‘Bucket List’ destinations that resonate with your generation
With travel restrictions beginning to ease and 68% of Indian travelers stating that not being able to travel extensively last year has made them yearn for travel even more in 2021, Booking.com brings to you the types of trips that different generations can’t wait to go on. Wanderlust has no age limit and the appetite for travel is strong across each generation - whether it be a city trip, beach break, sustainable trip or solo travel. With its mission to make it easier for everyone to experience the world, Booking.com shares a list of destinations waiting to be explored by different generations, as and when it’s safe to do so!
Jaipur, Rajasthan: Baby Boomers (born between 1946-1964)
Why will they love it? According to recent Booking.com research, one third (33%)* Baby Boomers globally revealed they had their sights on a city trip as a first trip once all travel restrictions have eased. For an unforgettable getaway, Jaipur is waiting to impress the Baby Boomers. Not surprisingly, Jaipur is ranked amongst the top 10 most recommended destinations for city walk by Indian travellers on Booking.com. While in Jaipur, one must visit the cobblestoned Amber fort and photograph the Hawa Mahal, one of Jaipur’s most historic landmarks. And if you really want to know more about the historical wonders of this city, you should consider an intellectually stimulating visit to Albert Hall Museum. With colorful palaces and spectacular architecture, Jaipur is the place to be, especially for Baby Boomers.
Mandarmani, West Bengal: Gen-X (born between 1965-1980)
Why will they love it? After the past year it is no surprise that Gen-X travellers want some rest and relaxation, with 42% of the Gen-X travellers globally wanting to enjoy a beach break once it is safe to travel again. If you are among Generation-X, you will find a slice of paradise in Mandarmani, a seaside village in West Bengal. This is also the top endorsed lesser known destination for relaxation on Booking.com. Gen-X travellers can spend the day sunbathing at the beautiful white sand beach and enjoy some quiet time relaxing. And after enjoying some time at the lovely seaside, head out to indulge in some mouth-watering local cuisine. Along the coast you will find several resorts and restaurants that serve a delectable variety of seafood specialties including prawns, mud crabs, lobsters and more!
Lum, Sikkim: Millennials (born between 1981-1996)
Why will they love it? Nearly 57% of the millennials globally have wished to travel more sustainably going forward. When considering destinations that best exemplify second city and sustainable travel, it is best to look at places that are less explored and those where you can give back to the community. Lum, home to the Lepcha Tribe is one such lesser known gem in Sikkim, perfect for travellers looking to travel locally and sustainably. In recent years, the tribe has opened their homes to travellers by offering eco-stays that strengthen the livelihood of the local community. Despite its remoteness, the roads are well built and perfect for cycling to explore the area. During your stay, millenials can try delicious homegrown food prepared by the Lepcha tribes or cook meals along with them. The most popular among their produce is the orange orchards, which would make for a perfect morning breakfast.
Hampi, Karnataka: Gen-Z (born between 1997-2012):
Why will they love it? Over a third (37%) Gen-Z travellers globally would love to embark on a solo adventure and embrace their independence on their first trip once all travel restrictions have been lifted. A trip to Hampi, a UNESCO world heritage site, is the perfect getaway for solo travellers. Surrounded by ancient monuments, ancient temples, bustling street markets and captivating ruins of the Vijaynagar Empire, this city of ruins is a backpackers delight. Located on the banks of River Tungabhadra, Hampi is famous for its beautifully carved temples, especially the Virupaksha temple, Lotus temple and Vittala temple. You can also find remains of old aqueducts, canals and military barracks and stables here. A historical delight for Gen Z travellers, Hampi is a must visit, when it is safe to do so.
*Research commissioned by Booking.com and conducted among a sample of adults who are planning to travel in the next 12 months. In total 28,042 respondents across 28 countries and territories were polled (including 1003 from Argentina, 1002 from Australia, 1000 from Brazil, 1001 from Canada, 1000 from China, 1002 from Colombia, 1001 from Croatia, 1003 from Denmark, 1002 from France, 1005 from Germany, 1004 from Hong Kong, 1000 from India, 1002 from Israel, 1000 from Italy, 1000 from Japan, 1002 from Mexico, 1000 from Netherlands, 1000 from New Zealand, 1003 from Russia, 1000 from Singapore, 1003 from South Korea, 1005 from Spain, 1001 from Sweden, 1000 from Taiwan, 1003 from Thailand, 1000 from UK, 1000 from USA and 1000 from Vietnam). Respondents completed an online survey in January 2021.