Traveling Between Millennials and the Older Generation
Here's what can we learn from different generations about traveling.
By Raphael Mones
June 30, 2016
During lunch one Sunday, I had an interesting conversation with my 60-year-old mom about traveling. It began when I asked her a hypothetical question: “If I were to take you on a vacation right now, where do you want to go?”
“Anywhere basta may beach.” She replied.
If I were to ask myself the same question, I would say Seoul. Tokyo is also another option or maybe even Paris. Siargao or El Nido were other options but I also considered Cebu City as well. But my mom’s broad answer piqued my curiosity.
“Why?” I probed. I was curious to know why we had differing answers. I wondered why I wanted to go to another megacity while she settled for anywhere as long as it has a beach. “It’s probably because I’m old,” was her reply. “I just want to relax, be pampered for a while. I don’t want to be bothered by all the noise of another city.”
More than generation gap
My mom is part of the Generation X or those who were born from the 60s to the mid-70s. When I posed the same question to my sister who, like me, is a millennial, we had almost the same answers. So I wondered: do our travel preferences vary because we’re from different generations?
In an article by Virtuoso.com, beach destinations are the top choices for those who belong to Gen X. Like my mom, they simply want time to relax because the bulk of their daily lives were spent providing for the family. If they’re not in their daily 9-to-5s, they’re more likely staying at home raising children. During their free time, they would rather kick their sandals off and sit comfortably on a sun lounger while watching the beach and enjoying a tall piña colada.
On the other hand, millennials consider themselves explorers rather than tourists according to an article from hipmunk.com. Research shows that millennials would go for cities over beaches and prefer to experience different cultures rather than just be a spectator. Millennials have an ever-growing bucket list of places to visit and of things to do. By traveling to cities locally or abroad, they get to hit two birds with one stone: they visit a new place while experiencing and learning about a whole new culture.
So basically, yes, age does cast an influence over the way we travel. In fact, while millennials prefer customizing their own trips, the older generations prefer the help of a travel agency. And while millennials prefer to spend less on hotels and book cheap flights in order to shell out more on experiences, the older generations don't necessarily worry about the price as long as the trip is comfortable, convenient, and hassle-free