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According to The World Youth Student and Education Travel Confederation, “Millennials are projected to take 320 million international trips by 2020. This is a 47% increase from the 217 million trips they took in 2013.” Keep in mind that the Gen Y group generates more than $180 billion in travel revenue – resulting in a 30% growth since 2007.
But what’s driving Millennials to travel?
For starters, they’re the most online generation with easy access to social media, budget travel apps and tools, and forums and message boards. Millennials also gravitate toward hip companies, such as Airbnb, Couchsurfing, Home Away, and others.
Most importantly, they’re leaving their parents and grandparents 9-to-5 work regime to travel the world. Why? Because living longer, happier lives are important to Millennials.
With the option to work from home or having a flexible work schedule, Millennials can travel more. Plus, they’re starting their own businesses, most of which are online and tech based, resulting in more time and money for travel.
Keep reading to discover the top reasons why Millennials are choosing to travel over working the standard 9-to-5 job.
Top Reasons Why Millennials Are Choosing Travel Over a 9-to-5 Job
Research shows that two-thirds of millennials will leave their current organization by 2020. Some will leave within the next year. But why are they quitting their jobs? The following top reasons will shed some light why Millennials choose to travel over working 9-to-5 jobs.
More Opportunities Than Parents
Millennials have more career opportunities compared to their parents and grandparents. Thanks to the internet, many work from home as freelancers, creating their own schedules and rules. If they want to take off for 3-6 months, they can. All they have to do is inform their clients that they’ll be traveling for a few months. And if they really wanted to, Millennials could work while they travel because most hotels, cafés, restaurants, etc. offer free WiFi.
Lack of Opportunities at Companies
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Millennials believe that most companies don’t provide them with opportunities to develop their leadership skills. This is according to the fifth annual Global Millennials survey found on Bloomberg – Deloitte surveyed 7,700 working college-educated professionals in 29 countries. If Millennials are disengaged and believe they won’t move up within their company, they’ll quit. While this seems extreme, keep in mind that Millennials don’t like asking their managers or supervisors for time off to explore the world. However, if they can find jobs within companies where taking leaves and vacations are encouraged, and their leadership skills strengthened, they may consider such opportunities.
Prefer Quality of Life
Most Millennials don’t prefer to spend their lives behind a desk in a 9-to-5 job. They want a life beyond the cubicle and desk. Plus, the old adage of retiring from a company after working 30 years is outdated. Millennials want to do and explore more and live life to the fullest. They like to get out of their comfort zones and embrace change. Travel may not be about staying at a luxury hotel or getting a massage; it’s about traveling to new destinations, meeting new people, learning about different cultures, and discovering the unexplored.
Are You a Millennial Choosing Quality of Life Over a Corporate Job?
Are you a Millennial who’s choosing travel and quality of life over a corporate job?
Imagine all of the immersive, cultural experiences you can have. From immersing yourself in an African safari where you get up close and personal with lions, elephants, and giraffes to surfing the waters in Costa Rica and hiking through the forests, you get to create a travel itinerary that takes you around the world and back again.
Keep in mind that you could make a living as a travel blogger because of the internet and social media. Gain thousands of followers and you may write for a popular travel blog or magazine. You may even write a book that will help other Millennials transition from working 9-to-5 jobs to traveling and making a living from it.
Seem impossible? It’s not!
And if you’ve been thinking about leaving your current job for a career that offers flexibility and travel opportunities, consider becoming a home-based travel agent. Travel on!