Forget about privilege, social media narcissism and avocado toast: if there’s one thing true about millennials, it’s that they *love* to travel. Ever since this generation came into the spotlight of brands, companies and the travel industry in general, the game has changed.
Millennials are no longer looking purely for relaxation-mode vacations; their preferences are more diversified and can be boiled down to the fact that most millennials are seeking “authentic” experiences. This implies a shift from hotels to private accommodation arrangements and hostels, socializing with locals and different sightseeing habits.
In this article, we present some of the most popular travel destinations that will be a hit among millennials in 2020:
1. Rome, Italy
The Eternal City is also eternally a popular travel destination, especially for millennials, who enjoy the city’s versatile offer of history, heritage, entertainment and fun. It’s also a great starting point for travelling all over Italy because it’s very well connected to other parts of the country.
2. Lake Tahoe, California
If you’re looking for a real connection with nature and a true detox from our digital environment, Lake Tahoe is one of the most amazing places you can pick. If you’re an outdoorsy person, you’ll enjoy this destination whenever you visit it, because it has ample activities prepared for every season.
3. Valencia, Spain
When it comes to tourism in Spain, there’s much less burden on Barcelona and Madrid amid the rising popularity of other destinations. When it comes to millennial travel preferences, one of the main choices is Valencia.
The city is very young and vibrant and provides a myriad of entertainment options; from shows, exhibitions and movies to nightlife and parties.
4. Whistler, BC, Canada
Whistler is the go-to winter destination for many travellers in the surrounding area, as well as from around the world. With a drive just over 1 hour from Vancouver, it’s very easy to connect these two destinations into one vacation. If you’re looking for an active, adrenaline-filled holiday, Whistler can offer you skiing, snowboarding, hiking, zip lining and much more.
5. Dubrovnik, Croatia
This breathtaking little medieval city on the South of Croatian shore is constantly packed with tourists, and for a very good reason. This is where Game of Thrones was filmed, and we all know how much millennials are obsessed with binging GoT.
However, this is not the only reason tourists find Dubrovnik so charming: it’s incredibly full of historical legends, very picturesque and Instagram-friendly. It’s like visiting a real-life fairytale!
6. Bali, Indonesia
“Many people think that Bali is very high-end and only caters to those with big budgets. While this may be the case for fancy resorts and 5-star hotels, there is also another side of Bali, which is much more accessible for travellers with lower budgets”, says Melissa Charlson, a travel blogger at Trust My Paper.
7. New York, USA
New York speaks for itself – being there is simply an indescribable experience that every millennial dreams of their entire life.
“It sounds like a cliché, but there’s a very good reason why New York is at the top of the bucket list for most millennials. Simply put – there’s no place like it anywhere in the world!”, says Catherine Harrington, a travel writer at Studicus.
8. Dublin, Ireland
With the arrival of major tech companies, Dublin has become a host for hundreds of thousands of young expats from all around the world, giving the city an incredible cosmopolitan vibe. As a tourist, you will barely feel out of place, because many of the people you will come across on the street are actually not locals – just Dublin lovers which you are guaranteed to become after you experience it!
9. Seattle, USA
Seattle has quickly risen to be one of the most attractive destinations in the US. Due to the tech revolution that was sparked in the city, the area is full of young, talented professionals that create an energetic and vibrant atmosphere. Seattle is also known for its yummy foodie scene, so you will always have new spots to discover even if you stay for a while.
10. Saint Petersburg, Russia
This charming city is the essence of Russia, where you can experience the romantic atmosphere of older times and re-enact your favourite Russian novels! Many visitors claim that it’s much more enjoyable than Moscow, which can be quite overwhelming and hectic due to its size. Why not visit both and judge for yourself?
11. Dubai, UAE
Dubai is the city of the future, which is why many millennials feel attracted to its amazing vibe and energy. In just a couple of decades, Dubai has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, with the offers to match. It also hosts many international it-people every year: from actors, models and musicians to artists and celebrities.
12. Grand Canyon, USA
Grand Canyon should be at the top of anyone’s bucket list, especially adventurous millennials who are looking to see the magic forces of nature in an amazing display.
13. Tenerife, Spain
Tenerife is the largest among Spain’s Canary Islands in the Atlantic. If you’re looking to have an unforgettable holiday at the sea, go to Tenerife, where you will find thousands of fellow millennials taking a breather from their everyday lives.
14. Tuscany, Italy
There is really a small number of places in the world that can compare to the magic of Tuscany. This region attracts visitors of all ages and preferences, but millennial couples love it for its romantic vibe and breathtaking landscapes.
For those who are looking for a different kind of holiday, there’s always Cuba. This is an entirely special and unique island that really can’t be compared to any other destinations in the world. It’s also world-famous for its hospitable culture – the natives will greet you with arms open wide!
16. Koh Samui, Thailand
Koh Samui is a true depiction of heavenly perfection. If someone asked you to imagine a perfect beach island, you would probably picture something like Koh Samui. The great thing about Thailand is that you can also visit the surrounding islands and cities thanks to great connections.
17. Kiev, Ukraine
Ukraine’s capital Kyiv has been under the radar for years, but it’s slowly getting on the map as thrilled millennials travellers come back from the city with raving reviews, experiences and photos. It’s incredibly affordable and definitely the most budget-friendly destination on this list.
18. Maui, Hawaii
There’s a very good reason why the island of Maui attracts more than 2.7 million tourists every year, a lot of them millennials looking for an exotic, unforgettable vacation. The only downside to this destination is that it’s going to be impossibly hard for you to go back to your everyday life!
19. Crete, Greece
Remember the myth about the Minotaur and the labyrinth? Well, this is where it all happened! (Well, kind of.) If you’re a fan of Greek mythology, you’ll be absolutely thrilled with the legends and stories this majestic island has!
20. Vancouver, Canada
Vancouver is the biggest city in Western Canada with over 2 million people residing in its metropolitan area. What’s especially interesting about the city’s population structure is that the majority of citizens (52%) are non-native English speakers. Vancouver has a huge influx of international workers and travellers, which always has a positive impact on the city multicultural vibe!
Whichever of these destinations you choose, you cannot go wrong: they are all amazing, out-of-this-world spots that will provide you with experiences that you will never forget!