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“Revenge travel” is over, Canadians shifting towards “mindful exploration”: study

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  •   05-09-2024  5:42 am
  •   Pax Global Media

“Revenge travel” is over, Canadians shifting towards “mindful exploration”: study
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Pax Global Media

“Revenge travel” is out while “mindful exploration” is in, according to a new survey from Flight Centre Travel Group (FCTG).

The study conducted by YouGov reveals that 61 per cent of Canadians are planning to pack their bags within the next year—but this time with a purpose.

Canadians are trading impulsive getaways for mindful travel choices, seeking meaningful experiences that align with their values, aspirations—and tighter budgets, the survey found.  

The same study reveals that 82 per cent of respondents are opting to adapt their vacations in response to rising costs rather than abandoning their travel plans altogether. 

“In an era where every dollar counts, Canadians are choosing to invest in travel experiences that resonate with their budgets, values and desires” stated Chadd Andre, executive vice-president for Flight Centre Canada. “With ‘revenge travel’ behind us, Canadians are becoming more intentional, booking well in advance while paying attention to cost-effective options, and favouring places that are less crowded.” 

 "Whether it’s through wellness retreats or bold adventures, our travel experiences mirror the varied interests of Canadian travellers and their budgets.” 

Survey highlights:

The total sample size was 4,050 adults (822 from Australia, 801 from New Zealand, 801 from the U.K., 823 from South Africa and 803 from Canada). The survey was conducted between December 12 – 20, 2023.

 Surveyed Canadians are adopting a strategic approach to their travel choices: 

  • 86 per cent prioritize cost savings and exclusive deals, 
  • 74 per cent seek destination variety and uniqueness, 
  • 57 per cent value personalization and customization 

This mindset has resulted in a 35 per cent uptick in tour bookings for 2023 over previous years, indicating the growing preference for value-centric travel experiences, with tours typically offering savings of up to 20 per cent compared to independently booking the same itinerary, the survey says.  

Top 10 travel preferences

Flight Centre’s travel experts have curated a list of travel experiences that align with surveyed respondent’s top ten travel preferences: 

Multi-experience: 47 per cent seek diverse experiences that combine urban, beach, or culture, which creates a dynamic and fulfilling experience that satisfies various interests and cravings for exploration. Costa Rica’s tropical adventure goes from San Jose to Zarcero.  

Nature: 46 per cent seek solace in nature and the thrill of exploring national parks, hiking trails, and scenic landscapes. Iceland’s ‘Golden Circle’ highlights awe-inspiring natural wonders from erupting geysers to cascading waterfalls.  

Foodie: 38 per cent are foodie enthusiasts, relishing in everything from street food to fine dining. The Taste of Portugal Tour offers an in-depth exploration of tempting flavours and wines.  

Beach: 34 per cent pursue the soothing sound of waves and the feel of sand between their toes. The Club Barbados Resort & Spa offers sweeping ocean views alongside tropical lush gardens.  

Cultural: 33 per cent immerse themselves in experiences rich with history and connection; discovering historic, festive, and local traditions. The Majestic Cities of Central & Eastern Europe Tour reveals the charm of captivating cities like Berlin, Vienna, Budapest, and Krakow. 

Hidden Gems: 32 per cent explore adventures beyond the typical hotspots that appeal to their sense of exploration and discover. The Highlights of Malta and Gozo Tour offers quaint fishing towns and cliff-side views. 

Urban: 24 per cent enjoy the vibrant energy, diverse cultures, and modern amenities that urban destinations offer. Singapore’s Hotel Swissôtel The Stamford with a Gourmet Street Food Tour offers the ultimate sensory overload with fragrant Hawker Markets amid soaring skyscrapers and colourful architecture.  

Wellness: 18 per cent seek the perfect equilibrium of mind, body and spirit with the help of relaxing spas, rejuvenating hot springs or blissful yoga retreats. The Bali Garden Beach Resort and Jamu Organic Remedy Workshop provides the perfect combination of wellness and wanderlust.  

Open Seas: 16 per cent cherish the serenity of cruising—relaxing on board, exploring new destinations. Venture beyond the Arctic Circle on the Classic Voyage South from Kirkenes to Bergen discovering pristine fjords and charming coastal towns. 

Unconventional: 11 per cent are intrigued by the concept of open-minded travel that includes psychedelic exploration and transformative sexual retreats. 

“With Canadians seeking to maximize every dollar they spend on unique travel experiences, our current Big Red Sale comprises hundreds of exclusive deals including up to 20 per cent on tours and 35 per cent on cruises, plus savings on vacation packages. This marks the biggest savings for Canadians we’ve managed to offer simultaneously,” Andre said.

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