Beach destinations are the top choices this winter

Sun sets in the sea at Miramar beach in Goa
Sun sets in the sea at Miramar beach in Goa

The top domestic destination choices for Indians this season include Goa, Kerala and Andaman and Nicobar islands. Indians are still keen to travel this winter in spite of there being no respite from high airfares or the rupee valuation. Findings from a survey by Yatra.com, among India’s leading online travel portals has revealed that 69 per cent Indians are still keen on travelling this winter.

India is the most preferred destination this winter season with three fourths of the respondents willing to take their year-end holidays within the country. Rest one-fourth respondents would like to plan their vacations abroad to destinations like Dubai, Europe and South East Asia. While about 59 per cent of the respondents are looking forward to a relaxed holiday at some exotic location (with more than 44 per cent keen to go with their families), 20 per cent are planning to spend quality time with their loved ones on a romantic getaway.

Backwaters of Aleppy in Kerala
Backwaters of Aleppy in Kerala

Majority of the respondents, around 46 per cent, would prefer holiday packages to weekend breaks and road trips. Interestingly, despite the rising cost of travel, 22 per cent of the respondents are willing to travel but will do so by cutting down on their shopping spends  followed closely by 21 per cent who will choose to travel with a budget carrier and 20 per cent who have said that they don’t mind reducing the duration of their holiday. This is a strong indication of the sentiment of travellers this season who will travel although with minor alterations to neutralise the rise in costs. The survey was conducted among 15,000 individuals,  and revealed that the typical travel budget this winter will range between Rs. 25,000 to Rs. 50,000 per person with majority of the respondents preferring to go for a 5-10 days holiday.

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