Costs fall for smart young­sters trav­el­ing on a bud­get

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - BUSINESS - By ZHU WENQIAN zhuwen­qian@ chi­

Xiao Cheng jia, a 25-yearold post­grad­u­ate stu­dent, spent 5,200 yuan ($740) on an eight-day trip to Thai­land in April. She booked her round-trip tick­ets 40 days be­fore her de­par­ture from Shang­hai, and en­joyed a 50 per­cent dis­count with the fi­nal price at 2,200 yuan.

“Trans­porta­tion is a ma­jor part of our travel ex­penses, and we were lucky to have booked the tick­ets in ad­vance to save more money. Cheap ho­tels are easy to find in Thai­land, and I shared a room with a friend. I only paid 70 yuan a day for the room,” she said.

Stu­dents, young trav­el­ers and con­sumers on a lower in­come have var­i­ous tips to save money on trav­el­ing. Those who were born in the 1990s usu­ally travel less fre­quently and they pre­fer to plan their trips in a more re­laxed and easy way. They of­ten ar­range to travel with friends and share the cost of ac­com­mo­da­tion.

Thai­land, South Korea and Ja­pan are among the most pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tions for out­bound young tourists, given their prox­im­ity to the Chi­nese main­land, lower costs, pop cul­tures, nat­u­ral scenery and shop­ping choices, ac­cord­ing to Qyer, a Bei­jing-based travel in­for­ma­tion web­site.

Zhang Qi, vice-pres­i­dent of Qyer, said: “Those are highly cost-ef­fec­tive des­ti­na­tions, and it’s easy to ap­ply for visas for those coun­tries. With their close­ness to China, it’s eas­ier for young peo­ple to piece to­gether frag­mented hol­i­days and travel there.”

Qyer sur­veyed more than 6,500 trav­el­ers who were born in the 1990s. Their av­er­age monthly in­come is roughly 5,000 yuan to 10,000 yuan. They spend about 5,000 yuan to 9,999 yuan in to­tal for a trip, and spend ap­prox­i­mately 1,000 yuan to 2,999 yuan on shop­ping and lo­cal sight­see­ing.

Qyer said young peo­ple usu­ally pre­fer to sched­ule their trips in ad­vance, and travel dur­ing off sea­sons. They are con­fi­dent us­ing the in­ter­net to com­pare prices of flight tick­ets, and pay at­ten­tion to the pro­mo­tion in­for­ma­tion of bud­get air­lines.

“It can help save money if the trav­eler com­bines sev­eral meth­ods of trans­porta­tion. For ex­am­ple, it is usu­ally cheaper to book a flight from Tian­jin to Seoul, than from Bei­jing, so it will help save money if you take a train from Bei­jing to Tian­jin first,” Zhang said.

Mean­while, young trav­el­ers pre­fer to take themed tours, such as ski­ing and div­ing tours, as well as seek­ing out par­tic­u­lar ex­pe­ri­ences at some unique ho­tels or restau­rants when they go trav­el­ing.

“Young trav­el­ers have a great deal of cu­rios­ity, and they are will­ing to dis­cover new things and per­son­al­ize their trav­el­ing ex­pe­ri­ences. Be­sides, they love to share those fan­tas­tic ex­pe­ri­ences on so­cial me­dia,” said Zhang.


Chi­nese tourists take pictures of the Christ­mas mar­ket in Frank­furt, Ger­many,

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