There is a perception that young people are more tuned into their tech than they are to the world around them. But the truth is: The Millennial generation loves adventure and travel more than they love their phones. Ask any young adult and they will tell you that exploring culture through travel is especially important in their lives — especially since we’re ‘settling down’ later than previous generations did. Interestingly, the wanderlust that pervades our demographic is not hindered by our love (and need) for technology; it’s enhanced.
Adventure is important to us Millennials, and the wireless technology available to us makes both our experiences and the memory and sharing of our experiences fun and accessible. Wearables, for example, track our movements through GPS, mapping our tours through unknown cities and making them available for later review. It’s these wireless gadgets, in fact, that make it possible to find that gelato place we stumbled upon and share it with our equally travel-enthusiastic friends. Our smartphones are fantastic travel resources. We use them to research and inform ourselves about the world. What’s more, wireless connectivity brings local maps and information directly to us — no overpriced paper guides required!
The shareability of adventure is also an important contributor to millennial travel bliss. There’s no need for a separate camera when our wireless devices are equipped with them. Plus, these multifunctional devices make it easy to go right from the aperture to the social media profile to show our friends what we see. Millennial travelers might seem to be more tuned into their tech than their destinations, but they’re most likely using it to find that little secret spot that will make their vacation one to remember. That phone in their hand is the difference between an ordinary vacation and an extraordinary one — and their vacation might even be better than yours because of it.