The 24 Places Millennials & Gen Z Want To Travel Most

Millennial research, Millennial insight, Millennial marketing, Gen Z research, Gen Z marketing, Gen Z insight, youth research, youth marketing

We asked 1000 13-34-year-olds to tell us where they would go if they could go anywhere in the world…

Everything from hotel lobbies to cruise ships are getting the Millennial treatment these days, because the generation known for their wanderlust is continuing to make travel a priority. We’ve detailed how the travel industry is updating to keep up with young consumers’ preferences, noting a recent study by Airbnb that revealed that 56% of 18-35-year-olds from the U.S. are spending more on travel this year than last, and placed getting away above purchasing a home in their list of priorities. Another survey revealed that 18-35-year-olds would rather spend on travel than life insurance. Our holiday wishlist roundup found travel was the second most-desired gift among 13-34-year-olds, after money.

But while they’re continuing to prioritize travel, they’re not following all the assumptions about their travel behavior. G Adventures, which plans trips targeted at Millennials, says the group isn’t as frugal as one may believe when travelling: “we find that the typical Millennial traveling on a group tour with G Adventures spends, on average, $2,600 per person before flights, and chooses trips that are 8 to 10 days in length.” They also say young travelers aren’t as interested in partying or staying connected to WiFi as they are in fully immersing themselves in local culture.

In our recent survey keeping tabs on the travel preferences of young consumers, we asked Millennials and Gen Z, “If you could take a trip anywhere in the world, where would you go?”* Here are the 24 destinations that received the most mentions:

*This was an open-end response questions to allow us to capture the full range of places that 13-34-year-olds would like to travel—without our preconceived ideas shaping their…

 
 

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The Newsfeed

“I love watching movies and shows uninterrupted.”—Female, 18, CO

Mattel just made the first hijab-wearing Barbie. She’s based on Ibtihaj Muhammad, who won the Olympic bronze medal for fencing for the U.S. while wearing a hijab. Brands are bringing diversity to the toy aisle to appease The Diversity Tipping Point generation’s appetite for inclusion, and this new doll is a step in the right direction. She gives girls a new role model and (in Muhammad’s words) encourages them "to embrace what makes them unique." Mattel has plans to create an entire line of Barbies based on inspirational women next year. (BBC)

Another ‘90s classic, Are You Afraid of the Dark, is coming to the big screen and revisiting Millennials’ childhood nightmares. Nostalgia entertainment is big business for the entertainment industry, who are hoping to capitalize on Millennials and Gen Z’s trademark wistfulness, and it doesn’t hurt that this screenplay for the remake is being written by It’s screenwriter. With horror proving it can bring in massive audiences these days, this mixture of dark content and nostalgia is a good bet to get them in theaters. (Collider)

Millennials are causing a “baby bust”—they aren’t having enough kids to keep the U.S. population at the “replacement level.” According to the Negative Population Growth Inc., the birth rate has dropped below the death rate, with women are having an average of just 1.8 births compared to the 2.1 needed to keep the population steady. The research blames all Millennials for the drop, reporting that “irth rates for all age groups of women under 30 fell to record lows in 2016.” (Washington Examiner)

Kellogg’s is coming back to NYC, with a bigger (and maybe better) cereal café than last year’s Times Square popup. The 5,000 square foot Union Square space will be a permanent place for Millennials to try crafty concoctions from Kellogg’s, who hopes getting the demo to rethink the product will keep Millennials from “killing” cereal as we know it. The company claims “It’ll be a destination for foodies and people to chill, create and explore the endless possibilities of cereal all in one place, whether it be for breakfast, lunch or a snack later in the day.” (CSA)

People are binging Netflix in public—at work, in line, and even on the toilet. A new study from Netflix found that 67% of viewers have watched a show or movie in public, 37% admit to tuning in at work, and 12% have pressed play in a public restroom. One in five have cried during a public streaming session, and 11% have seen a spoiler on another public streamer’s screen—but that’s not stopping them. The Binge Effect is real and bigger than ever: 60% of respondents said they binge more content than they did last year. (MashableMarkets Insider)

“I really enjoyed Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul does a really good job capturing the same intensity and intrigue that the original series did…”—Male, 28, NY

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