Why Do Millennials Travel So Much? – Part 2

In part 1, we delved into the statistics from research that explored why millennials travel so much and with such a passion.

Stats and facts and its validity and accuracy are very key for strongly debated discussions like this one. However sometimes you gotta hear it from the horse’s mouth before you can believe something.

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What Other Travellers Say?

Like a dope Avenger (I wish!), I assembled a group of millenial travellers and travel influencers from social media to help me tackle this by asking them themselves. Makes perfect sense doesn’t it? I gave them a series of questions in relation to this topic.

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First question I asked was why they travelled?

I travel because as a 24 year old I have the freedom my younger self only dreamed of. Knowing my passion if it’s strong enough will take me to destinations I once seen as a kid on TV. Travel provides me with an education like no other you can get through academia. I learn about life! – Alex (@extractsofalex)

I travel because I love exploring new cultures, having adventures and escaping from my normal life in England. – Rachel (@rhg_travels)

I travel because I get restless from being in the same place for too long. I like to meet new people, see new locations, and find new experiences.

The world is huge and there are so many fascinating countries out there that are begging for me to visit them. Also, being a millennial, we’re bombarded by awesome travel photos on social media every day and I think that’s definitely a factor why millennials travel more than older generations. – Passport Explored (@passportexplor)

Personally I travel because by nature I’ve always been curious and restless. I love exploring new places and having new experiences. Between all the books I read growing up and movies I’ve watched set in fabulous places, my wanderlust just kicked in and I’ve been on a journey ever since.Ornella (@AsToldByNella)

I first started travelling to help with my depression. Travelling gave me an escape and made me feel free and allowed me not to have any worries at that current moment. As i was busy with exploring and learning new things. Once I healed from my depression travelling just became my favourite thing to do because I enjoy the free feeling and being able to learn and experience new cultures that I can relate to with people I meet in everyday life. – Bridgetta (@_Bridgetta)

We travel for excitement. There’s nothing more exhilarating than landing in a new place where everything is different. I (Caitlin) become restless when I stay in one place too long. – Caitlin (@BudgetBreakBlog)

Personally I travel to get out of my day to day routine, and because I’m fascinated by being able to explore other countries and cultures without breaking the bank – this is why I tend to travel to various parts of Europe, mostly, because I can do so on a budget!Katy (@KatyGilroyBlog)

Why Do Millennials Travel So Much - Part 2?
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Why Do Millennials Travel So Much - Part 2?
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As part of the research I wanted to tap into what is it that brings out the wanderlust in millennials? What was it that drives them to book a flight or reserve an Airbnb or Hostel dorm? What was their travel inspiration per say?

I think one of the reasons millennials travel so much is exposure and access for which social media is a big part. You see everyday people like yourself going to amazing places and teaching you how you can do so on whatever budget you have. It’s inspiring and it shows how possible travel is. Before it seemed like you had to be wealthy to travel or save to go visit relatives during holidays. But now the world is literally your oyster.

Plus one thing this hectic world constantly teaches is how the days are not promised to anyone so we should see as much of the world as possible. Ornella (@AsToldByNella)

I’ve been very fortunate to have grown up in a family that adores travelling. We’d go a new place almost every summer and it’s really sparked an interest in exploring new places and experiencing new cultures. That spark never really died haha! – Nele (@TheNavigato)

Things that really inspire me to travel are books and documentaries. Every time I read a good travel book or watch a documentary from places far away, I get really inspired and want to travel there immediately. Additionally, I love to read travel blogs and find some new, maybe also rather unknown places I can put on my bucket list! – Alina (@world_of_lina)

My inspiration behind travelling, I was very fortunate when I was younger. My parents would take me and my siblings on beach holidays to Spain. However I was not the type of person to lie on the beach, I wanted to see more what the world had to offer. That’s when I decided on my first solo trip at 19 I want to see more of the world. Travel shows such as departures on Netflix are my main inspiration. – Alex (@extractsofalex)

I initially travelled solo outside of the UK because I was in quite a bad place and wanted an escape. I found travelling to be the perfect escape. Ever since then I have travelled as I found anew confidence in it and it simply excites me to hop onto a plane and go somewhere new. Rachel (@rhg_travels)

Why Do Millennials Travel So Much - Part 2?
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And finally we’re obviously looking into how much the average millennial craves that wanderlust? How routine and lifestyle choices influences frequency of travel? So I asked how often everyone went on trips each year.

I try go on trips 4/5 times a year. Whenever I can and not stuck in uni? – Rachel (@rhg_travels)

I usually travel around 5-8 countries a year. – Bridgetta (@_Bridgetta)

Over the last few years, I’d say I’ve been on about 4-5 trips abroad (excluding any trips back to the Netherlands, I immigrated to the UK a few years ago) and I try to have some day-trips to new cities in the UK quite often too. – Nele (@TheNavigatio)

Since finishing university, we’ve slowed down, and only go on about 2 international trips a year. However, we explore new places in our local area every other weekend to satisfy the itchy feet. – Caitlin (@BudgetBreakBlog)

I try to travel internationally about twice a year if I have a job and if not then I like to buy a one way ticket somewhere and move around at my own pace. I’m from the U.S. and we only get about ten days of vacation a year, which isn’t nearly enough for someone who loves to travel often and really get to know each country that they’re visiting. I’m hoping that someday I can travel full time and work remotely from my computer. That’s the dream at least! – Passport Explored (@passportexplor)

I live in Nepal, but still travel 2-3 times a year. – Alex (@extractsofalex)

I try to go away 3-4 times per year, usually on city breaks, and where I travel tends to be dictated by where the cheapest flights are heading… – Katy (@KatyGilroyBlog)

Because I have a full time job most of my current travel is local around my country. Which is almost every weekend. But I also try to do an overseas trip once a year to somewhere new. – Ornella (@AsToldByNella)

I usually try to plan trips at least every two months. Last year, I made it to more than 10 countries while working and studying and I’m proud and happy about that. However, I don’t always take the plane but travel to neighbor countries by bus or train. – Alina (@world_of_lina)

Summary

So many millennials seem to travel to seek more freedom and independence for the most. For some it runs in the family and was part of a childhood tradition. Some has used travelling to improved their mental health, which is something I loved hearing and I’m gonna do a post on that soon. Others, obviously, want to just escape their mundane 9-5 routine.

