With 330% Surge In Searches For South Goa, 400% For Europe, Indians Are Travelling Extensively

The most recent search data from Airbnb reveals a dynamic shift in Indian travellers for the long weekend.

by Tejashee Kashyap
With 330% Surge In Searches For South Goa, 400% For Europe, Indians Are Travelling Extensively

In a world that’s constantly on the move, the concept of leisure travel has evolved into a fundamental aspect of modern life. However, recent trends indicate a significant shift in the preferences of travelers especially for the upcoming long weekend. The most recent search data from Airbnb reveals a dynamic shift in Indian travellers’ travel inclinations as the festive holidays of Holi and Easter draw near.

Where Indian Travellers Are Going: Domestic Routes

The allure of pristine beaches and azure waters has always been a timeless draw for travellers seeking relaxation and rejuvenation. Indian tourists are expanding their horizons in search of unique and rewarding travel experiences, whether it’s the serene beaches of South Goa or the ancient grandeur of European towns like Athens and Istanbul.

With approximately 330% more searches for stays for the forthcoming long weekend, South Goa has become the most popular Indian destination domestically, demonstrating its attractiveness as the go-to beach location. From yoga retreats overlooking the sea to holistic spa treatments infused with local traditions, coastal destinations offer a holistic escape from the stresses of urban life. There’s also the cultural attraction of places like Varanasi, Jaipur, and Pondicherry, along with the popularity of hill stations like Mussoorie, Ooty, and Manali, which generate interest in short weekend trips during the forthcoming long weekend. Indian travellers search for beachfront accommodations, followed by amazing views and pools.

This trend reflects a desire for escapism and a deeper yearning for diverse experiences and cultural exploration.

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Where Travellers Are Going: International Routes

On the global front, Athens is the most popular destination with a 400% increase in searches. Currently, it is the top destination on Indian travellers’ wish lists. Istanbul, Bangkok, and Rome are in close succession. Indian tourists find great resonance in these cities’ combination of cultural vibrancy and historical richness. Bookings for non-urban places have increased by around 70% and family-centric searches have increased by about 20%. This indicates a notable trend towards peace and shared experiences.

Additionally, the surge in searches for European destinations reflects a growing interest in sustainable and responsible travel practices. With an increasing awareness of the environmental impact of tourism, travellers are seeking out eco-friendly accommodations. They are embracing slow travel principles that prioritise quality over quantity.

So, where are you heading for the long weekends?

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