MUMBAI: After two years of off and on travel restrictions and rise and fall of three Covid waves, Indians are firming up their travel plans for the year 2022, according to the findings of a survey by an online travel company.
About 68% of Indians surveyed said that they are likely to travel domestically, while 39 % said they would travel internationally within nine months after the travel restrictions are lifted.
“Over a fifth (21%) of Indian travelers anticipate traveling domestically within one month of restrictions easing, in comparison with only 6% who are ready to jet set internationally, during the same time frame,” according to the findings of a survey commissioned by Agoda, an online travel agency.
The online survey was carried out between 21 and September 27 with a sample size of 1448 adults, the company said.
“A total 10% and 16% of Indians would like to wait for more than a year before they start domestic and international trips, respectively. However, the most cautious age group is the 45+ bracket, 28% of whom do not plan to travel until all Covid-19 travel restrictions are lifted,” the survey said.
Although international travel may have been put on pause for a short while, close to 39% of Indian travellers are expecting to travel to international destinations within 2022, it said.
Then again, almost three in five Indians (58%) surveyed said that they plan to take one to three vacations per year in the future followed by one in 10 planning to take four to six vacations, and just 4% to take seven to 10 breaks a year.
“While a quarter of people expect to take the same number of trips as the pre-pandemic times, the same amount plans to take more vacations every year in the future,” it said.
“Indian travellers are unstoppable in their desire to travel again both domestically and internationally, with almost half planning to take the same or more annual trips than prior to the pandemic,” said Krishna Rathi, country director – India, Sri Lanka and Nepal, Agoda.