TRAVEL & LIFESTYLE

Where Millennials should Travel in 2018

Deepanshi Ahuja, Travel Writer, India

30 January 2018

In case you have no idea and is actually wondering what a “millennial” is: these are the people born between the early 1980s to the late 1990s. They are usually all too familiar with communications, technology, and the media. Millennials today are prioritising travel more than anything else – well, most of them at least. According to stayplanner.com, 86 percent travel to experience a new culture, while 82 percent travel to different locations based on reviews online and 76 percent travel based on friends’ recommendations. Most of these people rely heavily on the internet, especially when it comes to travelling. For travel inspiration in 2018, look no further than these trending locations.

The travel industry is eager to attract millennials travelers. Many companies have sought to pinpoint exactly what these two generations want out of a vacation, tweaking their brands to offer those amenities. Others have launched completely new brands that cater specifically to younger travelers.

Mountain trekking was the number-one trip style sought by millennials, followed by sailing trips, island-hopping, music-related travel and foodie trips. Rounding out the top trip style choices are sustainable travel; spring break; hop-on, hop-off tours; wildlife safaris; and active adventures. Students and millennials are also straying from the traditional “Euro-trip.” Instead, they are focused on going in-depth at a single destination such as Australia, New Zealand, Italy, the U.K. and Spain. Europe still offers a lot of appeal to younger travelers, however. This ease of access is driving younger travelers to visit a variety of European cities, including Rome, London, Dublin, Madrid, Barcelona and Amsterdam.

Low fares to Asia and the Pacific have also put some farther-flung cities top of mind for millennials and student travelers. Destinations such as Tokyo, Manila, Bangkok and Auckland, New Zealand, are all high on their lists.

Other far-off lands are of interest for a more distressing reason: Younger travelers are increasingly seeking adventures in destinations that are endangered as they feel an urgency to visit places like the Arctic before they are transformed by climate change.

Here is the complete top 10 countries for millennials in 2018:

1. Australia

If you are one and you are reading this, then get ready to book your plane ticket to Melbourne, Australia, as we are about to enumerate the most millennial-friendly vacation spots in the city.

Kettle black bar-Millennials are known to post almost everything that they do or see on social media such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. They aim for those “instagrammable” places – spots where they can take a photo of, or photo with. Kettle Black Bar is definitely one of those destinations, and once you see it in person (or even just in pictures), you’ll know why. It is famous for its classy and photogenic dishes, which are usually served with edible flowers. Melbourne is known for its delicious coffee, too, so make sure to get that as well.

The queen victoria market-Ah, the famous Victoria Market. This market is amazingly huge, and probably sells everything that you need. It is the city’s fresh food shopping mecca (you seriously will be delighted with the super fresh fruit and vegetables here!), a historic landmark, and a tourist attraction all wrapped in one. It is the largest open-market in the whole South Hemisphere. You can even find fashion pieces, gourmet food, and general merchandise here! Be sure to watch out for cheap bargains – they are definitely the hidden gem of this market!

St. Kilda-Basically, the whole suburb of St. Kilda looks amazing. It is home to Luna Park, a park where you can be a kid again. The bright lights and the entrance is something that you shouldn’t miss taking a picture of! Kilda Beach is located here as well, and relaxing here after a tiring day would be the perfect way to cap your day. Also, watch out for the colorful cake shops, summer markets and world-class restaurants.

2. New Zealand

There’s something magical about New Zealand. It’s a country filled with everything you need for an unforgettable outdoor adventure – sprawling pastures, raging waterfalls, and even active volcanoes.

Still, New Zealand is often forgotten in the conversation of best travel destinations. It’s treated like Australia’s little brother – a small island nation whose main association is with Middle Earth. Here a few reasons why you should book a trip to New Zealand for your next adventure.

The kiwi spirit-New Zealanders (or Kiwis) are known to be a rowdy bunch. Case in point – the Kawarau Bridge Bungy. It’s the World’s first commercially operated Bungy Jumping Site, opened by Bungy pioneer AJ Hackett. You can embrace the Kiwi spirit by taking a plunge of my own off Kawarau Bridge. The jump included a 141-foot drop into a gorgeous canyon. It will simultaneously terrifying and thrilling – and totally worth it.

Island paradise-New Zealand is known for being split into two islands – the North Island and the South Island. So you might be surprised to learn about the Bay of Islands. It’s a group of over 140 subtropical islands located off the coast of the North Island. It’s like a New Zealand version of the Hawaiian Islands – complete with shimmering sand beaches and warm water. What more could you want?

