Lonely Planet Writer

Generation Z is the most regretful of all ages about missed travel opportunities

Don’t put off booking that holiday you dream of or that road trip you’d like to take, as new research has revealed that 71% of global travellers have regrets over their missed travel opportunities. This seems to particularly apply to younger generations, as 82% of the 18 to 24-year-olds surveyed, or Generation Z, regret losing out on chances to travel.

82% of Generation Z have travel regrets: Klaus Vedfelt

The findings revealed that the biggest missed travel opportunities include not travelling more often (46%), not travelling more when younger (35%), not seeing more of the countries visited (29%), not going to more far-flung destinations (25%), not embarking on more adventurous travel (25%) and not going to more remote destinations (25%).

However, regrets are a lot higher amongst Generation Z with 35% of this age group regretting not being more adventurous and 29% regretting not going to more far-flung destinations. It’s also no surprise that 32% of group nicknamed the “selfie generation” found it upsetting when they failed to capture more photos to commemorate their trip, compared with only 23% for overall travellers.

29% of Generation Z travellers regret not going to more far-flung destinations. Image: Caiaimage/Tom Merton

Happily, despite their sense of regret, 53% of all travellers have overcome their worries about travelling to a new destination. These worries were around perceived barriers around language, expense, directions and safety in the unknown. Generation Z were found to be the most willing to face their travel anxieties head on, with 61% overcoming their concerns.

Travel can be transformative and life-enhancing for all generations, with 19% of travellers saying they found their purpose or passion in life when travelling, 17% overcoming a major fear and 15% learning a new language. For 55% of travellers, going on holiday has inspired significant life changes, rising to 71% of 18 to 24-year-olds.

Travel can be transformative and life-enhancing for all generations. Image by Jordan Siemens/Getty Images

Travelling can also be physically and mentally beneficial, with 46% of travellers saying it had a positive effect on their mental health, and inspiring 26% to improve their physical health. In addition, 17% of people have overcome a major fear and 15% learnt a new language. Travelling was found to deepen existing relationships and create new ones, with 30% of travellers becoming closer to their family and 27% making new long-lasting friendships while on holiday.

Accommodation website, Booking.com, conducted the research into the subject across 20,500 global travellers in collaboration with translation device ili. To receive your own ili device at a discounted rate and a limited edition Booking.com case visit here.