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Gen Z are desperate to travel abroad again – but millennials don’t care

According to a new survey, financial concerns are the main factor holding us all back from booking

Sophie Dickinson
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Sophie Dickinson

Is your sense of wanderlust slowly returning? The answer might depend on your age. New research has mapped out this year’s travel trends – and perhaps unsurprisingly, they differ markedly for Gen X, millennials and Gen Z.

Almost all respondents in the survey by booking platform GetYourGuide were more excited about expanding travel options than other lockdown-lifting measures – so it seems likely that countries with reopened borders will be seeing tourists again soon. 

Gen Z are apparently the most keen to start booking flights, with more than half of respondents saying they are looking to travel abroad. Only 35 percent of millennials were eager to travel internationally, with Gen X even less up for leaving their country: only around a fifth want to get away. 

Gen X, in fact, was by far the most cautious group. A third haven’t travelled to any other city in more than a year, according to the research, whereas the majority of people in the other groups have already been for a day trip.

The survey was US-based, with domestic travellers apparently most likely to head to New York, Miami, Los Angeles, San Diego and San Juan. For those travelling overseas, Paris, Dubai and Greek islands were top of the list. 

It seems like the lingering effect of the pandemic – apart from the general sense of doom – has been financial. Every group cited money as the key issue holding them back from heading on their hols. 

So, have you dusted off your suitcases already? Either way, with hefty test fees and accommodation prices soaring, it seems you better start saving up for that vacay now.

Want to know where travellers are currently booking? These are the most popular travel destinations in 2021 so far.

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