Skyscanner catches the travel pulse of 2017

Skyscanner Catches the Travel Pulse of 2017: Travel Trends

Global travel search engine closes 2017 with the hottest travel destinations and trends.

Delhi, 2017: With travel evolving rapidly, the trends that can set the pace for the near future prove to be a great insight for travellers and the industry. As we prepare to enter 2018, Skyscanner, the leading global travel app, rounds up travel in 2017 with interesting trends and insights using data from across India.

Analyzing millions of searches on the Skyscanner app to spot the travel patterns and habits of Indian travellers in 2017, Skyscanner reveals how Indians were planning their holidays in 2017 and brings forth new destinations for 2018.

Top destinations for 2018

The New Year will bring hopes of new travel destinations for the wanderlust bitten, based on searches on Skyscanner India’s app over the past three years, we can see some exciting global locations are emerging as the new ‘go to’ vacation destinations for Indian travellers. Skyscanner witnessed an average increase of over 80% on searches from Indian travellers for these thrilling locations since 2016. Each destination is a mélange of the new with the old; Picturesque hubs with touches of history and culture, marking these as travel goals for 2018.

Multi-city on the rise

Skyscanner’s data shows the trend for multi-city trips is growing fast, in 2017 Indian travellers drove a 31% increase in usage of Skyscanner’s multi-city search function compared to 2016. Evidence of this trend is further strengthened by results from a recent study in which 50% of millennial travellers claiming they are likely to visit more than one city on their vacations.

Top destinations for 2018 YoY increase
Gold Coast, Australia 142%
Hanoi, Vietnam 81%
Prague, Czech Republic 71%
Cairo, Egypt 64%
Koh Samui, Thailand 50%


Travel with plans

In 2017, Skyscanner noted a trend to plan ahead for travel among Indians. For international holidays, 58% of the travelers are likely to book tickets 30-8 days before departure while only 12% will leave it to the last minute. On the contrary, local travel warranted more spontaneity as 21% travelers booked last minute and only 49% travelers booked 30-8 days before departure.

Most popular destinations of 2017

Select global destinations, which are perhaps the usual hot spots, are firmly holding the attention of Indian travellers. Skyscanner reported exceptional searches from Indian to these holiday havens. Considering their proximity, popularity, and relevance, these cities continue to reign the travel sphere from India.


1 Dubai
2 Bangkok
3 Bali
4 Singapore
5 London

Popular destinations become more affordable

Travellers visiting top global destinations Dubai, Bangkok, Bali and Singapore bagged a bargain in 2017 when a dip in flight fares saved travellers up to 20%. Since 2015 airfares to Dubai, Bangkok, Bali and Singapore have reduced by 20%, 16%, 15% and 12%, respectively. Bucking this trend, flight prices to London – Indian traveller’s second favourite international destination –  witnessed a sharp dip in 2016 but before prices rose again by 9% in 2017.

Fly in comfort

Skyscanner noted that a whopping 89% travelers opt for full service carrier that comprises of entertainment, checked baggage, meals, beverages and comforts such as blankets and pillows in the ticket price; while, only 11% prefer low cost carrier which comes with no meals and no frills.

Long weekend travel

In 2017, the global travel search app witnessed the Republic Day weekend as the most popular long weekend for a quick trip. With data indicating the last week of January was the most searched long weekend, Indian travellers appear to want to start the new year with a holiday.

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All data is based on searches on Skyscanner’s website ( and mobiles app for between 1st January 2017 – 15th November 2017. Where comparison have been made, the same search period in previous years has been consulted.”

About Skyscanner

  • Skyscanner is a global travel search engine that compares 1000s of travel agents and airlines in one place for free.
  • Founded in 2003, Skyscanner helps over 60 million people each month to find their travel options
  • Skyscanner is available in 30 languages
  • Skyscanner’s highly-rated free mobile app has been downloaded over 60 million times
  • Skyscanner employs over 800 staff and has 10 offices across the world: Barcelona, Beijing, Budapest, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London, Miami, Shenzhen, Singapore and Sofia
  • Skyscanner is part of the Ctrip Group


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Post Author: Aditi Mathur Kumar

Author of 2 books. TEDx Speaker. Travel Writer. Blogger. Addicted to Travel & Books. Digital Media Strategist. Social Media Girl. Army Wife. Mom. Curious. Crazy.

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