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The Gap Year grows up: Aloft Hotels joins the rising ‘Time Out’ travel movement

Mar 17, 2016

STAMFORD, CT - Taking a cross-country or cross-continent Gap Year? Aloft Hotels is ready for your arrival. Aloft Hotels, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.’s innovation incubator for today’s savvy global traveler, is jumping in front of the Gap Year movement, which has been steadily gaining momentum around the world. For years, the go-to accommodations for Gap Year travelers have been stodgy hostels, but as more and more people of all psychographics have been embracing Gap Years, the demand for an elevated, yet affordable option is rising. Enter, Aloft. Starting today, the leading-edge hotel brand is embarking on a cross-country adventure with Andrea Wien, Aloft Gap Year Ambassador and author of “GAP TO GREAT: A PARENT'S GUIDE TO GAP YEAR” in addition to introducing Gap Year rates, exclusively for travelers to take advantage of the Aloft brand’s impressive global footprint and innovative mindset.

“We always say that Aloft Hotels doesn’t appeal to one demographic, it appeals to those of a similar psychographic— those early adopter, perpetually curious travelers who want something different,” said Paige Francis, Vice President of Global Marketing, Aloft Hotels. “These travelers are the ones taking time off to find themselves or in some cases, lose themselves in local cultures and experiences. They love staying with us on these journeys, and fortunately, because of our impressive footprint, Gap Year travelers can find us just about everywhere.”

Aloft + Andrea Wien Ultimate Gap Year Tour

To celebrate the movement, Aloft is hitting the road on a cross-country Gap Year adventure with Andrea Wien, author of “GAP TO GREAT: A PARENT'S GUIDE TO GAP YEAR.” The tour kicks off today at Aloft Portland Airport at Cascade Station (Portland, OR), followed by stops at Aloft San Francisco Airport, Aloft Denver Downtown, Aloft Austin at The Domain, Aloft Houston By The Galleria, Aloft New Orleans, Aloft Tallahassee Downtown, Aloft Birmingham Soho Square, Aloft Nashville Cool Springs, Aloft Asheville Downtown, Aloft Chapel Hill and Aloft Boston Seaport. Andrea will document her journey via social media offering Gap Year tips, tricks and her picks for making the most of each city. Follow along on Twitter, Instagram and Periscope. The more than 6,000-mile journey will wrap at the newly opened Aloft Boston Seaport and Element Boston Seaport dual-branded hotel complex at the end of April.

The Changing Face of the Gap Year Movement

Historically, Gap Years have been rights-of-passage usually dominated by those between high school and college or between college and graduate school. However, over the years, as travel has become more accessible and the economy has improved, other demographics (and even more so, other psychographics) are jumping on the sabbatical bandwagon. Now, Gap Years are taken in-between jobs, after a major life event or by the silver haired post-retiree, pre-launching their next chapter passion project. What was once painted as a way for young adults to learn independence has now branched out, but one common theme rings true – the desire to explore the world, see other cultures and have authentic experiences while on the road.

The Gap Year grows up: Aloft Hotels joins the rising ‘Time Out’ travel movement

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