Indians are flocking overseas as well as exploring local destinations with Airbnb

As the travel season picks up, Indians are planning overseas trips with renewed enthusiasm. New data from Airbnb reveals that long-haul favourites such as the US, UK, and cities across Europe feature prominently in guest searches overseas, with London, Dubai, Paris, Toronto, and New York ranking as the top searched overseas cities by Indians in Q3 2022*. Domestically, Indians are exploring popular beach destinations in the hills of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand as well as the North-Eastern region. Overall nights booked in India grew by almost half, while domestic nights booked grew by almost 80 percent in Q3 2022 when compared to Q3 2019.

Globally, the top-searched overseas country destinations by Indians on Airbnb this Q3 were: the United Kingdom, Canada, United Arab Emirates, United States, France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Netherlands, and TurkeyMost searched for destinations in the Asia Pacific by Indians on Airbnb this Q3: Indonesia, Vietnam, Singapore, Australia, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Australia, Thailand, Malaysia, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, Philippines most-searched-for overseas cities by Indians on Airbnb this Q3 include: London Dubai, Dubai, Paris, Toronto, NewYork Bangkok, Amsterdam Istanbul, Barcelona Bali

While interest in traditionally popular destinations remains high, Indians are also expanding their travel horizons and looking to explore new overseas destinations. Airbnb saw a whopping increase of more than 1250 percent in searches for stays in Turkey, an over 750 percent increase in searches in Norway an over 625 percent increase in searches for Portugal from Q3 2021 to Q3 2022, and a more than 600 percent increase in searches for South Africa. Other trending overseas destinations include Poland and Finland (both more than 500 percent), Greece (over 450 percent), and South Korea (over 400 percent).

When travelling, Indian guests are searching for amenities that help facilitate flexible new ways of traveling and living, with pools, wifi, kitchens, air conditioner, and washer all making up the top five most searched filters this winter and will continue to see guests visit destinations both near and far, seeking sun, sand, and water. The top five booked categories by Indians this winter are Tropical, National park, Pool, Beach, and Iconic cities.

Most searched for domestic destinations by Indian travellers on Airbnb this Q3:For shorter getaways, Indians are enjoying reconnecting with destinations domestically. When comparing Q3 2022 with pre-pandemic Q3 2019, overall nights booked in India grew by almost half, while domestic nights booked grew by almost 80 percent.

Across the country, domestic destinations most searched for by Indians this Q3 2022 continue to be: Maharashtra, Karnataka, Delhi, Delhi, Goa, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Pondicherry, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan North East region of India has proved to be a trending destination amongst Indian travellers. Airbnbs search data shows an increase of over 450 percent in searches for stays in Meghalaya, over 400 percent increase in searches for Assam and an almost 300 percent increase in searches for Nagaland from Q3 2021 to Q3 2022.

Locally, Indian travellers are also exploring the popular beach destinations of Kerala (over 375 percent increase in searches from Q3 2021 to Q3 2022), Goa (almost 275 percent increase in searches), and Pondicherry (over 200 percent increase) as well as the hill stations of Uttarakhand (over 100 percent increase in searches) and Himachal Pradesh (over 50 percent increase in searched from Q3 2021 to Q3 2022). The most searched-for domestic cities by Indians include Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Pune, Chennai, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Kochi, and Dehradun.

Amanpreet Bajaj, Airbnb’s General Manager for India, Southeast Asia, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, said: “As travel resumes across the globe, Airbnb is seeing a surge in interest amongst Indian travellers to venture overseas as well as explore destinations locally. Popular travel hotspots of Europe, the United Kingdom, and the United States remain high on Indian travellers’ bucket lists. Closer-to-home destinations such as Thailand, Dubai, Indonesia, and Singapore also remain popular, as do local beach and hill destinations across India. This growing appetite for travel is a positive sign as tourism recovery gathers pace. Airbnb is also committed to working collaboratively with communities across India to make sure locals living in off-the-beaten-track destinations can also share in the economic benefits of travel.”

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