Finder’s Travel Index
People in the UK have the third 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 operating on reduced schedules. Finder is running monthly surveys in 19 countries, so far surveying 88,966 people to find out how the restrictions affect residents’ plans to travel domestically or internationally in the following months.
Travel sentiments in the UK
Interest for travel among Brits is on the rise. Finder’s April Travel Index reveals that nearly a quarter (23.65%) of those in the UK say they plan to travel in the next three months, up from 19.06% in March and just 10.71% in our February survey.
Domestic travel is on the rise, with Brits planning a vacation in May rising from 3.08% when asked during the February survey, to 4.79% in March and 9.05% at the time of the April survey.
While we saw a slight uptick in those who said they planned to travel internationally between the surveys, the number of people saying they have interest in travel outside the UK remains low.
British men plan to travel more than women
Men continue to plan on travelling more than women are, both domestically and internationally.
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.
How the rest of the world compares to the UK
Following the April survey, Malaysians were found the most likely travellers, with over two-fifths (44.36%) of those surveyed saying they will travel either domestically or internationally in May, June or July. This percentage is up from 38.52% in the March survey and 37.68% from the February survey.
The appetite for travel in India also jumped slightly between the 3 surveys, with 36.85% saying in the February survey they plan to travel in the coming three months, compared to 37.81% in March and now 41.15% following the April survey.
Rounding out the top 3 countries with the highest appetite for travel is the Philippines, with 38.58% saying in the April survey they plan to travel in the coming three months, compared to 35.27% in March and 38.77% in the February survey.
At the other end of the spectrum is Canada, which continues to have the lowest number of travellers, with only 16.49% planning travel in the coming three months, up slightly from 12.91% and 12.50% in the previous 2 surveys respectively.
Domestic travel in the next three months
Domestic travel is most popular in Malaysia, with 31.08% of the country’s citizens saying in our April survey they plan to travel in the coming three months, up slightly from the 27.53% who said the same in our March survey and 26.43% 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
As far as international travel is concerned, Malaysians have a slight edge, with 17.80% saying they plan to travel abroad, closely followed by Filipinos (16.87%) and Indians (15.50%).
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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