Check off The Bucket List with These Inspiring Intergenerational Stays
With travel restrictions beginning to ease and 64%* of US travelers stating that not being able to travel extensively last year has made them yearn for travel even more in 2021, Booking.com has highlighted 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 as it becomes safe to do so again, Booking.com is leveraging the most recommended and relevant destinations for city walks, sunbathing, sustainable travel and atmosphere, so there is something for all ages!
Baby Boomers: Vienna, Austria
Why will they love it? According to recent Booking.com research, one third (33%)* of baby boomers revealed they had their sights on a city trip as a first trip once all travel restrictions have eased. For an unforgettable getaway, Vienna is just waiting to impress the baby boomers, ranked as one of Booking.com’s top recommended destinations for a city walk by global travelers. With imperial palaces and baroque inspired architecture, this is a place best enjoyed on foot, to take in the mesmerizing surroundings.
Where to stay? Prepare to be charmed by the Steigenberger Hotel Herrenhof. This 5-star hotel is set in a historic 1913 building and is just a few steps from the Imperial Palace. After a long day of walking to see the city’s finest sites, travelers can relax and unwind in the hotel’s elegant spa.
Gen-X: Isla del Rosario, Colombia
Why will they love it? After the past year it is no surprise that Gen-X wants some rest and relaxation, with 4 in 10 (42%)* of Gen-X travelers wanting to enjoy a beach break once it is safe to travel again. They’ll be able to find a slice of paradise with a trip to Isla del Rosario - located in the national park on the Colombian Caribbean coast - with its crystal-clear waters and white sandy beaches. While this is one of Booking.com’s top endorsed destinations for sunbathing, it’s not just the beach that brings travelers here - other exciting activities include kayaking in the mangroves and snorkeling trips around the Islands’ beautiful reefs.
Where to stay? For a memorable stay, Coralina Isla Boutique spoils guests with its own private beach and tastefully designed rooms, with some boasting panoramic sea views and a solarium in Cartagena de Indias. Here, Gen-X travelers can make the most of their long-awaited beach break and park up on one of the hotel’s many sunbathing spots to watch the world go by.
Millennials: Melaka, Malaysia
Why will they love it? Melaka is an ideal destination for the over half (57%)* of millennials who wish to travel more sustainably. This charming coastal state is actively involved in embracing the concept of a 'Green City’ and has been listed as a UNESCO Heritage Site since 2008. It is also famed for its eclectic mix of food, lifestyle and culture, and is filled with ancient landmarks to admire.
Where to stay? Located within the hustle and bustle of Melaka’s city center, The Rucksack Caratel- Garden Wing is a perfect accommodation for travelers looking to travel more sustainably. The modern furnished property has taken several steps to provide more sustainable and environmentally friendly travel, including the removal of single-use plastic, providing locally sourced food, and investing in energy and water efficiencies. And with its central location, guests can easily explore the city by foot.
Gen-Z: New York City, USA
Why will they love it? Over a third (37%)* of Gen-Z travelers would love to embark on a solo adventure and embrace their independence as a first trip once all travel restrictions have been lifted. Consisting of some of the world’s best museums and art galleries, show-stopping theatres, eye-catching skyscrapers and diverse range of cuisines, the vibrant city of New York is perfect for solo travelers to get lost in, having been ranked as one of the most recommended destinations for atmosphere.
Where to stay? Nestled in the heart of New York, the colorful Hotel Scherman oozes an antique glamour, filled with unique touches such as brick walls and wrought-iron grills that evoke a New Orleans-like feel. With a rooftop terrace where you can sip your cocktails whilst marveling at the city, and with the iconic Times Square just a short stroll away, those traveling solo will never have to rack their brains for activities.
No matter what age you are, Booking.com is sharing Getaway Deals for travelers to use when booking their spring and summer 2021 getaways, as it becomes safe to do so. Discounts start at 15 percent and are valid for stays until September 30, 2021. In addition, Booking.com is bringing the great value of its Genius program to even more customers by giving all account holders access to the program’s Level 1 benefits, with no minimum number of previous bookings to qualify, including access to exclusive 10% discounts at hundreds of thousands of participating properties around the world. All travelers have to do is download the Booking.com app, log in and look for the Genius logo to identify associated benefits, discounts and perks.
*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 the 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.