes earlier and a successful Indian businessman enters the terminal, stops and checks his headset\u00a0to see where his transfer will be.He looks up and spots the Travel Assistant displaying his name and final destination. \u201cHello, I\u2019m Aarav\u00a0Sandhu, are you here to take me through to U.S. Departures?\u201d\u201cYes sir,\u201d replies the Assistant, \u201cplease follow me.\u201dAarav follows the Assistant down a hallway. The Assistant stops and turns its screen towards Aarav and\u00a0a panel slides open revealing a glass scanner.\u201cPlease place your passport on my scanner and look into my screen. We need to scan your details and\u00a0biometrics before we proceed down the fast track route into U.S. Departures.\u201dAarav places his passport on the panel and looks into the screen.\u201cPersonal Information confirmed and visa cleared. This way please, Mr. Sandhu.\u201dAs they proceed down a corridor Aarav spots his connecting plane through the window. On the window \u2013\u00a0a short, narrated movie starts up, describing the experience he will encounter in New Mexico. He can\u00a0also see take-off, flight path and altitudinal data, as well as video of other travellers experiencing zero\u00a0gravity for the first time \u2013 this makes him smile.Moments later they arrive at the U.S. Departures entrance. A green light flashes as a camera captures\u00a0Aarav\u2019s biometrics. A voice validates that all checks have been completed and instructs him to proceed\u00a0through an open door \u2013 \u201cPlease continue through into U.S. Departures.\u201dAarav steps forward leaving the YVR Traveller Assistant behind and enters the U.S. Departures area.\u00a0Suddenly a voice calls out \u2013 \u201cAarav! Aarav!\u201dA British woman, Melanie, approaches and they embrace. \u201cIt\u2019s you!\u201d says Aarav \u2013 \u201cIt\u2019s so good to finally\u00a0meet you.\u201d\u201cYes!\u201d replies Melanie beaming \u2013 \u201cHow cool is this airport?! I need to show you something.\u201dShe grabs his hand and takes him to a screen displaying the facilities in the area. \u201cLook, they have a\u00a0guest yoga instructor hosting a one-hour practice. We\u2019re always chatting about doing yoga to relax ourselves\u00a0before the trip \u2013 let\u2019s try it out\u201d.Over the next hour they enjoy a powerful, reflective Asana practice. Afterwards, they head towards the\u00a0vegetarian caf\u00e9 for some food and to talk about the trip.Post meal they arrive at their gate \u2013 a substantial, open area adorned with pictures of space travel.The zero-gravity video that Aarav saw earlier plays on the window next to the entrance of the \u2018Space\u00a0Gateway\u2019 area.\u00a0\u201cGood afternoon Mr. Sandhu, Miss Watson, I hope your flight connection went well. Welcome to your interstellar\u00a0adventure. Come right on in. We fly in t-minus thirty minutes.\u201dBoth Aarav and Melanie exchange a smile and proceed into the Space Age departures lounge.\u00a0Melanie can\u2019t contain herself \u2013 \u201cWe\u2019re nearly there. I am beyond excited.\u201dAarav smiles to himself \u2013 \u201cMe too Melanie. I finally get to be an astronaut.\u201dMore 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.