When it comes to travel, members of the Millennial generation are changing the way the industry thinks and operates. Our Valarie D'Elia filed the following report.
"If it’s not on Instagram, it didn’t happen, that’s what we say. If it’s not on Facebook, it didn’t happen. People want to see what you’re doing and people want to document that. So it’s about getting that attention," says Brittany Healey, a travel agent in training.
If seeking attention is one of the traits of young people born after 1980, then the Internet is their megaphone wherever they go.
"Constantly being connected to WiFi, when you go to a restaurant, what’s the WiFi password, so it’s just keeping your daily behavior, but just in another country," adds Healey.
Matthew Kepnes, a.k.a. Nomadic Matt, a popular 30-something blogger says Generation Y is redefining the travel landscape.
"Millennials are more likely to couch surf, do Airbnb, Rideshare and take really advantage of the sharing economy and the Internet to find budget opportunities that also give them access to local culture," he says.
Millennials try to make travel a priority no matter what their income.
"We still want the house, but we want to see the world, so we’ll set aside the house for a couple of years so that we can travel a little bit and we’ll put money toward that," says Onyx Roberts, of Global-Lipstick.com.
In New York City, the reach of millennials extends beyond Manhattan.
"They know that Queens especially has a lot of great artist studios, museums, Socrates Sculpture Park. And these are things they want to discover, really nitty gritty, New York City," says Jeffrey Reisch-Hale, a Long Island City hotelier.
The trick is for the rest of the travel industry to make a connection with this hyper connected age group.
"If you can get them out there and make them feel good about travel, environmentally or socially, you can really drive them to your destination," says Kepnes.