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For our generation travel is no longer an if, but a when

Women in swimwear being lowered by rope into hole in the ground

Travel today is pretty much a rite of passage for millennials. Whether it’s a gap year, working abroad or just a well-earned holiday, it’s written into our lives somewhere along the way. Be it a page, chapter or book, travel plays its role in broadening, changing, sculpting, defining and even making us who we are.

According to a report revealed by the World Youth Student and Educational (WYSE) Travel Confederation, “by 2020, 320 million international trips are expected to be made by youth travellers each year – a staggering 47% increase from 217 million in 2013.”

So just what is it that’s causing this epidemic wanderlust rapidly spreading across Generation Y, and why has travel become such an integral part of our DNA?

Travel has never been so accessible

For what some of us now see as a necessity, was once a luxury. Way back in the day before the likes of budget airlines and AirBnB, travel was a very different world indeed. An experience only accessible to the wealthy, it was a pretty serious financial investment. Today,  it’s less about the money and more about how open minded you want to be. And thanks to ever evolving travel tech it doesn’t take much for us to jet off, with 41% of millennial travellers saying they’ve used a smartphone to shop for flights and 27% saying they’ve used a smartphone to shop for hotels. 

A woman is standing in front of a blue house during her millennial travel.

The social norm has changed

Long gone are the days of settling down in your early 20’s to the thrills of marriage, kids, and mortgages. Whilst this is still favoured by some, it’s now just as acceptable to hold off on those scary life decisions and instead focus on what being in your 20’s has become all about – experiencing new places, taking every opportunity you can, making connections, learning about yourself and doing whatever the hell you want whilst you’ve got the chance.

Working abroad, studying in a new city, volunteering, gap years, summer holidays are all up for grabs. And these can often be a far richer experience then what hanging around your hometown would ever give you.


We’re pretty easily influenced (in a good way)

With travel influences coming from just about every angle it’s no wonder we’re all itching to head off on our next adventure. Friends and families account for around 76% of trusty travel source information, whilst around 80% of us rely on travel reviews as strong decisions makers. Combining this with the likes of travel bloggers and social media is a sure way to make travel right up there at the top of our agendas.

Two millennial women sitting on a boat in the clear blue water.

We’re more sociable then ever

Generation Y are often at the forefront of the social media attack. Whilst we’re accused of hiding behind our phones and lacking in real life connections, we’re also the most social generation when it comes to our travelling behaviour.

With 23% of us keen to hang out with as many nationalities as possible, we’re more motivated than ever to meet different types of people and experience new things.

And we’re even more spontaneous

Saving those pennies for a rainy day? Hellz no. Millennials are less about the long term plans and more about making the most of right now. Guilty of digging into your savings for a travel spree? Busted. But with experiences and memories no amount of money can compare to, it’s always worth it. And with travel being so accessible it’s easier than ever to accidentally book a long weekend away or, you know, a month exploring the Greek islands … #sorrynotsorry.