The formula for a truly memorable holiday includes travelling with at least four people, enjoying a minimum of four new experiences – and finding at least one “hidden gem”. A poll of 2,000 holidaymakers, aged 18-34, identified the top 20 elements that are likely to make a break unforgettable.
A third (34 percent) felt stepping out of your comfort zone was important to create memories, wanting to push their boundaries at least three times.
And 29 percent believe making new friends is key, with a memorable break involving meeting a minimum of two people.
Meanwhile, at least three new dishes should also be tried.
It also emerged an outstanding trip will see 55 photos and 13 videos taken to capture the four “perfect moments” they want to experience.
Respondents have been on an average of six truly memorable trips each – with 17 percent of those who have travelled solo claiming that these holidays created more memories than any other.
Rachel Storey, brand director of social travel company for 18-35 year olds, Contiki, which commissioned the research, said: “The reason we travel is, at its core, to create memories – whether it’s from that perfect moment, or trying something new out of your comfort zone.
“Exploring a new destination and culture is opening yourself up to the unknown, with the potential to create memories that can last a lifetime when you make every moment count.”
The research also found 43 percent of travellers believe spending time with people physically on holiday is more important than ever, due to today’s increasingly virtual world.
And 37 percent pick their travel destinations based on the experiences they might have while there – while 30 percent have a holiday bucket list of moments they want to tick off.
As a result, 46 percent have tried to plan a “perfect” moment while away, like a glorious sunset or catching animals in their natural habitat.
But 66 percent prefer a perfect moment to happen naturally or organically, rather than be something which is engineered.
And 85 percent even believe it’s the imperfect or unexpected moments that can make a holiday more memorable.
Nearly half (48 percent) of those polled, via OnePoll, also prefer to post a completely authentic image on social media – showing the good and the bad – rather than a perfectly staged image with filters (15 percent).
Rachel Storey, from Contiki, added: “When you reflect on trips from the past, it’s often the moments you couldn’t have imagined, that leave the deepest impact.
“Whether it’s a moving encounter with a local, making a new friend, ordering an unusual item in a restaurant, or taking a leap of faith on a new activity – the ultimate souvenir is the memories you make along the way.”
This story originally appeared on Express.co.uk