Today, I am leaving on my 22-day Around The World Trip (Northern Route) with Nat Geo.
Seems like the perfect time to get the word out on my travel goals for 2018 and the one country, in particular, I am determined to visit next year. Also, want to share the info I’ve found on all the ways that we, as travelers, are changing:
We are more independent and adventurous
- Although my Nat Geo trip is uber-deluxe, we are heading to fairly remote and un-traveled parts of the world (hello, Mongolia and Siberia!).
- I’ve noticed younger travelers are especially adventurous e.g. my friends Chris and Anni have been in Thailand for the last several months, getting certified for all manner of diving. They’re staying in fairly random boarding houses, renting mopeds, living the nomad life. I would never have the gumption to do their trip.
- And then there’s the trip a young British couple did – traveling all over Asia using Instagrammers as their guides. They’re planning a similar trip in the Southern States of America this year (“Secrets of the South”). Check out the photos in this link, they are spectacular.
We are picking destinations based on specific interests vs. sightseeing
- Many more people are traveling to follow their passions e.g. Venice for the Biennale, Palm Springs for the mid-century architecture, Cuba for the time-capsule cars.
- A group of my friends are exploring America via State Fairs. Last year it was Dallas for the Texas State Fair, this year we’re heading to Iowa (August).
Millennial vs. Older Travelers (Source: MediaPost)
- Millennials view travel (especially international travel) as vital to their personal growth and life experiences. Older travelers consider it more of a luxury.
- The experience is key: 55% of millennials say travel is all about discovery and adventure. When they hit the road, they don’t see themselves as tourists — they are experience pioneers.
- Millennials are digital travelers: 75% have travel apps on their phones. Raised on Wi-Fi and smartphones, digital connectivity is as vital as food or shelter.
- Travel Hackers: Millennials are savvy travelers. They’ll use apps, online travel agents, the sharing economy to bypass expensive taxis, restaurants, and tours for more accessible alternatives e.g. foregoing a five-star hotel for cheaper accommodations in order to afford a culinary experience or diving accreditation.
See below for my top 5 bucket list destinations plus Pinterest’s top trending spots.
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