Unsurprisingly, travel millennials pretty much turn to social media for travel inspiration. Also travel literature such as books and TV shows are useful sources of motivation. As for what inspires me to go and explore the world you can find out via this post here

What’s most interesting is how varied the reasons are for millennials travelling and where their passion comes from. Everyone’s travel origins are different as well as their travel experiences. Different and similar feelings and sensations from people but travelling is the one thing that brings it out of them.

Why Do Millennials Travel So Much - Part 2?
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Final Word From You

Let me know in the comments! What is it that makes you want to travel? What’s your “why” for wandering around the world the way you do? And also how frequently do you travel every year?

Shoutout to my millennial travel buddies who pitched it! Their twitter handles and links are below:

Alex – @extractsofalex

Alina – @world_of_lina

Bridgetta – @_Bridgetta

Caitlin – @BudgetBreakBlog

Katy – @KatyGilroyBlog

Nele – @TheNavigatio

Ornella – @astoldbynella

Passport Explored – @passportexplor

Rachel – @rhg_travels

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22 Comments

  1. June 27, 2019 / 8:14 am

    I feel like there is so much more out there and with the repetitiveness of doing the same thing day in and day out just gives you the urge to see and do more.

    • Johnny
      Author
      June 27, 2019 / 1:46 pm

      100% agree with you. It’s a breath of fresh air once you hit somewhere new or do something out of the ordinary lets say (i.e. travelling every month or so). Though having said that you gotta make sure you don’t suffer from travel fatigue either – if you know what I mean? 😊

  2. June 27, 2019 / 10:13 am

    As a young person who hasn’t traveled too much this post has made me want to get out and travel x

    • Johnny
      Author
      June 27, 2019 / 1:49 pm

      Mission accomplished! I wanna hear your blog full of travel plans next 😂😉

      • June 27, 2019 / 2:50 pm

        Well I currently have zero but have one or two in the works x

        • Johnny
          Author
          June 27, 2019 / 1:53 pm

          Better than doing nothing! Whereabouts you looking to go?

  3. June 27, 2019 / 12:09 pm

    Looooved this post – really makes you wanna get up and go !

    • Johnny
      Author
      June 27, 2019 / 1:51 pm

      Thanks! Yeah book a trip anywhere 🙂 Could just even be a neighbouring city/town for a day

  4. June 28, 2019 / 9:08 pm

    I love traveling because it takes me out of my own little world and opens my eyes to different places and cultures. I think having social media also makes me realize even more how many places I haven’t been and would love to go!

    Andrea | https://andreapeacock.com/

    • Johnny
      Author
      June 29, 2019 / 7:19 pm

      Love that Andrea! It’s definitely key that you escape out of your own bubble and see the world we’ve been blessed to live in. There’s always new experiences waiting to be had – especially when we’re in a boring mundane routine

  5. June 29, 2019 / 2:17 am

    I think the reason they travel so much is that they realize that the experience is much more valuable than the need for stuff.

    • Johnny
      Author
      July 1, 2019 / 1:42 pm

      Agree definitely! Experiences last longer with you than the material things people spend the same money on.

  6. July 5, 2019 / 7:12 pm

    Love this post, and can say that I agree with nearly all of the comments here! In 2019 I will have travelled to 9 new countries all while having a full time job. Its so nice to see names of fellow travellers that I’ve not connected with before too. Thanks for sharing

  7. July 7, 2019 / 10:26 am

    I would love to travel more! Or at all! With three kids at 29 it is a struggle going to grocery store haha

    • Johnny
      Author
      July 7, 2019 / 2:36 pm

      Hahahaha well they have to make it up to you when they’re older 😂

  8. Amy
    July 7, 2019 / 10:46 am

    I love traveling and found this completely relatable. I would much rather spend money on fun adventures and memories than “things”.

    • Johnny
      Author
      July 7, 2019 / 1:10 pm

      100% Life is measured more by experiences and your moments of happiness than the amount of material possessions you have

  9. July 7, 2019 / 1:12 pm

    There is nothing in life I regret more than not saving more money to travel before I have kids. We travel because we’re one of the first generations to understand the importance of appreciating the world outside our comfort zones ❤️❤️ Thank you for the great post!

    • Johnny
      Author
      July 7, 2019 / 2:38 pm

      That’s such a beautiful backstory and reason for you to travel! Quite touching to be honest, and you’re welcome for the post 😉

  10. July 7, 2019 / 9:59 pm

    The reason I love to travel is because I get to experience life and cultures that are different from mine. I only travel once a year though, but it’s better than nothing.

  11. July 13, 2019 / 3:09 pm

    I liked this. It’s good to understand other peoples perspectives as to why they travel. I began travelling solo because I couldn’t do beach holidays with my family because I get bored quickly and I am a curious person, I like to explore, try new food, experience different cultures.

    • Johnny
      Author
      July 14, 2019 / 10:15 pm

      100% bro! Loool I wanna hear what those beach holidays were saying 😂 For curiosity obviously! Love that we’re waving the flag for solo travel!

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