2020 has been a year from job uncertainty and uni hesitations, to lockdowns and mask acne – it’s no surprise that these pressures and allll the other craziness has had a huge impact on your mental health.
In a recent survey of Topdeckers, we’ve heard that more than 50% of people aged between 18 and 25 have struggled to protect their mental health during the pandemic*.
With lockdown restrictions limiting brunch catch ups and Netflix hangouts; the various impacts on career prospects and education; plus the general halt on future plans we’ve all endured – it’s been a tough situation to grasp. We’re there with you.
On the flip.
Our Gen Z travel-enthusiasts shared some kick-ass excitement for what will be, post-pandemic. That is: enjoying more adventures, experiencing new cultures and making amazing memories with like-minded people.
We’ve seen a rise in the number of Topdeckers want to escape the daily grind; to flee the commute; to relieve the pressures of everyday life and head off on that once-in-a-lifetime adventure.
In fact, nearly a third said switching off from the last few months is an absolute must-have in 2021*. So, we pose a question – could travel be the antidote to a WTF year?
Short answer? YES.
Visiting unfamiliar destinations, experiencing new and exotic cultures, and connecting with like-minded people gives us a fresh perspective and can naturally boost our mood.
Pair that with our I-N-C-R-E-D-I-B-L-E Trip Leaders who are ready to set your soul on fire – and you’ve got one amazing experience.
We’re talking trips that delve deeper into each unique destination. Eating dinner with the locals. Venturing to undiscovered locations. And making every.single.second.count.
Looking deeper into Topdeckers responses to our survey revealed that unique travel experiences are exactly what young travellers are craving. Over 30% are on the lookout for meaningful and authentic moments – and a further 22% hope to experience a different culture to where they call home*.
We can’t all ditch the home offices right now, but overseas adventure in 2021-22 is within reach. And the process of planning, booking and getting psyched about an upcoming trip(trust us, this is well tried and tested at Topdeck HQ!).
As natural born explorers, counting down the days until we’re lying on a beach in Greece is EXACTLY the kind of excitement we need in our lives right now.
And with our brand-new flexible booking policies, we’ve removed the stress and complexity when booking your next big adventure. Join Topdeckers around the world booking their next trip-of-a-lifetime – and get pumped for future travel knowing that we have your back if you’re hit with any last-minute corona-infused setbacks.
Want to see how flexible we’ve become? Check out our moves here
*Based on research conducted by OnePoll using 2,000 UK and US 18-25 year olds.