Young Travellers Say They’ll Live Now, Make Money Later
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    HOUSE MEDIAN ASKING PRICES AND WEEKLY CHANGE     Sydney $1,516,817 (-0.06%)       Melbourne $971,359 (-1.00%)       Brisbane $819,969 (+2.77%)       Adelaide $731,547 (+1.72%)       Perth $621,459 (+0.34%)       Hobart $751,359 (-0.46%)       Darwin $633,554 (-4.02%)       Canberra $1,005,229 (+2.77%)       National $966,406 (+0.40%)                UNIT MEDIAN ASKING PRICES AND WEEKLY CHANGE     Sydney $700,089 (-0.30%)       Melbourne $470,277 (-0.26%)       Brisbane $404,718 (+2.58%)       Adelaide $332,602 (+1.44%)       Perth $348,181 (-0.09%)       Hobart $551,005 (+2.68%)       Darwin $355,689 (-3.55%)       Canberra $477,440 (+4.12%)       National $484,891 (+0.89%)                HOUSES FOR SALE AND WEEKLY CHANGE     Sydney 8,451 (-507)       Melbourne 12,654 (-279)       Brisbane 9,158 (+847)       Adelaide 2,765 (-40)       Perth 9,974 (+39)       Hobart 595 (+36)       Darwin 247 (-1)       Canberra 666 (-49)       National 44,510 (+46)                UNITS FOR SALE AND WEEKLY CHANGE     Sydney 8,895 (+164)       Melbourne 8,149 (-24)       Brisbane 2,260 (+33)       Adelaide 649 (+5)       Perth 2,489 (-21)       Hobart 101 (-3)           Canberra 430 (+13)       National 23,351 (+167)                HOUSE MEDIAN ASKING RENTS AND WEEKLY CHANGE     Sydney $630 $0       Melbourne $470 $0       Brisbane $460 ($0)       Adelaide $495 (+$5)       Perth $500 ($0)       Hobart $550 $0       Darwin $600 ($0)       Canberra $700 ($0)       National $562 (+$)                UNIT MEDIAN ASKING RENTS AND WEEKLY CHANGE     Sydney $540 (+$10)       Melbourne $410 (+$2)       Brisbane $460 (+$10)       Adelaide $380 $0       Perth $440 (-$10)       Hobart $450 $0       Darwin $500 ($0)       Canberra $550 $0       National $473 (+$2)                HOUSES FOR RENT AND WEEKLY CHANGE     Sydney 5,470 (-50)       Melbourne 7,404 (-70)       Brisbane 1,986 (-122)       Adelaide 875 (-29)       Perth 1,838 (-38)       Hobart 254 (+18)       Darwin 70 (-3)       Canberra 388 (+17)       National 18,285 (-277)                UNITS FOR RENT AND WEEKLY CHANGE     Sydney 10,652 (+58)       Melbourne 9,001 (-180)       Brisbane 1,567Brisbane 1,679 (-62)       Adelaide 403 (+4)       Perth 1,050 (-21)       Hobart 87 (+1)       Darwin 131 (-10)       Canberra 453 (+43)       National 23,344 (-167)                HOUSE ANNUAL GROSS YIELDS AND TREND       Sydney 2.16% (↑)      Melbourne 2.52% (↑)        Brisbane 2.92% (↓)       Adelaide 3.52% (↓)       Perth 4.18% (↓)     Hobart 3.81% (↑)      Darwin 4.92% (↑)        Canberra 3.62% (↓)       National 3.03% (↓)            UNIT ANNUAL GROSS YIELDS AND TREND       Sydney 4.01% (↑)      Melbourne 4.53% (↑)        Brisbane 5.91% (↓)       Adelaide 5.94% (↓)       Perth 6.57% (↓)       Hobart 4.25% (↓)     Darwin 7.31% (↑)        Canberra 5.99% (↓)       National 5.07% (↓)            HOUSE RENTAL VACANCY RATES AND TREND         Sydney 1.5% (↓)       Melbourne 1.9% (↓)       Brisbane 0.6% (↓)       Adelaide 0.5% (↓)       Perth 1.0% (↓)     Hobart 0.8% (↑)        Darwin 0.9% (↓)       Canberra 0.6% (↓)     National 1.2%        National 1.2% (↓)            UNIT RENTAL VACANCY RATES AND TREND         Sydney 2.3%ey 2.4% (↓)       Melbourne 3.0% (↓)       Brisbane 1.3% (↓)       Adelaide 0.7% (↓)     Perth 1.3% (↑)        Hobart 1.2% (↓)     Darwin 1.1% (↑)        Canberra 1.6% (↓)     National 2.1%       National 2.1% (↓)            AVERAGE DAYS TO SELL HOUSES AND TREND         Sydney 31.2 (↓)       Melbourne 30.9 (↓)       Brisbane 35.7 (↓)       Adelaide 27.6 (↓)       Perth 40.5 (↓)       Hobart 30.2 (↓)       Darwin 27.1 (↓)     Canberra 28.1 (↑)        National 31.4 (↓)            AVERAGE DAYS TO SELL UNITS AND TREND         Sydney 33.7 (↓)       Melbourne 32.6 (↓)       Brisbane 34.8 (↓)       Adelaide 29.5 (↓)       Perth 46.6 (↓)       Hobart 27.4 (↓)       Darwin 38.2 (↓)       Canberra 30.2 (↓)       National 34.1 (↓)           
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Young Travellers Say They’ll Live Now, Make Money Later

Gen Z vacationers say they are making rigorous budgets behind the scenes to keep track of costs.

