A new survey conducted by G Adventures shows that 73% of travellers want their travel dollars to benefit local people post-COVID-19.
As we look ahead to when we can travel again, it’s clear Aussie travellers want to make a difference with their holiday choices; they want to immerse themselves in local culture and ensure their travel benefits local people in the destinations they visit, which are likely to be more remote or lesser-visited places than they would have travelled to pre-pandemic.
The results come from a recent survey conducted by G Adventures. The survey of Aussie and Kiwi travellers was designed to reveal travellers’ ‘retravel resolutions’ in terms of why they want to head out into the world again, what is most important to them when they do, and how they will change their travel behaviours to have a more positive impact on the planet and its people.
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When asked the main reason why they wanted to travel again, the top answer from travellers was to immerse themselves in a different culture (66%) followed by the desire to reconnect with the world (49%), with one third of travellers (37%) also looking to connect with nature on their next international trip.
When it comes to what is important to Aussies and Kiwis when they travel again, the majority consider the most important factor in their holiday choice to be that their money benefits local people (73%) followed by ensuring wildlife is protected where they go (53%). Nearly half of travellers (46%) want to avoid over-touristed destinations on their next trip, with 54% stating that they will visit more remote places / less visited areas of a destination when they retravel.
The respondents were also asked to commit to one ‘big small action’ they could take to ensure they travel better, as and when international travel returns. The most common commitment was to support local people and businesses at 37%. This was closely followed by doing more research before they book their trip at 34%, with a further 17% of travellers making a commitment to reduce plastic and / or bring a reusable bottle with them when they go.
Bruce Poon Tip, founder, G Adventures, says the results give agents reason to book their travellers now for travel later once restrictions are lifted.
“It’s apparent travellers want their holidays to be more meaningful after this forced hiatus for international travel.”
Bruce Poon Tip, founder, G Adventures
“They want their money to support local people in the destinations they go to and the best way for people to show their support now is to make a commitment to travel, so these communities can benefit later.”
“We understand there’s uncertainty in terms of when people will be able to travel, but with our flexible booking conditions customers can have peace of mind, as well as a trip booked to look forward to when restrictions lift. We know there is pent-up demand building, so now is the time to be booking ahead for when we can travel again,” says Poon Tip.
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