Millennials make, on average, $35,592 per year. While we’re still better off than most of the world, it’s safe to assume we’re not staying at the Hilton and yachting around the French Riviera every month. Craving adventure and being able to explore new countries isn’t something that’s new to our generation; it’s a necessity, even over buying a new car or saving up for a home. Of more than 83 million millennials in the U.S., 100% say they have traveled in the past year. Let me say that again: one hundred percent. The statistics are insane, but yet, we’re still struggling to travel more.
I’m not going to lie, sometimes it’s a battle inside. For me, I used to wonder if maybe I was being too greedy. I would think, “Two countries a year? Is that too much? Shouldn’t I feel a little guilty spending that money?” But we shouldn’t feel guilty for making traveling a priority. Most of us want to travel more. So, if you feel like you’re all set and you’re satisfied with where you’ve been able to travel to so far, then move along. This ain’t for you. But, if you want to learn how to travel more as a millennial, then you’re reading the right editorial. Here are the top 3 things millennials can do to travel more.
Deals Deals Deals
I cannot stress enough how important is to find good deals. As millennials, we’re constantly on our phones using social media or checking our imploding inboxes. What’s another email to us, really?
Use Google Flights (it’s the best one I’ve found) to create flight notifications that get sent straight to your email. That way you’re notified when prices drop on flights to a specific destination. Do this early in your planning too. I will create notifications almost a year out to keep track of prices. This is how I was able to score a $430 flight to Iceland during the best month to visit ($400 saved) and a $900 flight to Greece during the height of the summer tourist season ($500 saved). With a total of $900 saved, I can buy two tickets to Cuba right now. Perspective!
Get Rid of Your Takeout Apps
This one hits hard, I know. Grub Hub, UberEats, Postmates, I have them all (which I am totally embarrassed to admit). We millennials love our takeout that we can order straight from our phones. But just think of all the money you spend by ordering through these apps. Heck, think about all those delivery fees and minimums; a thought that’s really guaranteed to make you sick to your stomach.
You can save a ton of money by ditching these apps and eating food at home. In fact, a lot of millennials are already on board with this. In a survey from Topdeck, 60% of millennials say they would sacrifice delivery and takeout food to save up for a trip. So I am not totally crazy you guys! Delete your takeout apps and filter that money into your travel piggy bank.
Get a Side Hustle
I know, the notion of the ‘side hustle’ is getting a little out of control now, so call it what you will. But, if you have a talent, don’t let it go to waste! According to the New York Post, one in two millennials (that’s 50% of millennials for those of you who hate to math) have a side hustle. That’s insane!
You don’t have to work weekends or work yourself to the bone, but freelancing by using the skills you’re already good at is a no-brainer. To find work, try searching around on Facebook for groups that fit your clientele. Request to join those groups and then when someone is asking for advice or help with services, that’s your cue to insert yourself. It’s so easy to find work in Facebook Groups!
Will these three things get you officially ready for the French Riviera? Eh, probably a little too intense, but I like the ambition. However, these three things will certainly get you ready to take multiple trips to Europe every year; every millennial’s dream.