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Move Over Boomers, Zoomers Are the New RVers

If you saw a massive RV rolling down the highway a decade or two ago, you knew there was a high probability the person driving it was retired. However, the face and the average age of the typical RVer have changed in recent years. It has fewer wrinkles and a good chance that the RVers will tow a kid or two with them.

We hate to break the news to you boomers, but zoomers are the new RVers. Let’s dive in and see what’s caused the change.

A young asian woman relaxes in the bunk of a vintage motorhome wearing a cheetah print bowler hat.

Who Is a Zoomer? 

Zoomer is an unofficial name used to describe anyone born in the late 1990s and early 2000s. This generation typically goes by “Generation Z,” but “Zoomer” plays off the popular generational term “boomer” and the video conferencing program Zoom.

Boomers describe individuals born between 1946 and 1964. But if you were born between 1997 and 2012, you’re a zoomer.

How Old Is a Zoomer?

The first of the zoomers was born in 1996, and the last was born in 2012. This means zoomers range from 9 to 26 years old. This may appear to be a rather large gap, but as the generation ages, the gap will seem a little less extreme. 

Three gen z "zoomer" friends standing together near a wall.

You can expect those born in transitional years between generations to display characteristics of both the preceding and future generations. However, each person identifies with a different generation according to their values and perspective.

What Is the Difference Between a Millennial and a Zoomer?

Millennials were born between 1980 and 1995, while zoomers were born between 1996 and 2012. However, as Zoomers (Gen Z) are the newest generation, the end date can vary by a year or two, depending on who you ask.

Millennials are the last generation born before the internet dominated the lives of society. Gen Z will only know a world practically controlled through apps on their phone. If you’re a Zoomer, consider yourself lucky to be born after dial-up internet died.

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What Is the Zoomer Generation Known For?

While we typically frown upon assigning specific characteristics to large groups of people, it’s what society does when we apply titles to generations. 

However, each generation has unique characteristics and values different from the previous generation. Zoomers generally have easygoing personalities and community-focused mindsets.

Their access to high-speed internet and instant communication encourages a very fast-paced life. However, at the same time, they want to be as efficient as possible so they can enjoy life outside of their responsibilities. 

We have yet to see how this generation will grow and mold. However, with such massive advancements in technology, this generation will have no choice but to continue to embrace change when it comes to technology.

How Does Gen Z Travel?

Travel and experiences are two of the biggest priorities for Zoomers. Some travel experts estimate that 60% of the generation desire to travel the world. 

Because Zoomers have the benefits of the internet from such a young age, they have seen more exciting places. While previous generations may have traveled for pleasure, Gen Z wants to travel for adventure and action.

A gen z van lifer using a laptop in the bunk of her camper van.

Many Gen Z individuals enjoy booking their travels through online travel agencies. These typically provide them discounts, which can help them travel more frequently and to more exciting locations.

While much of the world slowed down during 2020, Zoomers were busy traveling the globe, as 40% of Gen Z travelers still traveled internationally while other generations kept their travels within the borders of the United States.

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How Much Does Gen Z Spend on Travel? 

Despite being the youngest consumer generation, Zoomers leave their mark on the travel industry. Some traveling experts even brand this generation as “The Traveling Generation.” 

Their research indicates that these individuals spend $250 to $750 when traveling. Additionally, they prioritize their experiences, especially through food.

Zoomers tend to love technology and social media. Traveling in an RV or conversion van has become incredibly popular on social media platforms. 

Zoomers usually love traveling and moving fast, precisely what RV life can provide. They see other individuals enjoying the life they dream of and find a way to make it happen. 

Thanks to remote working opportunities, the lifestyle is available to more people. Employers have become more flexible, allowing employees to work from anywhere in the world. 

As long as they can work without the quality suffering, many employers don’t mind where they work.

Is RVing Here to Stay? 

With the massive amount of RVs sold in recent years, RVing isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Families are heading out to campgrounds and embracing RV life as a means to fulfill a longing for adventure. 

While retired individuals may have dominated RV parks and campgrounds, they’ll likely need to make room for a younger generation. Campgrounds will start catering to younger customers. Maybe Zoomers and Boomers can unite in their desire to travel.

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