It’s no secret that millennial journey is a big pattern, with many group tour operators providing particular budget-conscious journeys, or ones with age limits. REI is the newest to hitch recreation, with 9 new tour choices throughout 4 completely different geographical areas.

For now, REI is specializing in a couple of bucket-list-worthy journey journeys. From Colombia off-the-beaten-path (assume Medellin, not Cartagena) to tenting within the Sonoran Desert, the journeys are targeted on “prioritizing experiences over issues.” All the choices have an emphasis on native and energetic journey.

Every journey is crafted with the millennial mindset. “Our workforce has taken nice care to design extremely energetic itineraries with the appropriate stability of downtime, and most significantly that facilitate a neighborhood for youthful vacationers to journey deeply and responsibly with their friends,” stated Justin Wooden, senior supervisor of journey journey at REI, in a press launch.

Price range and worth are entrance of thoughts, with journeys providing modest lodging, low cost meals, and no hidden charges. Costs begin at $850 for REI members. And if saving cash is in your thoughts, REI is increasing its used gear and rental applications, so it can save you extra by renting your energetic gear by way of the corporate’s retail areas.

For enjoyable, I requested a few of my SmarterTravel millennial-aged colleagues their ideas on the matter: Nevin Spearman, who hasn’t been on an organized group tour earlier than says he’d think about an REI journey and, “I just like the energetic choices, and a few within the U.S. imply cheaper airfare.” His prime decide is the Nice Smoky Mountains – Hops, Hikes & Rapids itinerary.

Cara Sweeney, who has been on an organized group tour together with her household about 10 years in the past says she’d think about an REI journey and, “[the options] appear actually distinctive and superior. I’d probably wish to encourage a buddy or two to attend the identical journey as me.” Her journey of alternative can be the Nice Smoky Mountains – Hops, Hikes & Rapids itinerary.

Why the 35 age restrict? Based on the press launch, 20 p.c of REI members are within the 21 to 35 age vary, however REI’s web site says, “we gained’t card you.” So when you’ve got the mindset of millennial and these journeys are enticing to you, you’ll in all probability match proper in.

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Discover extra data on REI’s Below-35 adventures right here, and beneath.

REI Below 35 Journeys:

Latin America

  • Colombia Explorer – Medellin, Misplaced Metropolis Trek, Tayrona Seashores | Below 35
  • Peru Multisport – Machu Picchu to Rainbow Mountain | Below 35

North America

  • Sonoran Desert Stars – Hike, Camp, MTB, Repeat | Below 35
  • Backpacking Joshua Tree | Below 35
  • Nice Smoky Mountains – Hops, Hikes & Rapids | Below 35
  • Wild Whistler Backpacking | Below 35


  • Amalfi Coast & Sicily – Hike, Eat, Summit | Below 35
  • Greek Islands Wanderer – Hike, Feast, Discover | Below 35


  • Vietnam Multisport – Spectacular Spelunking | Below 35

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