When it comes to travel, Millennials have it all figured out. They’re smart, savvy, and always keep tabs on the best resources for their trips. You may not fall into the generation of Millennials, but that doesn’t mean you can’t steal some of their best ideas for your next vacation. We’ve got everything you need to know for how to travel like a Millennial — no matter what your actual age may be.
No sense of discovery and no chance for adventure? That doesn’t sit well with millennials, who by and large prefer to skip out on chain hotels and restaurants. Instead, look for small local places. Not only will this give you an insider’s view of your vacation location, it could end up saving you a ton of cash. Sure you know what your trusty chain hotel has to offer, but where’s the fun in that?
It’s no secret that Millennials love apps. They let them have the world at their fingertips — which is especially useful when you’re on the go and having all sorts of adventures. Before you head out on your next trip, be sure to download some popular travel apps. Lyft or Uber is great for grabbing a ride no matter where you are, while Word Lens is an amazing resource for those who might encounter a new language. For those of us who have trouble packing, the Packing Pro app might be the best investment we’ve made in a long time. Do some research and find out which apps are the perfect match for your next trip.
Try a High-Tech Hotel
Technology doesn’t stop at your phone; Millennials love trying out new gadgets when they’re on vacation. Some hotels have thoroughly embraced this idea, and are adding high-tech features to their hotel rooms. You can check in without ever having to speak to another person at some; at others, you can use a complimentary iPad to order room service. Some hotels are so attuned to what Millennial travelers want that they’ve outfitted their locations with kiosks so visitors can instantly leave comments and notes about what they like. This personalized, ultra-advanced travel style is rapidly growing in popularity, and it’s easy to see why. So the next time you’re planning a trip, consider going for a cutting-edge hotel and see what the future of travel looks like today.
Millennials get a lot of flack for posting everything to social media, but half the fun of taking a trip is sharing the memories later. There’s nothing wrong with looking for beautiful locales or seeking out unexpected places to snap that perfect picture. Because of their love of documenting experiences, Millennials are much more into experience trips. They like adventure, from zip-lining across a jungle to scuba diving through a coral reef. Even if you’re not big on social media, try imitating this mentality the next time you’re planning a vacation. You’ll end up with a host of fun stories to share, and memories that will last a lifetime. And if you do decide to share some of those vacation pics on social media, don’t worry — we don’t blame you.
Keep Cash to a Minimum
A lot of people don’t like carrying cash when they travel; it makes them nervous and can be all too tempting when it comes to staying on budget. That’s when you follow the Millennial attitude and only bring a little cash when you head out on a trek. Most places allow you to pay with credit card or an assortment of apps, like Venmo. If you’re traveling to a place where the physical currency is a necessity, these apps can help you track how much you spend, and what’s left of your vacation budget. Not only is it a fast and easy way to pay for things, you won’t have to stress about someone swiping your hard-earned cash.
Millennials by and large are very invested in wellness. You can imitate this ideology by booking a health-based vacation. Sign up for a yoga retreat and achieve some inner peace. Millennials want to stay in tip-top shape, but they’re also conscious consumers; they don’t want to hand over their money to corporations that have a negative impact on the world at large. Splurge on a fun spa that’s environmentally aware, so you’ll feel great about feeling great. It’s a relaxing getaway that will leave you refreshed and recharged. Not in love with the idea of spending your entire vacation improving your health? Add in some fun activities like horseback riding, swimming, or rock climbing for an unforgettable experience that’s good and good for you.
Millennials pride themselves on being adaptable no matter the circumstances (or at least some of us do). Whether or not you naturally possess this trait, now is a great to time try it out — especially when you’re traveling. Like it or not, you can’t control every aspect of your trip. Flights get canceled, plans don’t pan out, and you have to deal accordingly. Do you let it ruin your whole trip, or try to find something new and exciting to do instead? Think like a Millennial and go with the flow instead of losing your cool. Be open to alternative travel methods or plans. Explore. You never know just what you’ll end up discovering.
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