To be a traveler today means moving through a world in dramatic transformation. The key issues regarding what’s next for the industry align with the most compelling issues of our time—the worsening climate crisis, social inequities, and emerging technologies. It’s both thrilling and alarming to try and keep up with such rapid changes, and to understand our place within them. But a lot of writing about the future is, well, wrong. (Easy to say in retrospect.) Humanity loves to make outlandish predictions. Most recently, Elon Musk—a king of stating proclamations that never come true—said that “by 2020 there will be serious plans to go to Mars with people.” The rhetoric too often plays into the hype of emerging ideas, which are often disconnected from reality, and fails to ask critical questions like, whose future are we really talking about? And are the innovations even possible?