The Key Takeaways More, more, more—travelers are demanding (and spending) at rates similar to (or surpassing) those prior to the pandemic.With travel and bookings within the Indagare community returning to (or exceeding) pre-covid levels, there continues to be pent-up travel demand and a desire to make up for lost time—96 percent of those surveyed in late-August and September said they are planning more/the same trips; 53 percent are planning more trips. Even with the challenges of airlines, understaffing and higher prices (“more frustration, more crowds, more delays” cited one respondent)—our community is interested in traveling more, and for longer, than during the past year. Despite increasing costs, travelers we polled intend to spend more across the board to travel in 2024: 46 percent plan to spend more on hotels; 45 percent expect to spend more on airfare and 42 percent on restaurants and special experiences; 31 percent plan to spend more on touring.
“Travel has become even more important to me. I want to see the world, so I will return to spots I have loved, but add new trips. I allow myself a variety of trips—family, romantic couple, girlfriends—and my own time for retreats, diving into the cultures through all elevated groups. I switch between private villas and hotels on purpose. I spend even more on travel than before. I research differently for different trips.”-A traveler in our Fall 2023 Sentiment Survey Where to next? The top travel destinations & the types of trips that travelers are dreaming of most right nowWhat are the destinations Indagare travelers say they are extremely/somewhat likely to travel to in 2024? It was no surprise, based on the trends we’ve been seeing within the Indagare community in recent months that the U.S. (91 percent) and Europe (89 percent) took the top spots, while the Caribbean was third at 46 percent. And Asia, back on the traveler’s map again post-Covid, had significant interest with just shy of 40 percent of travelers expressing interest. Mexico and Canada were not far behind at 35 percent; and Central + South America (33 percent) and Africa (32 percent), respectively. While the poll was taken prior to recent terrorist attacks in Israel, there had also been significant interest in travel to the Middle East (27 percent), along with Australia (23 percent)—the latter, proof of an increasing interest in far-flung trips.The Indagare Bookings team has also been seeing similar results. Some of our team took part in their own travel poll. The most requested cities: Paris, London, Rome, plus Capri came up most. And while the most requested regions for 2023 and 2024 travel include France, Italy and much of Western Europe, results also indicated that big “bucket list” trips are especially popular at the moment: Members of our community are looking to make up for lost time in far-flung places beyond Europe, like New Zealand, many African countries (including for safari, especially in Rwanda) and Japan.