Millennials, also known as “Generation Y” or “Generation Next,” are the group of people born between 1980 and 1999. Yes, all of them. Studies have shown that all of these people show the same habits and that there’s thus such a thing as the “stereotypical Millennial”.
Were you born between 1980 and 1999? Aren’t you curious to find out if you’re a typical Millennial traveler? Well, you are if the following statements apply to you.
1. You want things to happen now
Whether you’re just planning your trip, checking in for a flight, or traveling abroad, you like things to happen quickly and you’re flexible in making that happen. Checking in at the airport is something of bygone days—you do it online. When you’re walking around a new place and stumble upon something that you don’t know, you’ll probably Google it. And if there’s an important event going on, you follow the real-time updates on your smartphone.
2. You share everything
It’s not only about receiving information, though. You also constantly share information yourself. You firmly believe that “if it’s not on Facebook, it didn’t happen,” and so you post social media updates throughout the day, even when you’re on vacation.
3. You want to be connected the entire time
Receiving and sharing data only works if you’re connected, and you expect to be connected the entire time. You book accommodations based on whether there’s free Wi-Fi, and even when you go to a bar, the Wi-Fi signal is the first thing you check. Also, you can’t understand that a hotel with rooms that go for $400 a night charges $20 a day for Wi-Fi, while you can get it for free at a hostel that only charges $20 a night.
4. You want to go local
While you’re interested in seeing famous sights and visiting more touristy “attractions,” you also want to experience a destination in a way a local would. You want to hang out in hidden bars, try out the local foods, and you’d rather stay in an apartment than in a hotel.
“You only live once,” and you have no idea how long that life will last, so you don’t want to keep everything for the end. You know that you’ll have to work a lot longer than your parents did and so that golden old age might not be as golden once you get there. “Why wait?” is your motto.
6. You’re social, but in two different ways
When you travel, you love to meet new people, whether they’re locals or other travelers. You don’t mind if someone sparks a conversation at the hotel bar or when someone invites you to tag along for the day. When it comes to interacting with hotels, restaurants, and other service providers, however, you keep things online. You don’t complain to the manager about a dirty bathtub, but you’ll put a photo of it on Instagram, and although you really don’t need turndown service, you do expect the hotel’s customer service to reply to your tweet within the hour.
7. You rely on peer reviews to make decisions
Whenever you need to book a hotel, a flight, or even when you’re looking for a place to eat, you’ll go online and read a bunch of reviews. You’ve become blind to traditional advertising, but will quickly cut out anything that receives less than three stars out of five.