Travel plans for 2022 ‘surpass pre-pandemic levels’

More people are planning to travel in 2022 than those who actually travelled before the pandemic in 2019, according to research from Tripadvisor and Ipsos Mori.

Their report, Travel in 2022: A Look Ahead, is based on a survey of more than 10,000 people in key markets – including 2,199 adults in the UK – as well as Tripadvisor search data.

In the UK, 78% of respondents said that they are likely to travel for leisure in 2022, compared to 72% of those who said that they travelled for leisure in 2019.

A quarter (25%) of UK travellers said it is more important now than before the pandemic to splurge on a big trip – but overall, Brits are planning to spend slightly less on 2022 travel than they did in 2019 (-1%).

Kanika Soni, chief commercial officer at Tripadvisor, said: “Despite new variants of Covid-19, consumers across the globe still want to travel and explore.
“This is evident in our month-over-month search data which shows a consistent, healthy increase in page views post-Christmas.

“Travellers are quickly adapting to local public health conditions, with cleanliness and safety remaining important factors in their planning.”

Nearly three-quarters (73%) of Brits say they plan to travel within the UK for leisure, and 48% are planning to travel abroad.

More than a third of Brits (38%) said that travelling to a destination they’ve never been to before would be more important to them now, compared to trips they took in 2019.

Furthermore, 28% said it’s more important for them to plan an action-packed travel experience in 2022 or beyond.

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