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The Millennial Movement – Changing the Face of Travel One Booking at a Time
Millennials. The love to hate age group known for their mostly contradictory behavior. The dichotomy between searching for instant-gratification through incessant need for change and the constant seeking of advice and guidance through any and all outlets seems to sum up where their heads are at. While many employers attribute these various “faults”, per-se, to a downfall in the workforce, the travel industry is only benefitting from them. Over the last few years, the travel and tourism industry has been on a steady upward trend, with millennials being a main driving factor for this growth. But what exactly is driving this new itch for adventure, and how can the travel industry keep up, continuing to curate and personalize trips that meet millennials’ needs?
The idea of swimming amongst penguins and hiking through lava beds during the same itinerary sounds disbelieving, yet on the Galapagos islands, this illusive concept can become a reality. Located off of Ecuador’s coast, these unique islands have become a sought-after travel destination for many reasons, particularly for its extensive views of remote and abundant beauty.
Although MSC Cruises is a part of the Mediterranean Shipping Company, their destinations are far from secluded to just this section of the world. With 12 ships currently and 2 more on the way just this year, the cruise line covers its fair share of Europe, extending down into the Caribbean and South America, and even reaching the most exotic of areas such as South Africa and Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sir Bani Yas. As a European Immersive experience, MSC offers much more to look forward to than just the destination ahead.
Perfectly rolled cigars, fresh mint muddled mojitos, and the chance to finally experience an untouched country like never before. Now that relations with Cuba have allowed for Americans to freely travel here, the country is booming with a newfound sensation: tourism. Many commercial airlines have been jetting off to this country, offering direct flights from all over the country. Cruise lines have gotten on board with this trend as well, providing many coveted packages to travel the 90 miles from Miami Beach. It seems as though every day the regulations for visiting become leaner, but with such ambiguity behind the constant changes, what do you really need to know before touching down in Havana?
It’s that time of the year again. The time when pumpkins and all fall decorations have been pushed to the side as everyone is now focused on one thing: the holiday season. Practically overnight, the neighborhoods twinkle with festive lights, the windows on Fifth Avenue sparkle, and Christmas trees are seen popping up all over the city. That magical feeling echoes throughout the streets, so it’s no wonder that New York City is a coveted place to be during this time. Book your travel now for the beauty alone, but while you’re there, don’t miss out on a few of the hidden holiday gems the city provides!
1. Go shopping in the Union Square Christmas market
No better place to get ahead on your holiday shopping than at the Union Square Christmas Market. Lined with stalls of local, hand-crafted goods, this pop up market holds any unique gift you’re looking for. Looking for a gift for mom? The take on classic household items runs endless. Looking for that one friend that is obsessed with his pet? Get him a pair of socks with his dog’s face on it. Regardless of the need, you can likely find it wandering the aisles of this Christmas market.
2. Go ice skating at Bryant Park
A little more uptown, the Christmas spirit turns up a notch. Take in the sounds of Christmas music as you skate around the rink in Bryant Park, and afterwards make sure to grab a bite to eat at one of the pop up food stalls. Warm up with crafted soup from Brodo Broth Shop, or a plate of pierogis from Veselka’s Borscht Bar.
3. Have a drink at Rolf’s
Sit underneath the twinkly lights of Rolf’s, a German restaurant that doubles as the highest electric bill in NYC. Located in the heart of Gramercy, this tavern is known for their extravagant Christmas decorations, mulled wine and, of course, the classic German schnitzel.
4. Spend the night admiring the Christmas lights in Dyker Heights
Didn’t get enough sensory overload at Rolf’s? Just out of Manhattan and in the borough of Brooklyn lives Dyker Heights, a neighborhood filled with more holiday festivity than your local department store. Illuminated homes line each block, each one outshining the next with their extravagant light display. Venture out of the city and stroll down these streets to get the most out of your holiday experience!