Have you seen the inspirational quote “Collect memories, not things“? Well, it turns out that the majority of new high school and college graduates, part of the Generation Z or Post-Millennial generation, believe that experiences – the art of collecting memories – are the most important thing in life. So if you’re looking for the perfect gift for the 18-30 year old graduate in your life, think about giving them the gift of travel through Contiki.
6 Reasons to Give the Gift of Travel with Contiki
1. Reliability + Security
Contiki has been in the youth group tour business since 1962. (Perhaps you may have taken a Contiki tour of Europe in your day too?) They are leaders in offering life-changing travel experiences for 18-35 year olds. Contiki is about discovery, once- in-a-lifetime moments, human connections, and making every second of being young count. The company runs over 300 trips in 50 plus countries around the world. Each trip is designed to get to the authentic heart of a destination, understanding the local way of life, and unearthing a #NOREGRETS experiences. Whether the travel gift is for island hopping in Thailand or discovering the delights of gelato and cappuccino in Rome, there’s comfort in knowing the trip comes with a level of organization and security in a reputable operator.
2. Adventures to suit every type of traveller
No matter what type of Gen Z traveller you have, there’s a Contiki tour to suit his/her needs. For the fast-paced A-types, selfie-snapping dudes, festival-goers, or the introspective, curious types who want to go at their own pace, tour choices reflect the ways in which your special traveller wants to discover the world. And Gen Z is up for adventure. Many of their destination choices – Japan, Central Europe and Russia – differ from previous generations. They reflect a more open attitude to travel and discovery of different cultures and countries. These young people see the value of a destination over the potential barriers of any said location.
3. Post-Millennials value experiences and memories more than material possessions
The post-millennial generation (born 1996-2010), is socially connected, culturally aware and globally-conscious. A whopping 96% of Canadian Gen Z respondents surveyed by Contiki agree that experiences are the most important thing in life. Gen Z has an appetite for travel experiences that are authentic, immersive and educational over the traditional ‘fly and do nothing at all’ vacation of days gone by. They want to see, feel, touch and taste the world for themselves, and yes, snap and gram their way through those experiences too.
4. Gen Z would rather travel after school than go straight to University
Post-millennials aren’t in a rush to check-off life’s obligatory checklists. They want time to discover themselves and the world around them. Contiki’s research showed that almost a third of Gen Z would rather travel after finishing high school than go straight to post secondary education. Contiki’s bevy of trip offerings make a first foray into international travel an easy choice. All tours include free wifi (duh), breakfasts, line-skipping entrance to all the top sites, and the chance to hang with like-minded curious young minds.
5. They travel to meet new friends and find love
Yes, these informed, culturally conscious global citizens also want to meet new friends and new loves while travelling. While Gen Z are more culturally and globally aware, and want to learn about the world when travelling, they’re also normal young people who want to make new friends, have fun, and potentially find their soul mates.
6. Gen Z travels to learn about the world around them
Gen Z knows of a world beyond their own backyard. They’ve seen it through their social connection and global consciousness. And they want to know more about that world. Of the statement ‘I travel to learn about other cultures’, 65% of Gen Z respondents were in agreement. Today’s youth see travel experiences as an opportunity to learn new skills and about new cultures. And you can help give them those opportunities.
Special Booking Code for Travelling Mom Readers
I’m delighted to make it easier for you to give the gift of travel to your child or grandchild. Check out the variety of trips and adventures available on the Contiki website. When you’re ready to book, use the PROMO CODE ‘PPCCLAUDIA‘ to get $150 off the trip!
The Fine Print
• Discount of $150 off per person on any Contiki trip 7 days or longer
• Gook your trip via www.contiki.com. Choose the tour and departure date you’d like, and in the first booking form enter your code in the ‘Add promo code’ box. (Code: PPCCLAUDIA) Click ‘Add’.
• You can also call in the reservations line at 1-800-268-1835 and quote the promo code over the phone.
• The code is not combinable with other offers or last minute deals in market but it is combinable with brochure discounts.
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Disclosure: The Travelling Mom thanks Contiki Tours for its sponsorship of this post.
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