May 10. Amid ongoing predictions for intense inflation this summer, travelers are still planning to spend more on travel this year than they did during pre-pandemic times, according to a new report by Skyscanner. The trends report released Tuesday reveals changes in booking demand and behavior amongst global travelers that could help forge the recovery of international travel and aviation in 2022.
A staggering 86 percent of survey respondents said that they plan to spend at least the same or even more on international travel than they did in 2019, with half of that number planning to spend more. Respondents from the US alone echo that ratio — 76 percent of travelers said that they plan to spend the same or more on international travel than they did three years ago, and 43 percent said they are planning to spend more.
Not only are travelers looking to spend more on travel as a whole, but they are also making adjustments to the way they are traveling. Of the respondents that said they would spend more in 2022, 48 percent are dedicating their increased spend towards longer trips. For some, the shift in travel behavior depends on where the travelers choose to travel — for Australians, many holiday destinations tend to be farther away, hence the popularity of longer trips.