South Africa voted as the ‘perfect post-Corona escape’

Tourlane, an online specialist for tailor-made dream trips, recently conducted a survey among its community of travellers to ask about people’s travel preferences. After tallying the votes, the results showed that South Africa is one of the most popular choices when it comes to those dreaming of a post-Corona escape.

“With borders beginning to slowly open back up and the possibility of travel starting to return, we were interested to find out if travellers’ preferences have changed and how they are thinking about their next trip,” the company said after the survey was conducted in April and May 2020. “Where do they want to go? Who do they want to go with? And when is the earliest they feel comfortable travelling?”

The perfect post-Corona escape

The results show that a majority of respondents (54%) would still like to go on vacation in 2020. Interestingly, one in four travellers would depart right now if they were given the opportunity. In contrast, 46% of travellers have no desire to travel in 2020.

It was found that South Africa, New Zealand, and Canada are the three most popular destinations within the Tourlane community of travellers, followed by Costa Rica and Namibia which close the top five.

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The type of destination was also a surprise to the company. After many weeks of confinement indoors, an escape to the great outdoors is what travellers want the most. The second-most-popular coveted trip type by travellers right now is a safari vacation. And despite the social isolation that distancing and quarantine have imposed upon travellers around the world, solo travel remains a popular travel trend: 19% of travellers responded that they would like to travel alone on their next adventure. The most popular response was to travel with a partner. Only 13% selected friends as their desired companion.

TRAVEL INDUSTRY HARD-HIT

The local travel industry has been hard hit since early in 2020 as international visitors either cancelled or postponed their trips to South Africa due to the unfolding coronavirus problems in their own countries and concerns about the health risks posed by air travel.

This has since been exacerbated by President Cyril Ramaphosa’s declaration of a national state of disaster on Sunday 15 March.

Among the package of measures designed to reduce the spread of the virus within South Africa, are stringent travel restrictions and bans on certain foreign visitors, as well as the closure of a number of ports of entry. 

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