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How Millennials Travel Habits have Changed Over the Years

  • Written by Emma Nelson

While young Australians would once hop on a plane to Bali for a cheap getaway, or even stay on their own territory and travel for miles to reach the hip Bondi Beach, Tucan Travel have seen a rise in under 35's eager to experience exciting and far flung destinations.

This trend will surely shape the way future generations travel, as it becomes more accessible than ever and apps are making the process of booking faster than you can say “Hello Peru!” Studies also show this age range would rather spend money on experiences rather than material items. As a millennial would say - “Why waste money on Prada when you could roadtrip to Nevada?”  

Tucan Travel have been welcoming adventure travellers for over 30 years, and have recently seen a sharp incline in under 35's booking destinations that offer once in a lifetime experiences. Hiking the Inca Trail in Peru, swimming with manatees in Belize, trekking with Gorillas in Uganda or seeing the Taj Mahal at sunrise - they are all now must sees that push the likes of all inclusive party holidays into the shadows. In 2018 around 60% of Tucan Travel customers were under the age of 35, and going into the New Year Tucan Travel continue to see this age group seeking exciting experiences that will top the last.

With the rise of online sharing platforms such as Instagram, Millennials have access to the world that previous generations simply didn't have. All it takes is one stunning shot of a remote lagoon in Thailand to make a millennial hop on skyscanner. Similarly, one simple image of plastic floating on the shores of Bali is also enough for reusable coffee cups to go flying off the shelves. Statistics show millennials are the age group most likely to change their habits for the benefit of the planet. While a resort beach holiday, complete with unlimited cocktails, might have been the ultimate getaway for the 18 - 30 age group 10 years ago, young people are now much more concerned with having an authentic and responsible experience while giving back to the communities they visit.

CEO Matt Gannan, from Rockhampton, was quoted “We have been running adventure tours for over 30 years, and the change in trends I have seen over this time is incredible. We have never been the type of operator to offer all inclusive party holidays, we live and breath adventure just like our clients, who would rather explore ruins in Peru than drink the night away in Ibiza. It's exciting that we have seen a sharp rise in the younger generation booking adventure holidays”

Below are some of the most popular Tucan Travel group tours among the millennial age group:

Classic Colombia / 14 Days . From AU$1595 plus local payment of USD 240 / Bogota to Cartagena

What's included: 12 nights in hotel, 1 night in eco jungle lodge, 2 internal flights, 12 breakfasts, 1 dinner, entrance to Zapiquira Salt Cathedral, visit Tatacoa Desert, guided tour of San Agustin Archaeological park, Tayrona National Park, visit to Taironaka Archeological ruins, Tucan Travel tour leader and/or local guides.

Vietnam Experience / 15 Days / From AU$1273 plus local payment of USD 140 / Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City

What's included: 11 nights hotel, 1 night junk boat, 1 homestay, 1 overnight train, 2 internal flights, 13 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners, Halong Bay overnight excursion, Ho Chi Minh City Tour, Hanoi half day walking tour, Vietnamese Water Puppet Theatre, visit to Marble Mountain, Mekong Delta overnight excursion, Tucan Travel tour leader.   

Safari and Beach / 13 Days / From AU$2701 plus local payment of USD 940 / Nairobi to Stone Town

What's included: 8 nights hotel, 2 nights tented camp, 2 night lodges, travel by overland truck and 1 internal flight, 12 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 4 dinners, game drive in the Masai Mara, game drive in the Serengeti, Zanzibar spice tour and lunch, Masai village visit, game drive in the Ngorongoro Crater, visit David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, 4 day Zanzibar island excursion.

Inca Trail and Jungle / 12 Days / From AU$2014 plus local payment of USD 250 / Lima to Lima

What's included: 6 nights hotel, 2 nights camping, 2 nights jungle lodge, 11 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners, guided tour of the Sacred Valley, two night Amazon Jungle excursion, Inca Trail Trek, guided tour of Machu Picchu, Tucan Travel tour leader and/or local guides.

Tucan Travel have been operating since 1987. They have tours in Latin America, Africa, Asia, Europe and Antarctica and offices in London, Toronto, Sydney and Peru. They are known for their extremely competitive prices and fantastic adventures around the world. They have won and been nominated for numerous awards in their time, including South America's Leading Tour Operator in the World Travel Awards 2017 and as South America's Leading Green Tour Operator in the World Travel Awards 2018. Tucan Travel were also delighted to pick up 5 awards at the British Travel Awards 2018.

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