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The average distance Indians travelled from June to August 2020 is down by 56% year-over-year.
- In 2019 (1st June to 31st August), Indian travellers journeyed on average 1,786 kilometres per booking. This year, that distance has dropped to just 780 kilometres per booking
- Domestic travel is the new normal. 67% of the total distance travelled by Indians between 1st June and 31st August 2020 was within the country
- New Delhi, Bengaluru, Gurgaon, Mumbai and Hyderabad featured as the top most booked destinations
- Motels, villas and hotels are the top 3 trending accommodation types for Indian travellers
Delving into the travel patterns of Indians in the last few months, the survey calculated that the average distance Indians travelled between June and August 2020 is down 56% compared with the same time last year, which is slightly lower than the global average of 63%. When looking back at the same time last year, Indian travellers journeyed on average 1,786 km per booking. In 2020, that distance has dropped to just 780 km per booking.
The survey was conducted among a sample of 50,688 respondents across 29 markets, including 1,997 from India. In order to participate in this survey, respondents had to be 18 years of age or older, had to have travelled at least once in the past 12 months and be either the primary decision maker or involved in the decision making of their travel.
Happiness isn't measured in kilometres
More than half (67 per cent) of the total distance travelled by Indians between 1 June and 31 August 2020 was within the country, compared to only 34 per cent during the same period of 2019.
New Delhi, Bengaluru, Gurgaon, Mumbai and Hyderabad featured as the top most booked destinations between June - August 2020 by Indian travellers.
When it comes to accommodation choice, Indian travellers were more likely to have opted for a motel than they were last year, followed by villa, hotel, lodge and homestay which all topped the rankings of trending accommodation types for Indian travellers. This rise in pitching tents shows the shift in travel types we’ve seen. When looking back at the end of 2019, before we knew that our 2020 travel plans would be clouded by a global pandemic, only 28% of Indians were intending to stay at a villa, 16% in motels and 63% were anticipating staying in traditional hotels.
The unexpected route to our travel plans
While the events of the year have led to seismic shifts in travel behaviors and destination choices, travel has still found a way to satisfy many travellers’ wanderlust. At the end of 2019, 51% of Indians were dreaming of beautiful beaches and 42% of bustling city trips. 40% even dreamt of traveling to visit family and friends before they knew their contact with them would have been limited this year.
Many of those travel desires would typically have been met with far flung destinations, but this year many have discovered these simple pleasures next door. So, whether it is exploring the pink city of Jaipur or soaking in the Nawabi culture of Hyderabad, the travel desires of many Indians have still been explored in 2020, just a little closer to home.