The 30 Most Popular Travel Destinations For Millennials In 2019

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The 30 most popular travel destinations for millennials in 2019

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It’s getting to that time of year where all we can think about is going on holiday. Whether it’s solo travel or a once-in-a-lifetime trip, we’re desperate to jump on a plane and experience what the world has to offer.

If you’re feeling in a similar frame of mind and need some inspiration of where to go, travel-planning site müvTravel has released a list of the Top 30 Millennial Travel Destinations for 2019.

The list was compiled by analysing the destinations which are most frequently added to their millennial users bucket lists. The data showed millennial travellers are apparently seeking “memorable and original moments,” as well as “activities that focus on sustainable and personalised local experiences”.

The 30 most popular travel destinations for millennials in 2019

Puglia, Italy

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With that in mind, here are the 30 most popular destinations to add to your millennial bucket list for 2019:

  1. Lisbon, Portugal
  2. Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
  3. Cinque Terre, Italy
  4. Utah, USA
  5. Luberon, France
  6. Puglia, Italy
  7. Riga, Latvia
  8. Bagan, Myanmar
  9. Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, USA
  10. Seville, Spain
  11. Petra, Jordan
  12.  San Diego, California, USA
  13. Hokkaido, Japan
  14.  Cusco, Peru
  15. White Mountains, New Hampshire, USA
  16. Ljubljana, Slovenia
  17. Occitanie, France
  18. Cluj-Napoca, Romania
  19. Patagonia, Argentina and Chile
  20. Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica
  21. Sri Lanka
  22. Merida, Yucatán
  23. Saint Barthélemy, French West Indies
  24. Guilin, China
  25. Chiang Mai, Thailand
  26. Salvador da Bahia, Brazil
  27. Franschhoek, South Africa
  28. Charlevoix, Quebec, Canada
  29. Palawan, Philippines
  30. Zanzibar, Tanzania
Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai, Thailand

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It’s safe to say there are a lot of places we’d like to visit on that least. From the South African wine regions to the Patagonian mountain range, via the beaches of Puglia and Lake Bled in Ljubljana. Anyone else fancy taking an around the world trip?

 
 

More American Millennials Are Experiencing Depression and Suicide

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More young adults in the U.S. are experiencing mental health issues, and digital media usage might be partly to blame, said a new study.

Between 2005 and 2017, the rate of adolescents reporting symptoms consistent with major depression in the last 12 months jumped 52 percent, according to the study published Thursday in the peer-reviewed Journal of Abnormal Psychology, run by the American Psychological Association.

The study found a 63 percent increase in young adults between the ages of 18 and 25 reporting symptoms of depression between 2009 and 2017. It also showed significant increases in the rates of young adults who reported serious psychological distress and suicidal thoughts or suicide-related outcomes during similar time periods.

Researchers also note there is no similar increase among older adults during corresponding time periods.

Jean Twenge, lead author of the study and professor of psychology at San Diego State University, said digital media might play a role in the increase among young adults.

“Cultural trends in the last 10 years may have had a larger effect on mood disorders and suicide-related outcomes among younger generations compared with older generations,” Twenge said in a statement.

Ian Gotlib, a professor of psychology at Stanford University and director of the Stanford Neurodevelopment, Affect, and Psychopathology (SNAP) Laboratory, said genetics can be ruled out as a potential factor because the increase in reports of mental health issues happens too quickly.

“It’s correlational, but what’s increased with depression is the use of social media with kids,” said Gotlib, who was not affiliated with the study. “And I don’t think that should be underestimated.”

A Pew Research survey released last month revealed 70 percent of teens believe anxiety and depression are critical issues among peers, even more than bullying or drug and alcohol use.

Several other studies have found a rise in depression among teens and young adults, leaving many experts to wonder how big a role social media might contribute.

“These results suggest a need for more research to understand how digital communication versus face-to-face social interaction influences mood disorders and suicide-related outcomes and to develop specialized interventions for younger age groups,” Twenge said.

Gotlib said having conversations with your kids is a good starting point, as well as paying attention to their digital media habits. “I would just watch for what looks to be an inability to not be with your phone,” he said. “It doesn’t necessarily mean depression but it has that potential.”

Read more at usatoday.com.

This Is Why Millennials Are Obsessed With Houseplants

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From the popularity of the sleek online ship-to-you startup the Sill to the Instagrammable plant craze to Costco’s $20 succulent gardens,AOL reports that one-third of houseplants in the United States are sold to Millennials. (That stat came from Ian Baldwin, a business adviser for the gardening industry.)The reason? They’re waiting longer to buy houses out of financial necessity, which often leaves them packed into smaller urban dwellings without gardens. They’re putting off marriage and delaying or forgoing children. This leaves plants as the only things they can nuture – and make them feel like adults.


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“’I found myself gravitating toward plants,’ says Tommy Engström, who is 30 and works at a marketing agency,” said in a 2018 L.A. Times article. “’Everyone made fun of me because I was sleeping on an air mattress and buying plants. But having living things to care for soothed me.’”

A 2017 Washington Post story headline said that Millennials were filling “their homes – and the void in their hearts – with houseplants.” The article went on to say that plants made great Instagram bait – filling other types of voids, like the need for attention.

Writer Jess Melia says there is “a need for us millennials to feel as if we’re caring for something other than ourselves in a time where making major life choices have to come later and later.” In a world where everything feels transient, why not take comfort in something with roots?

Welllll… there is a way to take it too far. As Joe Queenan wrote in the Wall Street Journal in 2018:

“Are millennials so cunning, so diabolical that they would use houseplants as an excuse to avoid visiting their parents?

“’Absolutely,” says one West Coast millennial whose parents live in tony, twee Sleepy Hollow, N.Y. ‘As soon as I set foot in their house, my parents give me a hard time about dating a tone-deaf sitar player and not doing anything about my hair. Now that I have 135 houseplants, I have a perfect excuse not to go home. You can’t ask your friends or neighbors to stop by every three days to water 135 plants. Anyway, I don’t have any friends.’”

Surely Queenan is being satirical. Nobody would ever have 135 plants. Except… Instagram personality Summer Rayne Oakes, who keeps 700 in her New York City apartment.

Shine on, Millennials, shine on.

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