Have you noticed how Millennials seem to attract more media and psychological analysis than any other generation? Maybe it’s because it is this generation that is more visible and accessible thanks to the digital age? Everything Millennials do is transparent because it’s all out there. Me? Because I write travel articles, I am curious about how Millennials travel. Do they travel like other generations? Let’s find out – then you tell me if they have it right.
When you have an Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Snapchat to think about, you don’t want plan your trip using the same old websites that every other person online has used. For this reason, bespoke arranged trips are becoming more popular again, with modern travel agents being asked to create unusual and unique itineraries for young tourists to follow and experience something now to add to their social media platforms.
With the fun factor of your social media updates to think about, the Millennial trend seems to be that people are going away together in bigger and bigger groups. Of course, this cuts down on individual costs and makes the holiday cheaper, but it also makes for a more fun set of Instagram pictures where there are more people to post with!
While couples and groups in older generations might have been more inclined to vacation in a more traditional way like a hotel or a private rental, Millennials like to make the most of their visiting city’s hospitality by finding places to stay through sites like AirBnB. It can be much cheaper, and again makes for more of an adventure when you can make friends with your temporary landlord!
What use is going on holiday if you’re not going to be able to post amazing pictures from amazing locations to make your social media followers endlessly jealous? This new culture of one-upmanship on photo sharing platforms has lead to a rise in super luxurious holidays, with people wanting to produce the most beautiful and awe-inspiring vacation snaps possible.
The fast pace of modern life means that most millennial vacations don’t tend to be the classic two weeks like they used to be, with many people instead opting for long weekends to places where they can take a whirlwind tour, of course, not forgetting to Snapchat and Instagram every single landmark and amazing looking meal that they enjoy while there!
Back the culture of one-upmanship on social media and wanting to stand out to get all those likes, shares and retweet. it’s the truth that a simple hot dog legs on the beach pic won’t cut it anymore. If you don’t Snapchat yourself leaning over the edge of a 300-foot canyon then, really, what is the point anymore? At least that’s what today’s social media culture would say!
Something really great that does stem from the culture of Instagram one-upmanship, however, is that more and more places are being visited in countries rather than the usual one or two classic tourist cities. The culture of finding the next best thing to upload for everyone to see means that people are for more willing to explore off the beaten path.
If you’re a Millennial, do you recognize the truth in this or do you fit a different pattern?
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