Millennials are always reinventing the wheel and finding new ways to do things that already work well.
While there have been some innovative advances by the next generation that definitely make travel more efficient… we can’t knock the wisdom and experience of the greatest generation that ever lived – the Baby Boomers.
So let’s settle this debate once and for all – have Boomers really mastered the art of travel?
We’ve posted several times about the entitled millennial who thinks their life-calling is to “see the world” …
… and expects everyone else to pay for it.
Millennials may want to be social media “influencers” …
… but most of them are living in an old, outdated apartment – if not still with mom and dad.
And Gen-Xers may have more sense – but most of them don’t have a lot of disposable income.
Gen-Xers are busy raising families and still paying off their house (or paying rent for an expensive pad close to the office) – not to mention having to budget for the rising costs of living thanks to Biden-inflation. So after paying for extracurricular activities and school – they’re pretty much tapped out.
But Boomers are done with all that – and now they’re ready to live their best life!
With their children grown up and out of the house, Boomers don’t have the same responsibilities as other generations – so they’re free to take their hard-earned retirement investments and see the world.
Not only can they afford to travel more often – but they can splurge and get that room or flight upgrade – while the rest of us are frantically trying to use our points to negotiate a late checkout.
They Aren’t Obnoxious
Again – many millennials have a sense of entitlement and think the entire world is waiting on them to show up.
They expect to roll up to the airport with barely an hour before their flight and just breeze through security ahead of everyone so they don’t “miss their plane.”
And while the rest of travelers (like our trusty Boomers) plan ahead and get to the airport early – millennials think they can arrive 15 minutes before boarding and still have time to grab coffee and store their flashy designer bag in the overhead compartment.
Not to mention – after making their dramatic entrance onto the plane (if they don’t miss their flight) – they’ll likely be the first ones to recline that seat back and invade what precious little legroom you have left.
But Boomers have traveled for decades – so they have all their ducks in a row.
They know how to navigate the airports – and although they may not have the latest app on their phone, you better believe they have their boarding pass all printed out and ready to go.
They Know How To Unplug
What’s the point of a vacation?
Boomers may be used to working 50-60 hours behind a desk with only 2-weeks paid vacation – but when they are off – they are OFF.
While most Millennials and Gen-Xers have a hard time silencing their notifications and ignoring the latest “urgent” text or social media post…
… Boomers don’t have that problem!
In fact – many just leave their phones in their hotel rooms and couldn’t care less who’s trying to reach them.
They are on vacation – they paid for it – and they are going to enjoy every moment of it.
The Boomer generation has taught us all that the world will go on without us – and we are NOT the most important person in the room.
So before you knock the archaic ways of Baby Boomers – it would be smart to take a step back and learn from their wisdom.
(h/t Proud American Traveler)