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With almost 15 long weekends lined up this year, Indian travel enthusiasts are making the most of the chance to explore international over domestic destinations, according to a research. A number of individuals – either solo or with friends and family – are booking trips online. Travellers are no longer limiting their visits to domestic destinations, and international travel bookings are booming even for short weekend trips, as per the travel search engine KAYAK.
The platform carried out travel data analysis regarding weekend getaway trends based on the search dates starting on January 1 to 15 when travelers searched for holiday getaways for travel dates January 1 to December 31, said a statement. The research suggests that festivals are new travel days as passionate travelers seek adventures abroad with the most popular travel weekend being Maha Shivratri, Holika Dahan, and Good Friday. Singapore, Dubai, and Bangkok are ranked as the three most popular international destinations for weekend getaways in 2018, while on the domestic front, beach destinations like Goa, Mumbai, Port Blair, and Kochi are a popular option.
The average length of travel for the top five international destinations – Singapore, Dubai, Bangkok, Bali and Hong Kong was five to six days last year, which has increased this year to an average of seven to eight days. Abhijit Mishra, Regional Manager, India and the Middle East, KAYAK, said: “Releasing findings like this one is of great value as they help travelers to better understand their own behaviour as well as that of the market – knowledge which they can use to save on future holidays.”