Which Would You Rather … ? Summer Vaca Edition

Woo! We’ve got a solid month of summer left, and judging by the sheer amount of out-of-office replies I’ve gotten this week, people are most certainly using up their vacation time. According to a Choice Hotels International summer survey, August is the busiest month for leisure travel with 43.1% of respondents saying the beach is their preferred destination, obviously. (Approximately 12% said the mountains are where it’s at, and those people are crazy, so let’s move on.)

Arriving at a beach destination (or the mountains, whatever) is nothing short of amazing, but let’s be real—actually getting there blows, especially when millions of other people are flying, too. I’m a pretty avid flier, and I can tell you there’s nothing more aggravating than waiting in a security line for a family of 12 to get their life together; and the level of anxiety that arises when you’re one of the last three people waiting for your bag to show up is colossal. Imagine the feeling of panic when your bag doesn’t even show up. AHHHHHHHHHHHH!

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Pour it Up, Pour it Up–How Millennials Spend on Their Vices

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Despite how grim a young professional New Yorker’s bank account might be looking on any given week, happy hour is a must. It’s not a practice; it’s a way of life. We budget our discretionary funds appropriately so we can hit up a good happy hour at least once per week and boozy brunch like bosses on the weekend.

It makes sense that this is the norm among my circle friends. Budget tracking app Level Money did an analysis of anonymous data from January to June 2014 and found that millennials in Massachusetts, Colorado and New York, in that order, are the top spenders at bars and liquor stores. (The fact that $15 cocktails are the norm in the city probably doesn’t help matters.) Millennials in more conservative states keep themselves a bit more sober, with Mississippi and Alabama rounding out the bottom for boozy purchases.

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I’m Still Here!

Dear readers, I haven’t neglected this blog. I still love reading, researching and writing about millennials. I’ve just had a lot on my plate the last couple months, but I’m making an effort to update much more frequently! Thanks so much for reading.

Leave Tips for What?! Millennial Dining Habits

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I get it—we’re poor. But if we have enough money to dine out, we should probably be tipping accordingly, am I right?

Approximately one-third of US millennials don’t. According to a recent online survey by Harris Poll conducted on behalf of Michelin, 30% of Americans between 18 and 34 admit they usually tip less than 15% of a bill for good service. (Note: Thatz not okay. The Emily Post Institute, and well, society, says you should leave 15%.) The majority—70%—of Americans usually tip between 15% and 20% for good service, with those who are older than 65 driving this customary behavior. Millennials are least likely of all age groups to tip within the 15% to 20% range. Just 55% do it regularly.

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Go Home, LinkedUp—You’re Drunk

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If you’re a young professional navigating the waters of singledom, you obviously aren’t hip to the latest dating hotspot: LinkedIn. That’s right, my friends. Forget using the platform for business networking. Use it to find your next life partner.

A few months ago, a good friend was telling me about a man in her professional circle who found her via LinkedIn and was using the site to try and get her to meet up with him for a romantic outing [insert winky face here]. She was mortified and disgusted.

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