Rites of passage: Skyscanner reports young Aussies' heightened interest in travelling

Have you ever wondered why your grandchildren always seem on the go?

In an age where experiences often trump material possessions, it's no surprise that the allure of travel is stronger than ever, especially among the younger generation.

According to a recent report by Skyscanner, about 53 per cent of younger Australians choose to travel over other life experiences, signalling a shift in their priorities and spending habits.

The report, which surveyed 1,000 Australians aged 18 to 25, offered a fascinating glimpse into this age group's travel habits and preferences.

The wanderlust bug appears to bite early, with many young adults viewing their first independent trip as a rite of passage.

More than half have embarked on such an adventure before turning 21, and at least one in three plan to do so soon.

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Australians between 18 and 25 prioritise travelling to explore and experience new things. Image Credits: Pexels/Malte Luk, Tranmautritam

For many of these young explorers, their first solo voyage is more than just a holiday; it's a defining moment.

Skyscanner Travel Expert Jarrod Kris noted that inaugural trips often coincide with significant life events and a time of independence and self-discovery.

Skyscanner's report aimed to understand and support these young travellers by providing them with the tools and resources to plan effectively and snag the best travel deals.

The report also sheds light on the gender dynamics of travel within this demographic.

Young Aussie women are leading the charge, with 62 per cent of them have travelled or planning to travel overseas, compared to 56 per cent of their male counterparts.

Interestingly, 35 per cent of these young women took their first independent trip before they were 18. In comparison, only 27 per cent of males under 18 have travelled without a parent or guardian.

Surprisingly, only 20 per cent of young Aussies were influenced by movies and social media when it came to travel decisions.

Instead, they turn to more traditional sources of advice—about 60 per cent of these young travellers consult their parents or guardians for travel tips.

Looking to the future, about 58 per cent of the surveyed group considered travelling as a way to work interstate or overseas for a period.

This trend reflects a broader desire among young people to explore the world as tourists, potential residents, and employees.

Nearly 40 per cent of these travellers use their first trip abroad to scout future living and working destinations.

When funding these adventures, younger Aussies showed a strong sense of financial independence.

Almost 70 per cent of travellers use their savings to finance their first trip overseas, while the remaining 26 per cent rely on their parents' money.

This Skyscanner report highlighted young Australians' priorities and the importance of travelling to gain experience.

The opportunity to explore new cultures, landscapes, and ways of life is an invaluable investment in one's personal growth.

For seasoned travellers, this trend may inspire plans to travel with your grandchildren and share the joy of discovery across generations.

For those young at heart and eager to embark on new journeys, remember that it's never too late to explore the world.

Key Takeaways

  • A Skyscanner report indicated that 53 per cent of Gen Z Aussies made travelling a priority.
  • The report surveyed 1,000 young Australians aged between 18 and 25, many of whom made their first independent trips before age 21.
  • The report allowed Skyscanner to provide resources to help young travellers make their travel plans more affordable.
  • The survey revealed that young Australian women are more likely to travel. Most young Aussies relied on personal savings to fund their trips. At the same time, a significant portion travelled to explore opportunities for living and working interstate or overseas.
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