Lift off-There’s no shortage of ways to experience New Zealand. You can hike, kayak, drive or sail your way around the country. You can able to access some of the most remote parts of New Zealand by taking helicopter tours. It allowed me to get bird’s eye views of glaciers, Alps, and even an active volcano.

3. Italy

From the Roman Forum to the watery canals of Venice, Italy is one of the most iconic places for travelers to visit. Lovers throw coins into the Trevi fountain and backpackers hike Cinque Terra. Boasting Etruscan antiquities, Renaissance architecture, great techno clubs, a vibrant graffiti scene and some of the best wines in the world, the country truly offers something for every traveler. Italy is home to some of the most celebrated vineyards in the world. They also have lax open container laws. Instead of springing for a fancy drink at the hotel bar, stop by your local grocery store, grab a bottle and set up a picnic. Many of the famous squares quiet down at dusk and you can appreciate the architecture, while imbibing in local brew.

4. U.K.

Here are the top three places for millennials to live in the capital right now, whether you’re looking for a foodie vibe or a first-time-buy bolthole.

Croydon -There are a healthy number of startups in the area, which will suit entrepreneurial types who don’t fancy the commute into the centre of town. It’s definitely having a revival as a trendy hotspot with the opening of Box Parkand local brewery Cronx .

Newham-For those who want a diverse and welcoming multicultural community, East Ham, with its lively artisan and creative scene, is up your street. This previously overlooked area incorporating Canning Town, East Ham, West Ham and Manor Park really is one of the best places to buy if you’re happy to wait for the regeneration projects to take off – East Ham is for those looking to play the long game.

Tower hamlets– It’s full of trendy areas such as Bethnal Green, Whitechapel, Brick Lane and Spitalfields, boasting a huge range of foodie hangouts from artisan restaurants to ethnic stalls, vintage markets and a cool art scene. It’s great during summer for festivals, with Victoria Park on your doorstep, it’s one of the biggest parks in the capital and has played host to numerous gigs including the Field Day and Lovebox festivals.

5. Thailand

For the past few years, Thailand effortlessly became a tourist hub not only for backpackers but also from around the world.

Smiles is the gateway to the neighboring countries of the region, it has a little bit of everything you need to tick our bucket list off, it’s culinary scene has amazing burst of flavors, going around in the country is easy and pretty accessible, cost of living is impressively cheap, affordable to high-end accommodations are everywhere, it is a safe country to wander in, and it is probably the best country to start off your solo adventures.

Thailand is a mix of exotic, fun, and adventurous. You won’t fall short with activities and food to try, people to meet, and destinations to take your breath away.

Here, allow me to lead you to Thailand’s whereabouts.

Staycation-Getting a safe and sound sleep just might be what you need to kick off your Thailand exploration. And while finding a good accommodation wherever your wandering soul may be is yet a challenge to hold, Thailand rental homes are here to pacify you with rooms and villas you deserve without having to leave the peripheries of your comfort zone. And did we mention they have infinity pools with a tropical view? Ahhh, definitely a bang for your Baht!

Free walking tours-Thailand does not fall short with shenanigans to be ticked off. There are underwater explorations, market shopping, forest trekking, national park, temple and museum hopping, and binge-eating of street foods. Most of these can be done through day tours that range from 500 to 1,700 THB, depending on the opted activities. Though this might sound steep, know that joining group tours will always help you save more! Plus, group tours give more chances of gaining new friends to share the grandeur of Thailand with. Just be generous enough to tip them for a job well done!

Island life-It’s not a secret how prevalent Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) certification course is in Thailand. After all, who wouldn’t plunge in its breath-taking underwater world? Joining this course will cost you for about 10,000 THB, which probably comes with an accommodation. Ko Tao is said to be the cheapest place to scuba dive, while Siliman Islands is the best diving spot. Meanwhile, beach bumming in the pristine islands of Similian Ko Samui, Ko Taruato, Ko Lanta, Ko Samet, Ko Chang, and Ko Jum shouldn’t also be missed. The mermaid in you surely won’t be disappointed.

6. Spain

Every year hundreds of people, or rather should I say thousands of people, visit Spain. Many visit the popular places, which are spoken of frequently; Barcelona or Madrid. Purely because of the beauty each city provides. However there are other places in Spain that offer historical buildings and such, but also produce different customs of the Spanish lifestyle. Let’s adventure through Spain with a sense of uniqueness. We will travel through the Spanish Islands, Seville, Cordoba, Granada, and Ronda, Spain. All have a presence of uniqueness that Millennials typically don’t know about.

7. Portugal

Portugal has quickly become a top destination for tourists. And it’s not just over the summer – travelers are making their way to Portugal during its off-season in larger numbers than ever before.

compared with the same period this year. Colder temperatures are a trade-off for shorter lines and lower prices for accommodations during the off-season.

