Contiki Study Reveals How Travel Transforms Young Lives

by Maria Lisella

Global travel company Contiki has led its own exploration about what makes this market tick and just how young people are affected by travel.

The study reveals the overwhelming positive influence that international travel stimulates; key insights indicate that those who travel have a more positive perception of themselves, their place in the world (75 percent) and what they can achieve in life (25 percent). Findings prove that young travelers have stronger interpersonal relationships and actively seek out new friendships (42 percent).

Additionally, the participants claim travel enhances their increased trust of different cultures and political involvement inspires them to be more globally and economically aware. Over all, they are 19 percent happier than their peers who have not traveled internationally.

According to the findings, traveling enhances the participants’ success in their careers and leaves them better equipped with more marketable skills, such as adaptability, open-mindedness and creative thinking – and they aren’t afraid to take on new challenges.

“It’s evident through our research and 55+ years of expertise that travel transforms the traveler and the traveler transforms the world,” says Adam Cooper, Contiki U.S. president.

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