What do Singapore’s young generation travellers regret most? Missing trip opportunities and lack of adventure
Research found that many want to travel more, and see more of the places they go to when they do
By Jonathan Loh
Singaporeans may be forgiven for finding it difficult to swallow regret over missed travel opportunities especially given the fact they are considered one of the most well-travelled citizens in the world.
But a recent study has shown that such disappointment has become particularly rampant among the younger generation of Singaporeans.
Research conducted by travel fare aggregator website Booking.com revealed that a surprising 77 per cent of Singaporean travellers have expressed regret over missed travel opportunities, with a significant portion of the group from the millennial and Generation Z demographic.
The study involved a survey which polled 20,500 respondents from 28 countries – more than 500 were Singaporeans. It was conducted among adults who have taken a trip in the last 12 months or plan to do so within the same period of time, starting from March 2018.
According to Booking.com, the most prominent reasons why Singaporeans feel regret include not travelling more often (45 per cent), not experiencing more of the countries travelled to (42 per cent), not journeying more in their youth (34 per cent) and lacking adventurous travel (28 per cent).
Other causes for dismay include missing out on ventures to distant destinations (22 per cent) and remote locations (21 per cent).
A noticeably larger proportion of Singaporean millennials regret not being more adventurous (39 per cent) and many from Generation Z regret not going to more far-flung destinations (36 per cent).
Moreover, 35 per cent of young travellers, specifically those aged 18 to 24, have also been upset over failure to capture more photos to commemorate their trips. This figure was only 22 per cent for the overall number of Singaporean travellers.
Such a sense of regret, according to Booking.com, primarily stems from perceived barriers around language, expense, directions and safety in the unknown.
There is hope nonetheless for young adventurers as research findings have shown that Generation Z are the most willing to tackle travel anxieties with 57 per cent of 18 to 24-year-olds overcoming their worries about journeying to new destinations.
The positive mindset changes have encouraged more than half (51 per cent) to travel more extensively in the future, giving increased confidence in life (46 per cent) and a sense of personal achievement (45 per cent).
A majority of young travellers (71 per cent) said that going on vacation had led to significant life changes and over a quarter (26 per cent) have discovered their purpose or passion in life after going overseas.
Health benefits may also prove to be potential motivations for young Singaporeans to explore foreign lands as 45 said travelling had a positive effect on their mental well-being, with 27 per cent deciding to improve their physical health with future trips.