Millennials do almost everything differently from their parents’ generation, and traveling is no exception.
Drs. Kurt Stahura and William Frye of Niagara University’s College of Hospitality and Tourism Management have identified the top millennial travel trends for the summer of 2016.
Here’s what they found.
They want technology – like free wifi
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Millennials look to stay in locations with free Wi-Fi, fast Internet connections, and multiple outlets for charging all their various devices, the study found. They also like places that will let them use their computers in locations outside of their rooms.
They care about the environment
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Millennial travelers look for eco-friendly places to stay, and are concerned about leaving their “carbon footprint,” as the study wrote.
They’re more adventurous than their parents are
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Millennials love experiences – especially when they travel. They look for places to stay that offer various activities from skiing to mountain biking.
They want to meet new people
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Millennials love meeting new people, so they’ll stay at places like hostels where they can meet lots of people their age from all walks off life. They’ll participate in various community activities when they’re traveling, too.
They’re not looking for a five star restaurant
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Millennials crave authenticity, so they’re more likely to eat at a local, authentic eatery than at a fancy five star restaurant. They aren’t going to throw down lots of money for a long, fancy meal – they’d rather go someplace that’s less fancy, but maybe more trendy or health-conscious.
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Millennials operate on a principle of value: they try to spend as little as possible, so that they can do a lot and experience more; they want to get the most bang for their buck. Further, they try to keep cost down for where they stay, which translates into them staying at places like Airbnbs – and they’ll even share rooms, too.