KAYAK reveals the monsoon travel trends for 2023!

Goa, Delhi, and Srinagar are the most searched domestic destinations for flights by Indian holidaymakers this monsoon season

International flight searches increased by 24% compared to last year despite 11% increase in prices

Indian travellers embark on a self-guided adventures with a 103% surge in domestic car rental searches

New Delhi, India: The monsoon is a welcome respite from the grueling summer heat.  And it is evident from the increased flight and hotel searches on KAYAK that Indian travelers plan to quench their wanderlust this season.

According to new search insights by KAYAK.co.in, the world’s leading travel search engine, more Indians are searching to travel this monsoon (travel between  22.06.2023 – 31.08.2023) as compared to last year. This bears out in the data which shows that domestic flight searches have increased by around 32%, and international flight searches have increased by around 24% for the monsoon season. The increased travel interest is seen despite an average increase by 8% in domestic flight prices and 11% increase in international flight prices.

The average return economy flight price domestically stands at INR 10,701 while the average return economy international flight is priced at INR 80,877.

When it comes to the most searched domestic destinations for flights, Goa (9%), New Delhi (43%), and Srinagar (64%) took the top three spots. For those planning an overseas vacation, Bali (35%), London (11%), and Toronto (27%) emerged as the most searched destinations.

Apart from most searched locations, KAYAK also unveiled trending destinations that have witnessed the largest spike in searches as compared to last year. The most trending domestic destinations include Srinagar (₹13,567), Bengaluru (₹8,995) and Chennai (₹7,9127), while internationally these include Phuket (₹26,578), Bali (₹37,293), and Los Angeles (₹117,289).

Most searched domestic destinations for travel in the Monsoon Season*

Based on flight searches made on KAYAK.co.in

Average Return Economy flight price for travel in the holiday period

Average percentage in searches  change compared to 2022

  1. Goa, India

₹7,957

9%

  1. New Delhi, India

₹10,183

43%

  1. Srinagar, India

₹13,567

64%

  1. Bengaluru, India

₹8,995

56%

  1. Mumbai,India

₹12,035

43%

Most searched international destinations for travel in the Monsoon Season*

Based on flight searches made on KAYAK.co.in

Average Return Economy flight price for travel in the holiday period

Average percentage in searches  change compared to 2022

  1. Bali, Indonesia

₹37,293

35%

  1. London, United Kingdom

₹79,918

11%

  1. Toronto, Canada

₹139,158

27%

  1. New York, United States

₹110,028

1%

  1. Bangkok, Thailand

₹19,716

50%

Average hotel prices for both domestic and international hotels have increased by around 10% and 12% respectively. Yet, there has been an increase in hotel searches for destinations in India by around 4% and for hotels internationally by around 86% as holidaymakers plan to make the most of the monsoon.

Tarun Tahiliani, India Country Manager at KAYAK, said, “Evidently, the monsoon season is igniting the spirit of adventure among Indian travellers. Despite price increases, Indian travellers are planning trips to popular domestic destinations like Goa and Delhi as well as to international hotspots like London and Bali, to truly embrace the monsoon’s respite. With KAYAK’s travel search and money saving tools, travelers can create cherished memories on an affordable journey.”

It is worth noting that more and more Indian holidaymakers are looking to hire cars and explore on their own while on vacation. For domestic destinations, there is a considerable 103% increase in searches for rental cars, despite 39% increase in prices on average since 2022. Renting cars has become more economical for international travellers this year, with a 10% decrease in prices on average since 2022, for which searches have increased by around 54%.

KAYAK travel tips for the monsoon season:

  • Use a travel search engine: KAYAK has the tools and filters to help you find great deals, including the Explore feature, which shows destinations by price. Before planning your journey, check the latest travel restrictions in your destination. KAYAK’s travel restrictions map provides real-time updates on COVID-19 restrictions and entry requirements of individual countries.

  • Set a price alert: As one of KAYAK’s most popular features, price alerts help travellers save money by alerting them when prices change for a flight or hotel they want. If a flight you’re eyeing drops in price, KAYAK will alert you so they can lock in that new price, instantly saving you both time and money.

  • Manage and stay up to date with your travel: KAYAK has built the trips feature on its app and website, that allows users to plan, build and manage their itineraries for travel of any length, in any location. The platform allows users to get real-time updates on any cancellations, stay informed about unexpected changes, delays or gate changes that may arise and even find their luggage on the right conveyor belt after landing at the airport

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