To some, this may be an odd question; however, it is a question that has various answers depending who you ask. The traditional plan for world travel would involve waiting for retirement. Unfortunately, many millennials are not buying the idea that their current appetite for adventure could be satisfied in their golden years. It could be that they have heard their parents and grandparents day dreaming about beach resorts over their tiresome working years, only to discover they still aren’t fulfilling their lifelong dreams.
The travel industry have their cash cow clientele, whether it is the rowdy college spring break crowds, or the empty nesters, or even individuals with an active lifestyle; however, advertisements seem to limit their efforts on enticing individuals in the mid-30s to mid-50s age bracket. Sure, there are week long vacation advertisements that include cruise line promotions, beach resorts, and the odd bachelor/bachelorette travel combos, and Vegas is always enticing to anyone of legal age, yet there appears to be a segment that is growing that is completely being ignored.
Considering the recent trends regarding the financial priorities of millennials, many individuals are shying away from starting a family, and laying anchor by purchasing real estate. We have seen hoards of individuals trying to replicate their parent(s)/grandparents’ generation, only to fall short and become a member of the new boomerang generation. Then there are others who have pursued maximizing their work/lifestyle balance by living closer to work, which is less time commuting and more time to focus on their social activities. Finally, there are far less individuals working the same job from graduation to retirement, which opens the door for sabbaticals/mini-retirements between employers.
If an individual doesn’t plan on getting married and/or having kids, is it really selfish for someone to take an extended leave to travel in an attempt to items off their bucket list?
Millennials and Babyboomers, for the most part, do not see eye to eye on life priorities; unfortunately, it has become the expectations of millennials that has led many individuals to jump into a watered down higher education system without proper planning. Some may be fortunate to secure employment right away. Unfortunately, many others have entered job markets that have minimal growth; with crappy pay setting up future generations into perpetual indentured servitude. If one could go back in time to change their education/career path, how many do you think would go in a completely direction?
A selfless traveler is one that is free to go travel with no obligations waiting for them at home. By obligations, I am not referring to an employer, as for many employers might not be long-term or permanent, rather it could be moral/social obligations to stay local. This can be a slippery slope if emotions are involved in the decision process. One should not feel obligated when there aren’t any real obligations. To those who keep going to a job they hate, while pondering often where their life is heading, a long-term vacation may be the solution you have been looking for. To those who are in debt, setting a goal to go on an adventure could change your perspective and motivate you to get out of the hole and start living your life again.
See you at the airport!