Portugal’s high travel season runs from July through August. During those times, warm ocean waters have the beaches packed with swimmers …as well as with surfers and paddle boarders. Lisbon, Portugal’s capital city, provides day hikes as well as a bustling nightlife to explore for the Millennials.

8. Philippines

Asian countries have always been popular tourism destinations for the Millennials. Not only do they offer a wide range of different experiences and adventures, but many also find that the budget is not burdening.

The Philippines is one of the countries worth visiting because it has got a lot of things to offer. The Philippines is the most loved country on earth, and in my opinion, the most overlooked country in Asia. There are some reasons why one must travel to Philippines once in their lifetime.

Affordability-Philippines travel is cheap. This is especially true for tourists coming from the United States and European countries. With the different currencies, everything in the Philippines may seem affordable. The rent for some great bungalows right on the beach is around $35. Even the price for alcoholic drinks is reasonable. Some 0,5l drinks is for sale at $0.5 while the 0,7l bottle costs $2. Practically, it is fun to have a holiday in the country as there is nothing to hold back, including your spree for good drinks. Food is cheap and readily available in all forms, such as street food, restaurants, and big supermarkets. Activities as well are inexpensive. It’s also easy and cheap to travel to different places, either by plane or boat.

Food culture-Not only are they cheap, but they can also take your culinary experiences to the next level. If food is something important when you travel, then you will love the Philippines. There are so many different kinds of food to try, and the flavors vary greatly. There are also many “weird” and exotic foods that you can try,Mostly dominated by pork, some of which is either grilled or fried, the country’s most popular dishes come with healthier options, like sinigang, which refers to tamarind based soup garnished with a lot of kinds of meat and vegetables and balut, which is a boiled duck egg. While foreigners may find the first dish agreeable to their taste once they get used to the sourness, many find the second one repulsive or at least challenging to eat. There are also international food readily available if you’re picky. Not keen on trying the dishes? Not to worry, the country also has halo-halo as its most favourite dessert. The reason for the love of this dessert is obvious: it is colorful, healthy with kidney beans, coconuts and some other local ingredients and refreshing with the ice cream on top.

Some of the world’s best diving-Immerse yourself in the underwater world at Tubbataha Reefs National Park, a Unesco World Heritage site that has a 100-metre perpendicular wall, lagoons and two coral islands, or take a boat to see black coral at the Black Forest dive site off Panglao Island.

9. Costa Rica

Costa Rica is more than a vacation destination; it is an interactive sensory experience. The country is has an intense array environmental attractions – majestic volcanoes, misty cloud forests, stunning river valleys, and hundreds of beaches along the Pacific and Caribbean coasts. Costa Rica has a fascinating ecological story, woven into the history of a peaceful and family-oriented culture.

Costa Rica offers many exciting ways to immerse yourself in its natural elements. It is the consummate destination for exploring ecosystems and connecting with a peaceful culture. Whether discovering fascinating species with a friendly Costa Rican guide, zipping across the rainforest canopy, or relaxing in a volcano-heated hot spring, there are a variety of tours and activities to engage travelers of all types.

With so much to see, deciding where to go can often be the hardest part of your trip planning process. Often, a good first step is to choose one or two destinations, and then complementary locations can be found based on time constraints, proximity, and interest. Many travelers choose three or four destinations to visit in a 7-10 day period. One of the reasons Costa Rica is such an exciting country to visit is that it affords Millennnials the opportunity to see multiple locations and habitats on a single vacation.

10. Peru

Peru has to be the highest country on my bucket list for 2018, and I am intrigued by the history and culture, the unique cuisine and the breathtaking natural scenery.

Read on to discover why Peru is referred to as “the richest country in the world”, and prepare yourself for an unforgettable trip!

Hike the Inca Trail and Visit Machu Picchu-I know this may be a little obvious, but this tourist destination is popular for a reason. Considered by many as one of the most mysterious sites in the world, these ancient Inca ruins are fascinating and the views provided from the top are awe-inspiring. You can see why Machu Picchu was declared one of the New 7 Wonders of the World.

Explore the Floating Islands on Lake Titicaca-Discover the indigenous tribes of Peru known as the Uro People and learn more about their culture and way of life. Based on Lake Titicaca, one of South America’s largest lakes, they live on man-made floating islands made of reeds

Visit the Amazon Rainforest-The Amazon Rainforest is the world’s largest tropical rainforest and home to a staggering amount of unique flora and fauna species. The Amazon covers more than 60% of Peruvian territory, and there are numerous activities you can undertake inside the rainforest including a jungle walk, stand up paddle boarding, swimming with pink river dolphins and fishing for piranhas.