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New Study Shows Differences in Gen X, Millennial, and Gen Z Travel Plans Right Now

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by Olivia Harden Aug 10, 2021

For some vaccinated people, it’s starting to feel like it’s time to dust off that suitcase and get to packing as travel starts to open back up. And statistics show that you’re probably ready to go, though exactly how ready and what type of travel you’re looking to do may depend on your age.

The travel booking platform GetYourGuide conducted a study how Gen X, Millennials, and Gen Z feel about travel. According to the survey, the thing that people are most excited about as pandemic restrictions ease is travel — at least more so than eating in restaurants, attending parties, and going to bars and clubs.

More than 70 percent of total respondents have already planned their vacations. Sixty-one percent of Gen Xers said they’re staying domestic, while 20 percent said they’re looking international. On the other side, 51 percent of Gen Zers are planning international trips versus 37 percent who stated they’re planning a trip in the US. Only 35 percent of Millennials surveyed are seeking out international travel, though 48 percent are planning domestic travel.

The study also asked where people are planning to travel. The top domestic destinations include New York City, Miami, Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Juan. Outside of the US and its territories, Dubai, Cyclades, and Paris are the most popular. More than a third of Gen Z and Millenials have been in a different city in the past month, while Gen Xers are more cautious, with a third not having traveled to another city for more than a year.

Gen Z (57 percent), Millennials (54 percent) and Gen X (55 percent) are prioritizing safety and putting outdoor activities in demand. But across the board, people in each generation can agree that the most annoying part of travel is figuring out how to pay for it. Sixty-three percent of Millennials are willing to pay someone to figure out all of the arrangements and excursions for them. The majority of Millennials are also stashing away more money for their excursions, spending between $51 and $100 per person for experiences each day, while only 15 percent of Gen Z and 14 percent of Gen X are budgeting that amount.

Whatever your travel plans are, it’s time to get moving in the safest ways we can.

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