Why Millennials Prefer Traveling to Unconventional Destinations

Travel is one of the best ways to retreat from a busy life and destress. It can help you unwind mentally and physically. Some of the benefits of leisure travel include mood improvement, improved physical wellness and better cognitive function from mind stimulation.

Particularly for Millennials, travel has become an essential task in order to maintain a healthy, well-balanced life. “Studies indicate that millennials advocate strongly for work-life balance, and have few qualms about leaving jobs that don’t meet their expectations. A 2012 Net Impact survey found that young workers are more concerned with finding happiness and fulfillment at the office than workers of past generations,” said The Atlantic.

Here are 4 reasons why Millennials prefer traveling to unconventional destinations:

1. The opportunity to explore different cultures

In 2015, travelers preferred to explore destinations that offer cultural and natural attractions. There was a drop in beach destinations and an increase in travel to Europe, Asia and Central and South America.

According to MasterCard’s 2015 Global Destination Cities Index, most of the Top 10 Visited Cities are in Asia. Though business trips are also a factor in this, there’s definitely an appeal of Asian cultures in the West. Exploring cultures that are different from what were accustomed to can be quite fulfilling. Discovering new food, arts and culture can be exciting. It is also helps you make friends and expand your social circle.

2. They’re more appealing on social media

Let’s be honest… we all want to impress our friends and family on social media. In a digital age where everyone wants to share exciting aspects of their life over the Internet, it can be hard not to get caught up in that. Unconventional destinations tend to be more visually appealing and yield stronger reactions from others. Some of the most appealing aspects of shared vacation content include hotels, vacation activities, landmarks and attractions and restaurants.

3. Foreign destinations can improve our professional skills

While learning about other cultures through leisure travel can provide personal fulfillment, it can also improve one’s business savvy. Understanding other cultures is an advantage in an age when business is more globalized than ever. It can also help you discover personal interests and apply them to academic studies. For example, Elizabeth Harper discovered her career interests while backpacking in Southeast Asia. “Traveling gave her time to read for pleasure, and she ended up leafing through books passed around in hostels about atrocities that had occurred in the countries she was visiting. She eventually graduated with a master’s degree in international human-rights law and has since worked on human-rights issues for the United Nations and the International Commission of Jurists,” said The Atlantic.

4. They can be more economical

When there’s an influx of tourists in a destination, there’s bound to be tourist traps, including over-priced hotels, restaurants and souvenirs; as such, unconventional locations can also be more economical. Not being confined to purchasing an all-inclusive package allows travelers to personalize their options – and often save a great deal of money while doing it.

Though being at a resort can be relaxing, there are definitely more benefits to traveling someplace a bit more unconventional. It gives you the opportunity for self-development and to share your unique experiences with others.

Can you think of any other benefits that we didn’t mention? Where is your favorite off-the-grid travel destination?

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