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Travel Networks

A 2010 report by Pew Research Center titled Millennials: A Portrait of Generation Next, which focused on millennials ages 18 to 29, found that this group is more ethnically and racially diverse, more educated, less likely to be working and slower to settle down than past generations. Possibly because of those characteristics, a growing number of millennials are traveling and becoming a part of a network of people who like to explore new destinations, learn about different cultures and connect with like-minded individuals.

These travelers are using blogs, hospitality exchanges and social networking sites to swap tips, get advice and stay involved in the travel community, even when they can’t leave their own cities.

Travel blogs and hospitality networks also help long-term travelers share experiences, find the next stop on their trip, and connect with other travelers as well as locals while on the road for months at a time.

Volunteering and teaching programs are another option within the travel community. These opportunities allow travelers to become immersed in a community and gain new perspectives.

Hostels are a popular lodging choice for millennials, as they provide a social atmosphere and cheaper place to sleep. Hostels are adapting to the changing needs of the modern traveler, and Boston hostels are no exception.

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