Why Millennials Need Travel

When Jaclyn and I decided on the focus of our blog, we were debating whether travel really belonged with life and work as one of our categories. Does it really fit with our goal to help savvy millennial women? I mean, I love to travel and really want to write about my travels. But would our travel-related posts add value to our readers?

Then I remembered all the times I have been asked how I travel as much as I do. Just the other day, someone turned to me and said, “Rachael, what crazy trips do you have planned for this year?” He knew that I am constantly scheming up trips, and, let me tell you, I did not disappoint. You can even read about the 10 places I’m taking my family this year.

Like most millennials, when I plan my travels I seek out reviews from others. I love a good book (really, you should see our section), but travel guides can make even an amazing place like Paris seem so lifeless. When I travel, I wanted to hear personal accounts from other millennials of specific things they did on their trips. So why not provide that same value to you?

In our lives, both Jaclyn and I have made travel a priority. From our years of travels, we have learned a thing or two worth sharing: how to survive a red-eye flight with kids, the keys to a successful road trip, best things to pack on a business trip – just to name a few.

Related: Arizona Road Trip: Discovering the Magic of the Southwest

And I know we are not alone in making travel a priority. Millennials are the most important demographic when it comes to travel. In 2016, 80% of millennials surveyed by the Boston Globe intended to take a trip in the coming year. And it’s not just single millennial travelers. Millennials families make up 16% of all American travelers. Of all traveling millennials, 62% are traveling with children under the age of 5. 

Older generations tend to say It’s just your fear of missing out or It’s social media envy. I’m sure that’s part of the reason millennials travel more than any other generation.

But I think it’s more than that. We see travel as a way of life – something that connects us to our global community and gives us the long view – both literally and figuratively. But we want authenticity when we travel. We want genuine cultural experiences and unique memories. And, yes, we fully plan to post about it when we get back.

What about the remaining percentage of millennials who aren’t traveling? Whenever I ask people why they don’t travel, I generally hear two excuses from them.

 

Little boy at Glacier National Park

Excuse #1 My Kids are Too Little

I have heard people say that traveling with little kids is a waste of money. They won’t remember it anyways, they say. I have to strongly disagree. They might not remember these trips, but I will.

It’s true, my six-year-old doesn’t remember the trip we took to San Diego when he was two. But that trip laid down a foundation of memories. His two-year-old self started seeing life in a different way, and his three-year-old self fondly recalled that time we visited the ocean. Brick by brick, your child’s character is shaped around his experiences. Why not let travel be part of your child’s foundation?

Though we will write about business trips, girls weekends and the occasional times we manage to get away without the kids, the majority of our travel-related posts will be about travel with young kids. 

Related: Tips for Visiting the Grand Canyon with Kids

 

Excuse #2 Traveling is Too Expensive

A common myth is that traveling is too expensive. Traveling doesn’t have to break the bank. If you plan ahead, you’d be surprised how far your budget can stretch.

Don’t forget that there are tiers of travel. Not every trip is going to be a week-long trip to Europe (though we will write about those). Travel is best when done in a mix – from a staycation to a local attraction to a weekend camping trip all the way to those big all-out trips you’ve dreamed about for years.

To be honest, many of the travel tips we are going to write about will be about budget travel. We want to save our money, to be fiscally responsible … and so we can take more trips.

So what are you waiting for? If you haven’t made travel a priority, now’s the time to start.

What travel topics would you most like to hear about? Let us know in the comments. We’d love to hear from you!

Millennials travel more than any other generation. We explain why millennials need travel - no, it's not just fear of missing out or social media envy - and our best travel advice and travel tips for millennials.

Why Millennials Need Travel

Millennials travel more than any other generation. We explain why millennials need travel - no, it's not just fear of missing out or social media envy - and our best travel advice and travel tips for millennials.
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