The way we travel has changed over the years. We used to travel in groups, with tour buses, and stay in downtown hotels. We used to only take short breaks, from a weekend to about two weeks. Month-long stays or more were unheard of unless you were retired.
Over the past decade though, a birth of affordable travel deals, budget airlines, and private accommodations came about. Millennial boss babes began to include and prioritize travel every year. In fact, according to Boston Globe, millennials took 44% more international trips than baby boomers. And by 2020, millennial travelers are expected to make 18% more trips.
Prioritizing local authentic experiences, millennial boss babes designs their own itineraries. They stay at Airbnb, homestays, or even couch surfs. This allows them to stay longer in one place, especially since most millennials work remotely. And they get their recommendations from their friends and social media now, instead of booking travel packages from agents.
At their destinations, millennial travelers flock to local gems where they get to immerse in the city’s culture and history. They stay where the locals stay, eat where the locals eat and work where the locals work. They use these experiences to influence how they work, think, and communicate with other people. Travel is a must in every person’s experience and it’s great how it has become more affordable and manageable than before.
As millennial boss babes, we’ve created a travel bucket list for millennials, which includes cities that have lots of history, culture, art, personality, and hidden gems to explore. Start booking your flights and homestays!
- Amsterdam, Netherlands
Amsterdam has always been a top destination for most travelers, including millennials. And whether it’s your first time or tenth time, there’s always something new you can do in every trip. Hop on the small ferry from the back of the Amsterdam Central Station to view Amsterdam from the water. Get off on the north side at Eye Film Museum and watch documentaries, or watch the ships pass by from the restaurant. And if you’re a fan of spicy Asian food, after feasting on local delicacies, sample Indonesian food at any of the Indonesia restaurants in Amsterdam. It’s definitely a local favorite.
- Berlin, Germany
Berlin, Germany tops the list for the millennial-friendly city in the world. It’s vibrant, full of culture, full of history, and full of beer. When traveling to Berlin, make it a point to visit the Berlin Wall. Lots of tourists will be around but it’s an important part of Berlin’s history that must be witnessed at least once. It’s also a great idea to rent a bike to go around the city, which is also the best way to discover creative graffiti and street art in Berlin. And be sure to sign up for those small tours where you explore parts of the city on foot or on vintage bikes.
- Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Filled with festivals, great food, great art, and life-loving residents, Montreal is a must on a millennial boss babe’s travel bucket list. It’s literally the place to go when you want to relax and escape from the city. Visit both Old Montreal and Downtown Montreal. Enjoy Bota Bota in Old Montreal, a floating spa where you can enjoy a Swedish massage. Or go the Darling Foundry in Downtown Montreal, a 3500 sq.m. visual arts venue. Try to schedule your visit when they offer special events because it doesn’t happen often. Visit the public markets of Montreal, where they feature produce from all over Quebec, specialty products from Montreal businesses and artists. And just like with Amsterdam and Berlin, rent a bike (they call it Bixi) and ride along Lachine Canal to get great views of the nature and industrial parts of Montreal meshed together.
- Austin, Texas
Austin, Texas has become one of the fastest-growing cities in the US. It’s both the “Live Music Capital of the World” and “Keep Austin Weird” at the same time. There’s definitely something from everyone, from cowboys to hipsters to omnivores to vegans. Watch the bat colony under the Congress Avenue Bridge. Add your own tag at the HOPE Outdoor Graffiti Gallery, the only place where it’s legal to create graffiti art before it gets torn down. If you love music, fly into Austin by March for the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival or October for the Austin City Limits Music Festival. Austin is also home to several museums, including the Blanton Museum of Art, Museum of the Weird, and the Cathedral of Junk in South Austin.
- Bali, Indonesia
If you’re looking for a place where you can connect with nature and still stay connected with the world, book a flight to Bali, Indonesia. There are a lot of places where you can stay in Bali but if you want to stay away from the majority of the tourists, then consider staying at Canggu, Ubud, or Legian. Book a sunrise climb to Mt. Batur. Visit a local farm and enroll in an Indonesian cooking class. Have a nice deep Balinese massage. Learn woodcarving or basic batik painting. There are so many things to do in Bali, you’ll definitely want to stay longer or come back more often.
What do you think of this bucket list? What is on your list? Would you like to add more cities that millennial boss babes should visit at least once in their lives? Share your list!