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Wanderlust 2019: Kashmir, Goa top places in India; Australia favourite destination abroad; solo trips continue to dominate travel

This year was primarily about solo travels.

, ET Online|
Updated: Dec 13, 2019, 07.27 PM IST
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Kashmir, Goa, Auli were few of the most-booked, popular desinations within India.
NEW DELHI: "Live with no excuses and travel with no regrets” - Oscar Wilde

The millennials and Gen Z are known to live by this quote. With financial independence and desire to live a better life, the youth of the nation have managed to satisfy their curiosity to see the world.

Quenching the thirst for wanderlust this year, globetrotters searched the most for cities like Milan, Sri Lanka, Barcelona, Phuket and Amsterdam, according to Google's 2019 'Year in Search' list. The other five, trending international cities were Paro, Istanbul, Moscow, Seoul and Osaka.

Most Indians are booking their tickets to London in Europe and San Franciso in the USA, according to Balu Ramachandran, Senior Vice President of Cleartrip. Australia, South Africa, Canada, Japan and Sri Lanka made it to the top five trending countries to vacation for Indians.

Back home, Kashmir, Shillong and Munnar were the top three, most-searched vacation destinations in the Google's 'Year in Search' list. The other cities include Auli, Spiti Valley, Cherrapunji, Kotagiri, Kinnaur, Tirthan Valley and Delhi. As per Cleartrip and Paytm's report, Port Blair, Jaipur, Manali, Goa, Udaipur and Guwahati are the most-booked, popular desinations within India.

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More women travellers are choosing to travel solo.

If you are one of those who likes to explore holiday destinations all by yourself, you are are not alone. While 2018 was more about travelling with families and taking group vacations, this year has been primarily about solo travels.

In an email interaction with ET Online, Dharamveer Singh Chouhan, co-founder and CEO of Zostel, revealed that solo trips are one of the most-preferred travel options, and have been on the rise for the fifth consecutive year, especially during the holiday season.

Furthermore, a Paytm Travel spokesperson shared that solo male and female trips have increased by 24 per cent and 30 per cent, respectively. Chouhan mentioned that more women travellers are taking up solo travels, and the company has observed the biggest gains coming from that trend (approximately 80 per cent YoY).

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Satiate The Wanderlust In You

21 Dec, 2019
All the travel junkies out there, if there is one listicle you must focus on, it’s this one. With 2019 travel goals (hopefully) met, it’s time to start planning for the 2020 holidays. Booking.com has delved into global booking trends to reveal 10 of the top emerging travel destinations for 2020. Jodhpur from India has found its spot among the top 10 list, alongside some lesser known spots in Eastern Europe to under-the-radar spots in Asia. Commenting on the study, Ritu Mehrotra, Country Manager, India, Sri Lanka and Maldives for Booking.com said, “As we proceed towards a new decade, we will see travel becoming more and more sustainable and technologically-advanced, further aided by enhanced services and offerings that enable the modern day inquisitive traveller to experience the world. 81% of Indian travellers say that in 2020 they want to go somewhere that offers experiences they’ve never had before. From catering to their peaked interest in lesser known destinations to counter over-tourism, to customised travel recommendations, we want to ensure that the travellers have the most diverse selection of places to stay at as we help them prepare and plan their travel in 2020 and beyond.” Here’s where you should be headed to satiate the wanderbug in you.
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