By Ayse Kelce
Thu, Aug 25, 2022 9:32amGrey Clock 3 min

Cameon Wade felt like the pandemic had robbed her of her early 20s.

So, after getting into a film program at Prague Film Institute, she travelled by herself across Europe this summer. Originally, she was planning to only travel for the program, but ended up going to seven cities in five countries in the course of three weeks to make up for the lack of travelling during the pandemic.

“The whole pandemic, I felt like the years were taken away from what was supposed to be the best years of my life and college,” she said.

Young people have always taken trips during college years, gap years or after college. This year, however, the winding down of Covid-19 travel restrictions in many countries gave many the freedom they didn’t have in the past few years.

Many of these students or recent graduates are now taking more elaborate and in some cases more expensive vacations than they expected to take at this age, say some young graduates. Overall, 72% of Gen Zers between the ages 18 and 25 surveyed in April were likely to take a summer vacation, more than any other age group, a recent Bankrate survey found.

Even so, those taking larger vacations recognize it isn’t an easy decision. In the U.S., young people between the ages of 18 to 34 had the lowest median weekly checking-account balances when compared with older age groups for the past two years, according to a recent study by JPMorgan Chase Institute.

To make up for the extra costs, these young vacationers say they are making rigorous budgets and doing financial planning behind the scenes to keep costs from skyrocketing.

Many say they believe the vacations themselves will deliver justifiable returns down the road. On TikTok, thousands of young people have posted videos of their travels with the phrase “I will make my money back.” Most videos show beautiful landscapes or dinners, but also an awareness in the captions of the financial sacrifice that comes with travelling.

“You want to frame it in such a way that, yes, this is a financial sacrifice,” said Scott Rick, an associate professor of marketing at the University of Michigan, who studies emotional causes and consequences of consumer financial decision-making. “But this is a calculated decision on my part.”

Ms. Wade posted her TikTok video in June with the caption “I’ll make my money back, but I’ll never be 20 scootering around Paris at night again.” More than three million viewers saw the clip.

After getting accepted to the film program, Ms. Wade started doing research about how much she needed to make the trip happen. “Once I realized it was possible, it was a no-brainer,” she said.

She said she paid for all of her expenses herself, using her income from her four poetry books and a part-time job to fund the trip. She also took advantage of student discounts at museums, stayed in cheaper hostels, opted for the cheapest meal options and relied on public transportation to stay on budget.

The idea behind these vacations is that an experience will have a longer lasting social benefit. Cassie Holmes, a professor at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, said several studies back up the thinking that experiences lead to greater initial happiness and provide greater lasting happiness than material possessions.

As people get older, they start to realize that engaging in experiences will bring them greater happiness, she says. In many ways, the pandemic simply got younger people to realize this benefit earlier.

“Vacations are the experiences that not only sort of generate initial happiness, but they continue to make you feel happier as you revisit them,” Ms. Holmes said.

Isabelle Lieblein, 22, was supposed to study abroad in Germany in 2020, but the pandemic disrupted her plans.

“Before Covid, I said no to trips to save up to go to Germany, and then it didn’t happen. It really changed my outlook,” she said.

Ms. Lieblein kept working throughout the lockdown to build up her savings and spent a semester studying abroad in Germany after the travel restrictions were lifted. She travelled to 19 countries during her study abroad period and paid for the entire trip with her savings.

Throughout her backpacking adventures in Europe, Ms. Lieblein was interviewing for jobs with plans to start after her graduation from Kettering University in Flint, Mich., and her trip. Ms. Lieblein started a full-time job as a quality engineer in February. On TikTok, she shared a video encouraging other young people to invest in experiences such as travel after she ended up making the money she spent back.

Having this experience, she said, is worth the coming financial challenges.

“I wanted to take advantage of it even if that means that I’m eating ramen until I get my first paycheck when I get back, that’s worth it to me,” she said.

Reprinted by permission of The Wall Street Journal, Copyright 2021 Dow Jones & Company. Inc. All Rights Reserved Worldwide. Original date of publication: August 19, 2022.


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A leading property academic has described navigating the current Australian housing market ‘like steering a ship through a thick fog while trying to avoid obstacles’.

Lecturer in RMIT’s School of Property Construction and Project Management Dr Woon-Weng Wong said the combination of consecutive interest rate rises aimed at combating high inflation, higher property prices during the pandemic and cost of living pressures such as the end of the fuel excise that occurred this week made it increasingly difficult for those looking to enter or upgrade to find the right path.

“Property prices grew by approximately 25 percent over the pandemic so it’s unsurprising that much of that growth ultimately proved unsustainable and the market is now correcting itself,” Dr Wong says. “Despite the recent softening, the market is still significantly above its long-term trend and there are substantial headwinds in the coming months. Headline inflation is still red hot, and the central bank won’t back down until it reins in these spiralling prices.” 

This should be enough to give anyone considering entering the market pause, he says.

“While falling house prices may seem like an ideal situation for those looking to buy, once the high interest rates, taxes and other expenses are considered, the true costs of owning the property are much higher,” Dr Wong says. 

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