If you've ever travelled before, you'll have an understanding of the immense power of travel. It just does something to you; a seismic shift that is so strong it's impossible to ignore. And if you travel while you're young, that change stays with you for life.
Knowing this, we found ourselves asking one simple question - does travel create better humans? and if so, how is the mind altering experience of travel translated to the real world? Does travel set young people up for a better future?
What we discovered may just change your world...
a sense of BELIEF in yourself & what you can achieve
more likely to look for new opportunities to develop their skills and knowledge
more likely to set goals for themselves (and regularly achieve them)
of travellers indicated that they are more confident because of travel, and perform well on different types of tasks
more likely to be satisfied with their employment opportunities
connections to others
more likely to feel a sense of responsibility for all people on planet Earth.
more likely to find greater satisfaction in their close relationships with partners, family and friends.
more likely to actively seek out new friendships.
a powerful sense of citizenship
of travellers voted in the last presidential or national election (compared to 19% of non-travellers)
of travellers indicate that they have donated money to an organisation(s) that helps people located in another country (compared to 20% of non-travellers)
of travellers indicated that they have written to or communicated with their National government (compared to 5% of non-travellers)
of travellers indicate that travel has shaped their perspective on global politics (compared to 36% of non-travellers)
a more open mind
more likely to think outside the
more likely to highly value original ideas
more likely to accept that some people have different beliefs to their own and different perspectives on how to live their life
a happier you
travellers are more likely to exercise more than 5 times a week
countries, travellers are more likely to exercise regularly, compared to non-travellers.
more likely to be happy
We scoured the globe for a first time traveller who’d never explored beyond their own back yard, determined to show, first-hand, how travel changes you. Partnering with one of the world’s brightest young documentary film makers to tell our story, we created a film that explores how your first travel experience could just be the best thing you do for yourself. This is the story of how travel changes you.
This is José's story.
Contiki commissioned Story and Verse and Fan Data Analytics - two third party professional research and insight organisations - to conduct this research.
Story and Verse enlisted the expertise of Adam Ganlinsky, PhD, Columbia Business School, to advise in the form of an interview by enquiring into the character attributes that change as a result of travel, as indicated by his own academic research. These include empathetic concern, perspective-taking, generalised trust, interracial connection, open-minded thinking, learning goal orientation and general self-efficacy.
Fan Data Analytics, using this insight, conducted a survey of a pool of 2,980 18-35 year olds from the United Kingdom, United States, Canada, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand. The response pool was broken into equal groups of travellers and non-travellers, as defined below:
someone who has traveled outside of their home country
someone who has not travelled outside of their home country
We interviewed psychologist Adam Galinsky to see how travel is changing our brains
We're the original curators of social travel experiences for young people. Since 1962 we've been running trips for 18-35 year olds, with over 300 trips in over 60 countries around the world. Travelling with Contiki means your accommodation, food, transport and experiences are taken care of so you can focus on just one thing, having the best time and becoming the best version of yourself.
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