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Finder’s Travel Index

Kiwis have the 3rd-lowest interest in travel in the coming three months.

Countries are still restricting movements a year into the global COVID-19 pandemic, with some borders closed and airlines running reduced schedules. Finder is running monthly surveys in 19 countries, so far surveying 118,305 people to find out how the restrictions affect residents’ plans to travel domestically or internationally in the following months.

Travel sentiments in New Zealand

Interest for travel among Kiwis is on the up slightly compared to last month. Finder’s May Travel Index reveals that 20.56% of New Zealanders say they plan to travel in the next three months, up from 19.60% in the April survey. Earlier this year, interest around travel was 22.44% in March and 21.05% in the February survey.

Domestic

Interest in domestic travel is rising compared to the previous survey, with New Zealanders planning a vacation in June going from 4.80% when asked during the April survey and now sits at 10.48% following the results of the May survey.

International

In May, 6.79% of Kiwi adults said they have plans to travel abroad in the coming three months, up slightly from 6.10% when asked in April.

Kiwi men plan to travel more than women

More men than women say they plan to travel in the coming three months, with 21.49% of men saying they’re planning a trip compared to 18.21% of women.

Men domestic travel

Women domestic travel

Men international travel

Women international travel

Domestic travel remains popular with all ages

Domestic travel is still the most popular form of travel for each age bracket.

Domestic travel

International travel

How the rest of the world compares to New Zealand

Following the May survey, Italians were found the most likely travellers, with 42.98% of those surveyed saying they will travel either domestically or internationally in June, July or August. This percentage is up from 37.83% in the April survey. When surveyed in March, 34.46% of Italians said they had travel plans, with 33.36% saying the same in February.

French people come in with the second-highest appetite for travel, with 42.65% saying they have travel plans in the coming three months. When asked in April, 35.71% said they were travelling in the coming three months, 29.87% when asked in March and 24.63% when the survey ran in February.

Rounding out the top three countries with the highest appetite for travel is the Russians, with 40.49% saying they plan to travel in the coming three months in May, compared to 36.59% in April, 36.36% in March and 28.27% in the February survey.

At the other end of the spectrum are Canadians, who continue to have the lowest number of travellers, with only 16.99% planning travel in the coming three months, following 16.49%, 12.91% and 12.50% in the previous three surveys respectively.

% of men and women planning travel in the next three months

As far as the sexes go, the highest percentage of women planning travel in the coming three months is in Italy (41.92%), whereas the highest percentage of men booking travel are in France (48.41%).

Domestic travel in the next three months

Domestic travel is most popular in France, with 35.60% of the country’s citizens saying they plan to travel in the coming three months following the May survey, up from the 28.78% who said the same in our April survey. Before that 23.33% said they would be travelling domestically in the March survey and 19.99% when asked in February.

Planning a trip too far ahead of time may be a thing of the past. In the majority of countries, travel is at its highest in the month immediately following the survey.

International travel in the next three months

Dutch people lead the way as far as international travel is concerned, with 17.15% saying they plan to travel abroad, followed by Russians (16.11%) and Filipinos (15.44%).

While there is huge variance for domestic travel, international travel is fairly uniform in regard to the percentage from each country planning to travel during the coming three months. This probably has more to do with uncertainty around borders, excessive flight costs and the chance of cancellations interrupting trips and leaving travellers out of pocket.

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