Covid changes travel trends, holiday goers plan a festive vacation with necessary precautions

Safety and hygiene take priority while planning a holiday.

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Most people are planning leisure trips for more than one month in advance to rest, relax and recuperate.
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NEW DELHI: Online travel portal Yatra.com said on Thursday it conducted its annual festive survey amongst 5000 respondents, highlighting what the travel trends look like in the new normal. The survey indicated an uptick in demand for travel as almost 75% of respondents said they are planning to take up a vacation compared to 2019 where 61% of respondents were willing to go on a holiday during the festive season.

The portal said the trend of advance booking continues with 39.3% of respondents planning leisure trips for more than one month in advance to rest, relax, and recuperate. Safety and hygiene take priority while planning a holiday as travelers are looking at the number of cases in the vicinity, sanitization measures adopted, government guidelines, amenities in case of emergency, among other factors.

The survey revealed that about 52.5% of respondents are seeking medical/travel insurance for the sake of security and more than 50% of respondents said that they would be prefer ordering room service rather than visiting restaurants and bars. About 72.1% of respondents said that they will be going through sanitization processes followed by monuments and tourist spots before planning a visit to them. This assurance is important as about 48.2% of respondents are planning their holiday with the family.


About 37.9% of respondents said they would like to visit the hills, to escape the monotony and stress brought by the pandemic. Budget travel continues to see a spike as 35.4% of respondents are keeping Rs.10,000-Rs.25,000 per person as set targets for their budget during vacations. Top destinations as per the survey included Himachal Pradesh, Goa and Uttarakhand.

Sabina Chopra, co-founder and COO, corporate travel and head, industry relations at Yatra.com, said: “Over the years, consumers have given priority to various aspects of travel while planning a trip to their desired locations. In 2020, they are looking at stringent safety and sanitization processes followed at every touchpoint of travel before choosing a location. At Yatra.com, we have witnessed an increase of about 36% in booking enquires as compared to initial COVID levels, which we expect to increase gradually as we move deeper in the festive season.”

As per the survey, about 38.2% of respondents would like to use social media platforms during a vacation and share their experience, closely followed by 37.8% of respondents who would like to switch off from their social media completely while travelling. About 35.3% of respondents would prefer 3-4-star hotels as accommodation options, followed by 21.2% of respondents who would like to take up 4-5-star properties. About 13.1% and 11% of respondents would like to stay in homestays and eco-resorts.
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As everyone takes shelter and practices social distancing, people are finding themselves spending more time than they ever have at home.



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