Vacation Now, Work Later: Why Fall and Winter Will Be Defined by “Vengeance Travel”

“I was planning on buying a house, but I think my money will be better spent on this trip. “

In a few months, Claire Truman * plans to quit her job in a publishing house and fly to Southeast Asia for a six-month adventure, where she will quietly cross Vietnam, Thailand and Cambodia. and Laos.

Putting off your notice and putting off buying your home for a vacation may seem extreme, but it’s the end of a new post-pandemic trend: the ‘journey of revenge’. After months, if not years, spent largely at home, UK professionals are marking their calendars, accumulating their savings and clearing their work commitments to explore the world.

“I feel overworked and mentally overwhelmed by what the typical 9 to 5 year old lifestyle offers,” says Truman, 29. Knowing that I will be working until my sixties, why not take a few breaks in my career along the way? “

Many Millennials and Gen Z travelers consider Southeast Asian countries like Cambodia

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Biomedical Laboratory Director Mollie Millington is taking her revenge with a unique three-week trip to Antarctica, scheduled for February.

She, too, cites Covid’s “burnout”, caused by little free time during the pandemic and being in the lab most of the time while others worked from home. During closures and times of travel restrictions, Millington had several trips canceled, including two weeks in Japan where she had planned to go skiing and running a marathon.

Now Mollie is ready to stretch her legs – at any cost. His Antarctic cruise is priced at £ 7,000 (“40% less than normal”), unprecedented madness for pre-pandemic Mollie.

Putting off your review and putting off buying your home for a vacation may seem extreme, but it’s the end of a new post-pandemic trend: the ‘journey of revenge’

“This is the biggest trip I have ever booked,” she says. “The only big trip I took before the pandemic was climbing Kilimanjaro, but it cost less than £ 1,000 and I took two weeks off. “

The revenge journey began as an American trend. With foreign countries opening up faster to the US than to the UK earlier this summer, travelers from the US have visibly ignored the once conscientious work ethic or frugal principles and started booking travel bigger, better and longer.

“Americans roam the roads and skies in droves,” reported Forbes in June. He defined the trend as a perfect storm of pent-up demand, accumulated annual leave, money saved and confidence fully vaxed.

“Avenging travelers may be more likely to try a more exotic location, spend more money on travel, or a combination of the two,” Geoff Whitmore wrote at the time.

Professionals who previously might have taken short city breaks or spent long weekends just outside of town have splashed hundreds of flights to Europe. People took sabbaticals and quit their jobs. Condé Nast Traveler FR announced the rise of “The sabbatical year for adults”.

Now that UK destinations are opening up for good, Brits are ready for their own taste of revenge.

A Eurofins survey last week of 2,000 UK residents found that more than half save all their available money for their next adventure, with an average travel fund of £ 2,543 already accumulated.

In addition, 36% postponed other major expenses, such as home renovations, in order to funnel as much money as possible into the vengeance pot.

We tie the score with Covid-19 – that drag on hopes, dreams and air miles – while sticking it to employers, traditional office culture and a sense of stifled work-life balance

All of this helps to concoct our revenge for the trip. But who exactly are we taking revenge on?

The trend goes beyond the practicalities of accumulated money and time off work. We also, in a way, tie the score with Covid-19 – that drag on hopes, dreams and air miles – while sticking it to employers, traditional office culture and an overall sense of balance. work-life stifled. In short: all the work and no play makes Jack a itchy-toed boy.

“People are taking revenge on Covid and the trips they missed in 2020,” says Tom Marchant, founder of a high-end adventure travel company. Black Tomato. “For many that means going big and booking a trip on a bucket list, or planning something forgiving and meaningful. There is a strong desire to make up for lost time and make up for lost trips.

The operator has seen an increase in long-term bookings for 2022 and 2023 – mainly to safari destinations such as Botswana, Uganda or Rwanda, but also to Chile, Japan, New Zealand and the ‘South East Asia.

TripAdvisor’s Fall Travel Index report, released today, found that Millennials and Gen Z travelers are the most engaged in vengeful travel.

Italian spots such as Cinque Terre are a short haul option while more distant destinations are prohibited

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More than a third (36%) of Gen Z Britons surveyed said they plan to take three or more trips this fall, while around a third of Millennials and Gen Z (33% and 36% respectively) said they expected to spend more on their biggest trip than before the pandemic in 2019.

For human resources consultant Emily Ellwood, 29, revenge meant reserving two honeymoons. After lovingly planning three weeks off in September 2021 to explore Sri Lanka and the Maldives, she and her husband Alex were able to tie the knot, after two postponements – but the Red List kept them away from the Indian Ocean.

The couple’s higher-than-usual pandemic savings meant the initial trip was quickly paid off, and once it became clear that this wouldn’t happen in 2021, they put it back for a year – an indulgent first anniversary trip to look forward to.

But Ellwood wasn’t giving up those hard-negotiated three weeks of leave to be Employee of the Year.

Covid, she said, gave her a new perspective: “You don’t know what time we’ll give you, so I want to take advantage of the time that I know I have – what is right now. “

Instead, she and Alex spend those weeks on a grand Italian tour, reaching 11 swish stops including Venice, Cinque Terre, Florence and Positano.

“It’s important to refresh yourself by taking time off from work,” admits Alex. “The only free time we had this year was when we had Covid, so we needed some time to relax. And we still have next year’s vacation to look forward to!

* Names have been changed.

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