Gen Z travelers are revealing their pet hatred on social media for vacation posts

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From tan-line photos to photos of people jumping on the beach, Gen Z travelers reveal their pet hatred on social media for vacation posts (and promise to ditch them when the travel starts)

  • 42% of young people say holiday snaps with cliché captions are the worst messages
  • Other pet hates include snaps of overly loving couples and photos of hotel rooms
  • Top plan for young people is to visit a destination that is further from home

UK youth say social media posts with cliche captions like 'catch flights, no feelings' are the worst to share

UK youth say social media posts with cliche captions like ‘catch flights, no feelings’ are the worst to share

Gen Z says when the travel starts again, they’ll be throwing out cliché vacation snaps, according to one study.

In the survey, 42 percent of young people in the UK say social media posts with cliché captions such as ‘catch flights, no feelings’ and ‘my Monday is better than yours’ are the worst to share and wouldn’t get repeated on their subsequent trips.

Recreating staged ‘popular’ tourist travel poses (second, 35 percent), such as ‘supporting’ the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and posting selfies showing off tan lines (third, 26 percent) also featured in the The largest vacation post pet hates list, featuring overly loving couple snaps (fourth, 25 percent), sharing hotel room images (joint fifth, 23 percent) and posting photos jumping on the beach (joint fifth, 23 percent).

The social media hatred for vacation snaps second in line is recreating staged 'popular' tourist travel poses like this one at the Leaning Tower of Pisa (35 percent)

The social media hatred for vacation snaps second in line is recreating staged 'popular' tourist travel poses like this one at the Leaning Tower of Pisa (35 percent)

The social media hatred for vacation snaps second in line is recreating staged ‘popular’ tourist travel poses like this one at the Leaning Tower of Pisa (35 percent)

The research was carried out on behalf of a travel provider for young people Topdeck Travel to learn more about how the pandemic made Gen Z (generally those born after 1995) rethink what’s important to them when it comes to travel.

According to researchers, there is optimism in the air for young British travelers: 93 percent are already planning future trips.

The main future travel plan for young people is to visit a dream destination that is further from home (32 percent), followed by ticking off bucket list activities (29 percent).

Other highly regarded plans include exploring nature and the outdoors (third, 26.3 percent), exploring local culture (fourth, 26.1 percent), and spending time recovering and relaxing (fifth, 25 percent).

Posting photos of tan lines is the third most hated vacation post on social media (26 percent)

Posting photos of tan lines is the third most hated vacation post on social media (26 percent)

Posting photos of tan lines is the third most hated vacation post on social media (26 percent)

A quarter of those surveyed say they can't stand overly loving holiday snaps

A quarter of those surveyed say they can't stand overly loving holiday snaps

A quarter of those surveyed say they can’t stand overly loving holiday snaps

GEN Z AND THE FUTURE OF TRAVEL

Top 5 Social Media Hates Pets

1. Post images with cliché captions – 42 percent

2. “Copy and paste” popular tourist images – 35 percent

3. Selfies to show off tan lines – 26 percent

4. Overly loving couple vacation snaps – 25 percent

5 = Post images that jump on the beach – 23 percent

5 = Share hotel room images – 23 percent

Top 5 future travel plans after lockdown

1. Visiting a dream destination that is further from home than usual – 32 percent

2. Checking off bucket list activities – 29 percent

3. Exploring nature and the outdoors – 26.3 percent

4. In Search of Local Culture – 26.1 percent

4. Spending time on recovery and relaxation – 25 percent

Source: Topdeck Travel

The survey, which polled 1,000 18- to 25-year-olds, also revealed that 39 percent can’t wait to log out of Zoom calls once the restrictions are lifted.

It found that Gen Z will happily say goodbye to longer screen time (36 percent), eat (23 percent), and be around the fridge – meaning constant snacking – (20 percent) when life starts shutting down. .

Charles Knowlton, global general manager at Topdeck Travel, said: “It has been a daunting year for young people, but our findings show that they are resilient and ready to jump back with new travel experiences.

Posting images of jumping on the beach on social media is the pet hatred of 23 percent of those surveyed in the survey, ranked fifth jointly

Posting images of jumping on the beach on social media is the pet hatred of 23 percent of those surveyed in the survey, ranked fifth jointly

Posting images of jumping on the beach on social media is the pet hatred of 23 percent of those surveyed in the survey, ranked fifth jointly

Joint fifth in social media animal hatred list for vacation posts shares hotel room photos (23 percent)

Joint fifth in social media animal hatred list for vacation posts shares hotel room photos (23 percent)

Joint fifth in social media animal hatred list for vacation posts shares hotel room photos (23 percent)

Our research has shown that Gen Z is tired of the polished Insta-worthy experiences that we’re over-exposed to today. Instead, they seek authentic travel experiences that free them from the rules of normal life once travel restrictions are lifted.

“We have seen from our findings that after a year in lockdown, young travelers are eager to discover more of what a destination has to offer when they travel. This includes exploring more of the local cultures, experiencing nature and wildlife, and making friends with fellow travelers.

‘At Topdeck, we inspire young travelers to move away from generic imitative copy-and-paste experiences, in a shift towards journeys that feel real. We can’t wait to help our customers experience refreshing, authentic and life-changing discoveries again. With demand set to increase in summer, we recommend booking early and always looking for a flexible travel policy in case something changes. ‘

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