Millennials like to be at the forefront of trends. It’s kind of their thing. From hot new food fads to cool fashion choices, millennials have got it covered. And given their love of new things and exploring, it’s no wonder that they love to travel. Even if that’s not the generation you identify with, you can learn a lot from their travel trends. Here are the places millennials are traveling to in 2018. If you’re looking for a new type of travel adventure, this is the place to be.
Liverpool – England
Millennials are all about the experience when it comes to travel. They’re fine with partying of course, but the real focus of their trips is immersing themselves in a new culture and being free to explore a whole new world. With that in mind, it’s easy to see why Liverpool is one of the top spots for the younger generation that’s on the go. With its rich musical history (hello, The Beatles) and beautiful seaside, Liverpool is an ideal choice for those who want to experience English culture without blowing all their money in London. Be sure to sample the seafood, as it doesn’t get any fresher than this!
Montreal – Canada
Make no mistake about it: millennials love a good deal, and right now the dollar is doing very well in Canada. Montreal is a great location for a trip, particularly for those who love the outdoors. There’s tons of hiking and exploring to do, even when the temperature dips down. For those who prefer the urban life to getting their feet dirty, the city has a seemingly endless supply of cultural events to experience. With a killer local music scene and some truly remarkable restaurants, Montreal has it all — even for the most discerning 20 somethings.
Portland – Oregon
For those millennials who consider themselves hipsters (particularly the environmentally friendly kind), Portland is a must-visit locale. There’s tons to do: groundbreaking chefs at trendy restaurants, seemingly endless art galleries and museums, and there’s always some sort of event to attend. And don’t forget the natural beauty of Portland; the lush forests are a hiker’s dream come true, and will let you get up close to nature in between checking out trendy spots.
Phuket – Thailand
Thailand is one of the coolest places you could hope to visit, so it’s no wonder millennials love it. The weather is sensational, the beaches are breathtaking, and the ocean is simply unparalleled. You can spend your days soaking up the sun or exploring reefs and islands in the area. There’s no end to funky stores for shopping fiends, and the cuisine is a taste sensation. The icing on the cake? Thailand is a relatively inexpensive overseas trip, so it won’t do too much damage to your vacation budget.
Ann Arbor – Michigan
Looking for a laid-back vibe amid a rich creative community? Then you’re going to love this millennial vacation favorite. Ann Arbor is a delight for visitors from all walks of life. The sprawling University of Michigan campus is full of gorgeous architecture and cool events, ranging from student rallies to arts and crafts fairs. If reading is your thing, get ready for a literary delight: Ann Arbor is the proud home of more than 30 independent bookshops. For those that prefer a more adventurous excursion, there’s a wide variety of nightclubs and plenty of hip restaurants to satisfy your cravings.
X’ian – China
A great place to start your exploration of China, millennials flock to X’ian due to its rich history and vibrant culture. The Terra Cotta Army is a sight to behold, and the Silk Road holds tons of history for those that seek it. X’ian also has the advantage of providing easy transportation to other parts of China, allowing you to explore this fascinating country to your heart’s content. Be sure to sample the local cuisine, and don’t forget to check out the assortment of fascinating museums.
Los Angeles – California
It’s easy to see why millennials are so fond of Los Angeles. It’s the hub and mecca of the film industry, packed with the hottest nightclubs in the world. If you’re a fan of stargazing or the finer things in life, Los Angeles is the place to be. Prefer a more laid back mindset when you travel? Los Angeles is home to some truly mind-blowing beaches, perfect for soaking up the sun and just chilling out. Hey, you’ll need some recovery time before diving back into the vibrant world of concerts, movie premieres, and flashy restaurant openings.
Lisbon – Portugal
For a city rich in history and culture, millennials are betting hard on Lisbon. This ancient and charming city in Portugal offers an experience like no other. You could spend weeks exploring the city streets and admiring the architecture. Want to get up close and personal with nature? Lisbon has a host of aquatic options, from pristine beaches to lush tropical islands. Grab some scuba gear and dive in for the adventure of a lifetime. In between getting in touch with the natural world be sure to explore the museums and historical locations that tell of the city’s rich past. Wander among the ruins before settling in for a gourmet dinner. With reasonable prices and tons to do, it’s no wonder that millennials love Lisbon — and we’re sure you will too.
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