Professionals in their 30s and 40s are beginning change their life objectives, reports Travelnoire. Flash Pack, a group travel company for solo travellers, published a study which shows that the participants would rather travel than get married, buy a house and have kids.

Settling down and having kids use to be the norm when one entered adulthood, but that seems to be changing. Just 18% of the participants list having kids among their life objectives; 20% said marriage was a need, while only 17% recorded purchasing a house as a goal.

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Exploring the world was indicated as a priority by more than 70% of the participants, which is also evident in the growth of British professionals using their hard-earned money to travel. 

In the TRUE LOVE November issue, four women with itchy feet shared how living remotely, in different parts of the world, had been their greatest gift. Nkuli Mlangeni, 36-year-old founder and creative director of The Ninetives, said she loves that with travelling, she sometimes finds herself in humbling circumstances where she doesn’t understand the local language, and is forced to depend on the kindness of others.

“Being in these, and other such challenging situations, makes me realise that I am this small human being in a big universe with lots to still learn,” she added. 

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The survey further reveals that over 50% of Americans from the ages of 30-49 would also prefer to use their savings for travelling, than to save for a deposit to buy a house. Some of the other adventures that people would like to do include viewing the Aurora Borealis, cooking with a Michelin-featured gourmet chef, and visiting on a private island.

However, Flash Pack pioneer Lee Thompson says parenthood isn't totally ruled out. “Over the last three years, we’ve seen an 87% increase in customers coming to us after postponing goals previously held-up as important for the age bracket. This isn’t to say that having children or ‘settling down’ isn’t on the cards. Nowadays, it’s our thirties, and even forties, where we can take stock, investing hard-earned salaries into amazing experiences that really will set us up for the next phase."