THE WAY I TRAVELED as an 18-year-old college student is not the same way I travel as a 27-year-old full-time writer. The one aspect my two selves have in common is that we are of the Millennial generation, categorized as people currently between the ages of 16 and 34, or anyone born after 1980.
Our parents were lured in by exotic vacations packaged neatly by travel agents that would accommodate their two-weeks’ paid time off from their jobs. But with an unemployment rate that’s still dogging many of us in the US, Millennials don’t have the income to justify those kinds of experiences. We’ve gotten creative with our lack of funds and non-structured time off. Our needs as travelers have changed as a result.
It may be true that most travelers are looking for some, or all, of the aspects listed below. And not all Millennials fit the mold. But from interacting with new travelers on a daily basis — as well as analyzing my own behaviors abroad — these are the desires I’ve noted when it comes to the next generation of traveler.