Millennials these days are a different species. They’re always online, they’re Internet-savvy, and they seem to be into partying. However, it seems that more than that, they love travel.
Topdeck Travel, a provider of group travel for 18- to 30-year-olds surveyed 31,000 people from 134 different countries, and here is what they found—88 percent of millennials travel overseas between one and three times a year. Around 30 percent traveled solo, and majority of them travel in Europe, North America, and Australia/New Zealand.
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With peer influence at a young stage of life, many millennials say that 76 percent of those who travel say that friends’ recommendation were a main factor, which destinations are on sale and what’s on social media.
Statistics revealed that the younger generation is no longer seeking the ways of party animals when they travel. Instead, they want to immerse themselves into new cultures (86 percent) and feast on local cuisine (69 percent). Partying only comes at 44 percent and shopping at 28 percent.
Moreover, 98 percent of the younger generation ranked “eating local cuisine” as part of something that’s very important to them when they travel. In fact, 37 percent of millennials even avoid junk food when they travel.
Keeping fit has become a priority for 14 percent of millennial travelers, while only 11 percent responded that they didn’t exercise at all during this time.
Almost three quarters of those who do their own travel planning and reservations say that they book their trips six to 12 months ahead, and about half of them travel independently;, but at some point, book tours when they arrive at their destination.
There are a lot of things that can be debunked regarding millennials. For instance, despite the notion that many are selfie and media-obsessed, about 10 percent don’t update their social media accounts while traveling, and over half of young travelers only update their social media accounts a few times a week.
The most popular apps used when traveling are Facebook at 94 percent; Instagram at 71 percent; Trip Advisor; What’sApp; and the Twitter, which is far behind at 14 percent.
Interestingly, millennials not only post less often, Wi-Fi access is also not that important to them. They save their photos using smartphones, and 2 percent do not take photos at all. It’s a good thing that smartphones and compact digital cameras have made photography so much easier these days, with a higher quality than those cameras that were made even only 10 years ago.
The most popular bucket list for millennials is Europe, with 33 percent, and the United States and Australia/New Zealand tied at 13 percent. In Asia, their top destinations include Thailand (83 percent), with Vietnam, Malaysia, Cambodia, and Indonesia not far behind. China is not a top destination at only 43 percent, but it’s still ahead of Myanmar, which has only 41 percent of travel bugs interested.
Oh, and as for the selfie sticks—35 percent of millennials would consider using them, but 24 percent are annoyed by them, and another four percent never even heard of them.