A New Generation
Before I begin writing about my travel experiences on my blog, I'd like to take some time to explain a bit about the new generation of Millennials and how "we" have influenced our modern society. I'd also like to talk about the "Millennial mindset," as it has changed my life in the past few years and is one of the reasons that pushed me to explore the world and write this blog.
So who are Millennials? ... Millennials are the generation of babies born in the 80's and 90's. Most millennials are either currently attending college or already in the workforce; however, many of them are not part of either of these. That's right! millennials are something else and don't always fit status quo. Millennials like to think out of the box. Many have chosen to pursue careers in creative fields, are entrepreneurs, travelers, etc., and is fair to say that this generation is breaking our societal norms.
Many Millennials will see their parents working hard all their lives and barely getting through financially, only to reach their retirement years and finally get some time alone, and finally travel and enjoy their lives. Instead, the millennial mindset has flipped things around, which has sparked attention. A higher % of Millennials will graduate college compared to prior generations. Many will obtain graduate and even post-graduate degrees before 30, but that's simply not enough, they want more, they also want to see the world. Many Millennials will travel to more countries during their 20's than their parents have in a lifetime. Many will make more money before reaching 40, than their parents did in a lifetime, by doing things such as: running online businesses or creating innovative products. Yes, this is the Millennial mindset! Ambitious, innovators, risk takers, adventurers!
Material things become secondary for a Millennial. Many will forfeit material things in order to fulfill their dreams of experiences and adventure. Many will settle down, get married, buy a house, etc. but others will choose to rent rather than buy, as it will give them the flexibility to move from city to city or even country to country, fulfilling that need for change and exploration that they so badly have. Memories and experiences surpass the car in the garage, the amount of money in the bank, or the best house on the block. Millennials thrive on seeing the world, meeting new people, exploring places, trying new foods, and living in different cultures. Thanks to technology and globalization, the world has become much smaller and connected. Millennials are truly taking advantage of this. Things that their parents and grandparents only dreamed of are now within reach and Millennials won't pass this up and they will reach new heights!
Now let me be clear here on something here. I'm not saying that the Millennial generation is superior to any other, but I will say that perhaps there is something we can all learn from this generation. Perhaps you do not fit the 80's-90's timeline, but at the end, it’s not about the age group, it’s about a mindset. I honestly think that although he never knew it, my grandpa was actually a Millennial during his lifetime... and thanks to him... I have the privilege of sharing this blog with you today.
Perhaps you are reading this post right now and saying... "wow! that would be nice, but I can't because of _____." Well... to be honest, that was me just a few years ago tied with my daily responsibilities, until one day I chose to change my thought from "I can't do it" to "How can I do it?." It is possible, and I want to share my story with you.
If you have read this post till this point, I guarantee that you will love the future posts! I will share my adventures throughout 61 countries (and counting) and tell you how you can also make this dream come true for you. Enjoy!