Maldives ‘tops 2021 holiday searches’

Long-haul countries are emerging as the most popular post-Covid destinations people want to visit in 2021.

Holidaymakers appear to be looking to travel far from home next year with the Maldives top of the list ahead of Mexico and Thailand.

The US, Mauritius and South Africa are other long-haul destinations under consideration for post-Covid travel.

Analysis of Google search data by Club Med also shows Turkey, Spain, Malta and Portugal in the top ten.

This follows Greece coming out on top this year following months of uncertainty and Covid restrictions.

The country was one of the first to open back up to travellers after the first lockdown and since then has been a popular spot for British holidaymakers.

The Maldives was the second most popular country for 2020 followed by Turkey.

A Club Med spokesperson said: “People who have saved up over lockdown may now have more disposable income meaning a Maldives holiday that may traditionally be too expensive is now officially on the cards.

“People looking to travel closer to home and spend their holidays in the UK increased massively over the past year with 49,470 people looking for staycations.

“With more restrictions preventing people from taking an overseas holiday, they instead spent time exploring the great outdoors in their own country.”

Share article

View Comments

Jacobs Media is honoured to be the recipient of the 2020 Queen's Award for Enterprise.

The highest official awards for UK businesses since being established by royal warrant in 1965. Read more.