In a world that has been grappling with the effects of the pandemic, many travellers have been itching to get back on the road and explore the wonders that the globe has to offer. Contiki, a leading travel company for young people, conducted a survey to understand the travel preferences and plans of 1,232 travellers as we step into a new era of exploration. In this article, we’ll dive deep into the results and share key insights that can help you better understand and plan your future adventures.
⚠️ Spoiler alert. You’re all gagging for it.
Vaccination + travel: The perfect combo
The desire to explore is so strong that many of you are more than willing to get vaccinated if it means you can start travelling again. While some understandably had concerns about travelling in the current climate, nearly 20% of you are itching to hop on the next flight. In fact, 58% of you would even be willing to travel today if it meant quarantining upon your return, and 67% would book a mystery ticket for a spontaneous adventure!
Safety first, of course
When asked about the importance of safety and wellness protocols, you rated them at a solid 8 out of 10. So, while you’re eager to get back on the road, you’re also committed to doing it safely.
Flexible bookings are a must
An impressive 86% of you said that free cancellation and booking flexibility (74%) are the top motivators for booking a trip right now. Discounts still hold strong as a booking incentive (72%), with three-quarters of you willing to pay upfront in full for a better deal.
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Seeking unique experiences
When it comes to your next trip, 86% of you are on the lookout for a unique experience – think bucket-list adventures, like safaris, stargazing, and discovering hidden gems off the beaten track. Food-focused activities (65%), such as wine tasting and cooking classes, and outdoor pursuits (62%), like cycling, hiking, and kayaking, were also popular choices.
Europe remains a top destination
Of all the places you’re longing to visit, Europe is still the ultimate dream destination, with 40% of you eager to explore its wonders. Asia came in second, with 11% of you keen to visit next. Despite the itch to travel abroad, 77% of you are planning more staycations and domestic trips this year, reflecting the likelihood of travel restrictions taking time to ease up fully.
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The value of travel has never been greater
An incredible 45% of you said that you now appreciate travel more than ever, and 21% of you intend to make more trips, more often. Moreover, 12% of you are keen to immerse yourselves in local cultures and stray from the tourist trail. Authentic experiences, genuine connections, and the desire to explore the world are now the main priorities for young travellers.
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Sustainable travel is the way forward
When it comes to travelling responsibly, 74% of you would opt for local markets, and 66% would avoid single-use plastics. Additionally, 60% of you want to find ways to support local wildlife and offset your carbon footprint.
Group travel with Contiki is on your radar
A whopping 94% of you would consider group travel with Contiki for your next adventure. With over 350+ unique trips, from Limited Edition journeys to Detour mini-adventures and 45+ day tours through Europe, there’s something for every with Contiki Tours!