Tripadvisor’s Fall Travel Index shows that while the busy summer travel season is coming to an end, over three-quarters of Singaporeans (81%) are planning to travel this autumn despite ongoing inflation and rising fuel costs.
Inflation will impact how Singaporeans travel
Nearly 73% said that inflation will impact the way in which they travel – 38% said that they will likely travel for shorter lengths of time and 35% said that they will likely travel somewhere closer to home than previously planned.
For the majority of Singaporeans, continued rising costs are prompting consumers to alter their spending habits and adjust their travel plans.
Singaporeans would rather cut back on expenses elsewhere in order to travel. In fact, 67% of respondents said that they plan to travel more this autumn than they did during the same period last year and 65% plan to spend more. This is also reflected in traveller behaviour, with Tripadvisor site data revealing that the average value of a trip booked by Singaporean travellers this autumn is 41% higher than the same period in 2021.
Singaporeans bucking global domestic travel trend to jet off abroad
The Tripadvisor Travel Index indicates that globally, domestic trips are still the number one choice, with almost 60% of global travellers opting for this. However, 88% of Singaporeans are planning to travel abroad this autumn, versus 12% choosing the staycation route.
Whether going abroad or not, 70% of Singaporeans plan to travel between one and six hours from home, while 30% are heading somewhere seven or more hours away. The majority (51%) of Singaporeans are planning to take a trip of at least four nights this Fall and Tripadvisor search data underlines the first and second weeks of September as the most popular travel dates thus far.
Top destinations for Singaporeans
The top ten trending destinations for Singaporeans are, in order of preference: Genting Highlands, Malaysia; Milan, Italy; Busan, South Korea; Perth, Australia; Barcelona, Spain; Seogwipo, South Korea; Zurich, Switzerland; Florence, Italy; Munich, Germany; and Penang, Malaysia.
This is based on destinations which have seen the biggest year-on-year increase in searches on Tripadvisor by Singaporeans for trips this autumn.
Food is a highlight for Singaporeans
When it comes to the most exciting components of a trip, the Tripadvisor Fall Travel Index revealed that the top five picks for Singaporeans are: food (74%), scenery (63%), shopping (48%), culture (48%) and activities (46%).
One in three (34%) said that the purpose of their trip is to experience something new and unique and 46% have booked an on-trip activity ahead of their trip to help them do so.