People love to travel.
Finnish people love to travel more than any others in the world, closely followed by Americans and Swedes. Tourists from European nations traveling abroad are on the rise due to their better standard of living. Moreover, they get more value out of their money outside than at their homeland where the standard of living is higher.
Stopover destinations during long haul flights used to be a wasted part of a journey. Starting in 2019, many airlines offer a low cost in lengthening your stop over time. Travelers can then do sightseeing at the stopover destination.
Most travelers book their flights and hotels in advance of 12 weeks. According to Google analytics in the 12 weeks leading to a trip, there are 3 times more experiences searches than hotel searches; 8 times more experiences searches than air searches.
Gen Alpha, referring to those born after 2010, is showing more signs of influencing family travel decisions and planning, according to Expedia Group Media Solutions. On average globally, travelers with Gen Alphas are taking more than 3 family trips per year.
Solo travel is the #1 trend for 2019, according to Klook. Solo travel, pop culture influence and the Fear of Missing Out (FOMO) effect are among the 6 driving factors in tourism for next year. China, in particular, is now seeing close to 60% of its millennial traveling abroad alone in 2018.
This is the age of mobile technology. All kind of information is available at our fingertips. According to Google Insights, over 50% of South Koreans and Japanese research, plan and book their trips on their smartphones. In India and China, the figure is more than three quarters!
The importance and benefits of traveling are learning about the different cultures, meeting new people from different backgrounds, understanding adventures, appreciating the natural beauty and the environment.
Meeting people from other cultures will teach you that the way you’ve been looking at the world isn’t the way everybody else does. Your point-of-view might have some major blind spots. You can’t imagine how different life is in another place until you see for yourself. Everything from work to family to beliefs to interests is not what you might expect from your own experience. The different settings will also help you discover and consider fresh ideas you hadn’t thought of before. If you are open and willing, travel will make you an incredibly more well-rounded human being.
Travel is full of moments of joy and challenges. It is the ideal way to test yourself by pushing your limits and getting you outside your comfort zone. You will discover how resourceful you are when you are in a new environment meeting new people and gaining new experiences. Maybe it’s finding your way around a busy city, or ordering a meal when you don’t speak the language. Overcoming the challenges gives you some of the greatest joys and confidence for life.
Life is too short not to go traveling! Don’t wait until you’re retired or until your kids are grown to travel the world. You will never regret crossing destinations off your bucket list, but you may be sorely disappointed if you put it off so long that you never get the chance to travel.
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