“I always wonder why birds stay in the same place when they can fly anywhere on the earth, then I ask myself the same question.” – Harun Yahya
I love to travel. I always have, and I always will. Those statements tend to describe the millennial generation as a whole. Where older generations saw value in high paying jobs and big houses, millennials see value in flexibility and accumulating experiences. Technology has allowed us to see glimpses from all over the world, and those glimpses sparked a desire to see more, and do more.
According to huffpost.com, millennials are 25% more likely to travel abroad than older generations. We are also willing to budget more for trips, with millennials being on track to spend $1.4 trillion on travel each year by 2020. When we travel, it’s all about the cultural experience to grow as human beings. 78% of millennials want to learn something new while they travel. While older generations tend to seek the comfortability of touristy areas, millennials step outside their comfort zone and dive all in.
Traveling used to be seen as a luxury. Millennials are making it a lifestyle. Traveling the world is now more accessible than ever. Companies like Airbnb have disrupted the traditional travel market, and millennials are taking full advantage. Hostels are even becoming more popular, with millennials making up 70% of hostel guests. The most important aspect about hostels though, is not the low cost, but the social opportunities they offer. Millennials can meet other travelers from around the world, and connect with people from various unique cultures.
How is any of this going to change the world? For many of us involved in business, we’ve all heard the saying, “If trade stops, war starts.” The lesson behind that statement is that it’s harder to fight with someone when you’re working together towards a common goal. The accessibility of international travel in our world today, has shrunk our world, and millennials are eager to get out there and experience everything. As millennials begin to flood into other countries and connect with the different people there, we will begin to unify as one race; the human race. Countries throughout the world will be so connected because of travelers that conflict will begin to disappear. It’s hard to fight with someone when you’re too busy learning from them, and gaining a deep understanding of their culture.
That’s the future I see millennials being a part of; a world where we realize we’re more alike than we are different, and we accept our differences as learning opportunities. It’s a beautiful thing to imagine, and even just the thought of it makes me smile. But that’s truly the kind of world I see millennials creating, and I can’t wait to watch how it plays out.