The average age at which Americans marry keeps creeping higher. According to research from the Pew Research Center, in 1960 the average groom was almost 23, and his bride-to-be just 20. Fast forward over five decades and the average marriage age has climbed to nearly 29 years for men and 26 and a half years for women. There’s lots of data supporting the claim that millennials are delaying marriage and one reason is because of money. It’s not necessarily that they want to save more. One study points to the fact that young adults prefer spending money on travel than buying a home and are looking to meet new friends rather than settle down in a relationship.
New research from Topdeck Travel, a group travel agency for 18-30 something’s, found that 1 in 6 Millennials actually prefer to travel with their friends than their significant other. Perhaps it’s because 1 in 10 say it’s easier to plan a trip with their friends than with their sweetie. If single and looking for love, the study finds that 1 in 11 Millennials are hoping to find their significant other on the road.
It looks like the love of travel trumps the love of marriage. For those that are in committed relationships, over one third (36%) of Millennials would lower their wedding budget if it meant they could travel around the world. Even more shocking, 1 in 11 Millennial women would accept a smaller engagement ring to travel more! This isn’t necessarily a bad thing as it looks like couples would rather invest in adventure and experiences with their S.O. than the material things.
But where exactly is this dying urge to travel the world coming from and is it a good idea to put life on hold to explore? Of course there is much debate about this. Many say it comes from social media. It’s widely known that digital connectedness is a must for Millennials and with the media constantly glorifying elaborate vacations, young people are doing all they can do to keep up with others even it means exchanging their savings account to take a fantastic voyage that they can post on Instagram. That leads us to the question: if social media didn’t exist, would marriage and family still be first place?