Filipinos prefer safer travel options during COVID-19 pandemic — Airbnb

Filipinos hitting the road have no plans of exploring the hospital anytime soon, based on trends in travel behavior.

“Filipinos are veering away from mass travel toward less crowded, more mindful and slower travel,” according to the 2021 Philippines Travel Trends Survey commissioned by vacation rental platform Airbnb.

The survey conducted early February in collaboration with market research and data analytics firm YouGov sought to find the types of travel and connections Filipino locals are seeking this year, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

It found that 53% of respondents prefer traveling to less crowded, off-the-beaten-path destinations. Moreover, 41% prefer solo or small group trips, 38% want destinations and activities promoting health and wellness, and 29% look for leisure travel with a slower-paced schedule. Driving instead of flights and other modes of public transport appeal to 19%.

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