Singapore, Dubai and Bangkok top weekend getaway destinations for new year
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 popular options.
With around 15 long weekends lined up this year, Indian travellers are looking for the best destinations for vacations in the region, according to research data from travel search engine KAYAK.
Many people, 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, KAYAK said.
The platform carried out a travel data analysis regarding weekend getaway trends based on the search dates starting on January 1 to 15 when travellers searched for holiday getaways for travel dates January 1 to December 31, said a statement from the search engine.
The research suggests that festivals are new travel days as passionate travellers seek adventures abroad with the most popular travel weekend being Maha Shivratri, Holika Dahan and Good Friday.
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 travellers to better understand their own behaviour as well as that of the market - knowledge which they can use to save on future holidays."