R&R, Family Visits, and Bucket Lists: Travel Trends for 2018

by Vicki Gelfeld, AARP Research, November 2017


  • The percentage of Boomers saying they travel to relax and rejuvenate jumped from 38% to 49%.
  • Seventy-four percent (74%) of employed Millennials with paid time off expect to bring work along on a trip, compared to 56% of Boomers.
  • In the international travel arena, touring with a local is increasingly appealing.

Americans love to travel as much as ever, but results from a recent AARP Travel survey reveal some noteworthy trends in preferences and other areas. For one: they’re increasingly wanting their trips to be true escapes that leave them feeling recharged.

Baby Boomers expect to take four or five leisure trips next year, spending almost $6,400 on travel expenses―the same or more than they spent in 2017, according to a national survey of adult travelers conducted by AARP, 2018 Travel Trends.  Millennials estimate they will shell out about $6,800 for vacations and Gen Xers $5,400.

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