This summer, youngsters wish to travel and use social media gainfully

Mumbai: Students who have just finished taking their Class 12 board exams are making plans to travel, blog and use social media during the summer vacation. Solo travel and writing about new places is trending among youngsters. Though it is hot, youngsters want to travel and explore new places during vacations. Naina Sabharwal, a student, said, “There is an increasing trend to travel solo and I want to go on one this summer. I want to visit North India and write about the culture and geography of that area. It is good to travel at an early age and explore new places.”

Blogging or writing about new places, food reviews and creating an itinerary are new attractions for the youth. Javed Sharif, a student, said, “I am keen on exploring new places which serve authentic food. Also, there are so many food joints which serve food in the night in curious cities and people do not know about them. I want to start a blog and spread the word about these places.”

Youngsters aim to use social media platforms to gain financial benefits. Instagram and YouTube can be used to create travel videos, food reviews and blogs. Benny Kotian, a student, said, “All my friends are creating their profiles on social media and doing something creative. The trend of being an entrepreneur has taken root amongst this generation and social media is helping monetise it.”

Parents reveal students have already planned their summer vacations productively. Ketan Shah, a parent, said, “My children have just finished their final Class 12 board examinations. And before they enter higher education, they want to travel and find their areas of interest. It is good to see that they wish to be independent at an early age.”

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