Overbooked: Why Gen Z And Millennials Think This Summer Will Be The Busiest Ever

Australia Day revelers party on the beach as thousands flock to Bondi Beach to beat the scorching heat during Australia Day on January 26, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cole Bennetts/Getty Images)

By Simona Kitanovska

A survey of 2,000 adults found that 67 percent of Gen Z respondents and 65 percent of millennial respondents have overbooked themselves with events this summer.

Two in three young Americans are preparing for their busiest summer ever this year – with a majority planning to RSVP to every event they get invited to.

A survey of 2,000 adults found that 67 percent of Gen Z respondents and 65 percent of millennial respondents have overbooked themselves with events this summer and 68 percent of respondents claiming they plan to say “yes” to every special occasion they get invited to.

According to BambooHR, “Generation Z, also called Gen Z, is the generational cohort following millennials, born between the late 1990s and early 2010s.”

With travel plans surging after a two-year pause due to the pandemic, more than half (52 percent ) of the respondents are using their vacation time to travel for others – either for social obligations or business-related purposes.

Only 23 percent stated that they are traveling to take a personal vacation. They appeared to be prepping themselves by finding some attractive travel deals online and stocking up on Beach Vacation Outfits and other accessories.

In an aerial view, people are seen at Ipanema Beach on December 26, 2021 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

On average, respondents plan to attend three weddings, three birthday parties and three family vacations, among several other events in the summer months.

This could be due to the availability of affordable flight tickets, adequate hotels, and other event planning solutions. There are also a lot of people who use weather research platforms in advance to find out the Guadalajara weather forecast (or wherever they intend to travel) and choose the best time to travel.

In spite of that, there are more than half of those surveyed say they expect to feel exhausted after attending summer gatherings (62 percent ), 73 percent anticipate better sleep during their travels.

Moreover, people can enjoy activities and adventure sports that can help them relax, make new memories and experiences, have fun with family and friends, etc. Some may even try out activities like flying in a spitfire or learning surfing or paddleboarding, which can be a great motivation to let go and unwind this summer, away from all the regular duties and daily schedule.

Commissioned by Mattress Firm and conducted by OnePoll, the study found that 68 percent of respondents get the “best sleep” while on vacation, with 75 percent saying they wake up feeling more refreshed than usual when they’re away from home.

When asked what the best parts of sleeping away from home were, respondents said nothing could beat the smell of clean sheets (43 percent ), the mattress (41 percent) or being able to sleep in (39 percent).

“Going to bed while you’re away from home can sometimes make the space feel more relaxing and inviting as it’s usually free from normal disruptions,” said Trae Bodge, Mattress Firm’s lifestyle expert. “A relaxing sleep environment that is optimized for temperature, light and minimal noise is essential to getting quality rest, and it’s a good idea to create that sanctuary at home as well.”

A survey of 2,000 adults found that 67 percent of Gen Z respondents and 65 percent of millennial respondents have overbooked themselves with events this summer. (72 Point U.S./Zenger)

Even though 76 percent of respondents said the thought of relaxing on vacation makes them happy, the argument of how to spend vacation time resting or exploring will likely continue: close to three in four (73 percent ) said they prefer to rest and relax on vacation, while 66 percent would rather go out and explore their destination.

However, both options could be readily available at a travel location like Devon. For instance, tourists can search online for – ‘things to do in Devon‘ to get varied suggestions that could work for all types of travelers. The people interested in staying in and relaxing can look for resorts with spa, hot tub, or sauna; whereas, individuals looking to spend their vacation exploring the neighborhood can get beaches and other tourist spot recommendations.

The survey also found that bedtime rituals are still a priority when people are away from home. Using a white noise machine (41 percent), washing their face (40 percent), exercising (39 percent) and bringing a special pillow (39 percent) were the top rituals maintained both at home and on vacation.

Oddly, people prioritize following their skincare routine before bed more so on vacation (37 percent) than when at home (32 percent). The same can be said for washing their hair (31 percent on vacation and 28 percent at home).

The survey also found when people tuck themselves in for bedtime tends to differ when people are away from home – 37 percent like to wake up later and go to bed earlier than usual.

While some may dread the return to day-to-day life, 65 percent of respondents said they start to miss their own bed at home after being away for three nights and the average person admitted to needing almost a full day after vacation to rest, reset and recharge.

Seven in 10 (72 percent) plan to give themselves breaks in between special events this summer.

“You can easily refresh your own sleep sanctuary to recreate the relaxing sleep from your travels,” Bodge said.

“White noise machines and aromatherapy oils coupled with the right mattress, pillows, and linens can help you sleep better,” Bodge said.

“Investing in the right bed to fit your specific sleep style and eliminating distractions in the bedroom as much as possible can make a difference in your sleep quality. Also, limit your use of electronic devices avoid bright lights and turn off audio alerts at least one hour before bedtime,” Bodge said.

Revelers party on Bondi beach as they await sunrise on January 1, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Evans/Getty Images)

Top ten things people love about hotel beds:

1. The clean sheet smell 43 percent
2. The mattress 41 percent
3. High-quality bedsheets 41 percent
4. Being able to sleep in 39 percent
5. Being in a different time zone 38 percent
6. Being able to stretch in a larger bed 35 percent
7. The plush pillows 34 percent
8. Having more pillows than at home 27 percent
9. Being able to control the exact temperature 21 percent
10. The view from the room 15 percent

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