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Travel Effects on Young People

by Angelique Platas

Dec 4, 2017

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It’s safe to assume traveling at a young age can positively impact a young adult’s life, but with Contiki’s recent research uncovering the benefits of travel, our suspicions were confirmed. Contiki, a global travel company focusing on social travel for young travelers, released its newest research, The Power of Travel, proving the incredible benefits of travel.


In a sample size of 3,000 18–35 year olds, Contiki’s study found conclusive data revealing the long list of positive effects travel has on your teens and adult children. According to the study, travel has a positive and lasting impact on young people for their future careers, political involvement and goal orientation.


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Travel seems to not only benefit young traveler’s confidence and self-sufficiency, but also their cultural awareness, acceptance and adaptability. For those traveling internationally, their experiences tend to have a positive impact on their personal belief in themselves —paramount in a young adult’s development.


According to the study, 75 percent of young adults surveyed have a positive perception of themselves and their place in the world after traveling. Of course, having a positive experience while traveling will reverberate into our everyday lives.


Some other findings of the study explained how young travelers tend to be more outgoing and open-minded than young adults who do not have then opportunity to travel. By endeavoring on something new, whether a trip or job, having a positive experience can boost any individual’s confidence.


According to the study, 42 percent of young travelers appear to have strong interpersonal connections and are more likely to seek out new friendships and feel more confident in new relationships. This makes them more successful in establishing a career, maintaining marketable skills, adapting to new situations, being creative, being successful in their careers and meeting new challenges.


Young adults traveling

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Being able to travel at a young age is an amazing privilege that young adults clearly benefit from. Whether traveling with your kids at a young age, hearing about their travel abroad programs or taking trips with them as adults, the benefits to travel go beyond just having a good time.

Read the full study here to learn more.


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