Five Things to Know About the Micro-Cation

A version of this article was previously published on our Atlantic Luggage blog.
A new vacation trend we’ve been hearing about is the micro-cation, and it’s ideal for people who want to travel, but not take the one- or two-week excursions we used to. A micro-cation is more or less a weekend-long trip, but it doesn’t have to be over the weekend. A micro-cation is typically a Friday evening, Saturday, half the day Sunday. Or you could do that schedule on a Tuesday-through-Thursday trip.
The point is, you’re taking a short trip instead of a long trip and you can get a break from your house and your city, even if it’s for 48 hours.
According to a 2019 study by Allianz Travel Insurance, (n)early three-fourths (72 percent) of Millennials took at least one micro-cation in the (previous) year, while 69 percent of Gen X’ers and 60 percent of Baby Boomers did the same.
That’s not a bad option these days. After all, it’s hard to get away for a couple of weeks when we’re trying to shelter in place and limit our exposure to others. But with a micro-cation, you could hole up in a new city, limit your excursions to socially-distant-and-masked-up events and sites, and still avoid exposure. Even just a change of scenery could do you some good and help you avoid cabin fever.
Here are five things you could do on a micro-cation.
Micro-cations are a fun new trend that suits our pandemic reality, and they’ve become favorites for Millennial and Gen X vacationers: 25% of Millennials don’t want to spend more money on a longer vacation, and 40% of Gen Xers say it’s easier to take time off work for a short trip.
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