Scrolling through Instagram, one thing is clear: Millennials love dogs, the beach, and are obsessed with traveling. A new study by travel company Contiki shows that people between the ages of 18 and 35 rate travel among their highest priorities, and would give up some pretty surprising things to do it.
Over 1,500 participants were surveyed, and they left little doubt about their commitment to adventure. In exchange for a chance to travel anywhere in the world, free of charge, 77 percent said they would happily give up coffee, 73 percent said they would give up alcohol, 60 percent said they’d stop eating carbs, 80 percent said they’d give up Netflix, and 57 percent volunteered to give up sex.
Before you applaud millennials too much for their restraint, keep in mind that only 41 percent said they would give up their cell phones in exchange for a free trip. While that’s still a relatively sizeable number, it shows how truly reliant millennials can be on their phones, with 49 percent admitting to spending eight to 10 hours on their phone per day.
Perhaps the most revealing statistic, however, is that 73 percent said they often regret missed opportunities. While coffee, carbs, sex, and alcohol are certainly enjoyable, millennials clearly view travel as a special experience — so special that it’s worth sacrificing a Netflix subscription.
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