If you’re a regular reader then you saw last week’s post on how I managed to travel around the world while only paying $600, by booking hacker fares and finding the right deals at the right time. Another way I manage to cover some of my expenses is to use credit card rewards, often from Chase. One of the more recent cards of theirs that I’m taking a look at is the Marriott Rewards Credit Card as I stay in hostels less and less and hotels more and more. They recently asked me to think about what it is that motivates the travel decisions of myself and other millennials based on a survey they conducted on travel preferences among consumers 18-67 years of age who stay in a hotel at least five nights per year for business, pleasure or both. “Millennials,” by the way, are those who are aged 18-34 (phew! I edged in there by 5 years). They found that those in our age group are more likely to travel with a purpose to participate in volunteer activities or taking a charitable trip. This infographic sheds a bit more light:
Let’s examine each in a bit more detail:
1. Traveling to Volunteer
I recall sitting in a restaurant in Namibia with a fellow American girl when a local guy asked us what we were “there to save.” We looked at him, puzzled, and said we were doing no saving, but rather just there to have a good time and enjoy the great outdoors (point #2!). Although considering the rest of our 19-person group, 8 of them were bound for a big cat sanctuary where they’d be volunteering for a month following the Namibia part of the tour. I’ve never been a voluntourist and especially after reading The Problem with Little White Girls, haven’t prioritized volunteering on my trips at all. That said, I spend my money locally and even though this point may not pertain to me, it did for a lot of those I met while traveling through Southern Africa
2. Traveling to be active
This one matches me (and most of you) completely. We travel to hike, sleep in tents, jump off of bridges, climb things, and SCUBA dive. Even back when I was only able to travel for one week per year, I spent that week doing active things in beautiful places. According to Marriott Rewards Credit Card’s survey, that’s pretty typical of millennials, as 78% agreed they are more interested in thrilling vacations than lazy trips.
3. Traveling for nightlife
Vegas, Ibiza, or Koh Phangan, anybody? I’ve visited all three with the express purpose of seeking fun nightlife and still do frequent Las Vegas trips with my friends every summer when I return home. It’s the perfect vacation for us because we already know we’re going to have a built-in good time in a place we’re familiar with and understand well. We have a system, we know the drill, and it’s an easy meeting point for all of us coming from different parts of California. It was interesting for me to see that most others in my age group travel for the same reasons, though not entirely surprising since most people I meet on my travels are closer to my age range, and tend to like the same things that I do. It’s no coincidence, as it turns out.
Like earning points to put towards your next trip? Visit Marriott Rewards Credit Card from Chase, which lets travelers earn accelerated Marriott Rewards points on all purchases. What motivates your travels? Would you have answered with the masses if you’d been polled?