The year 2018 that has almost gone by, had witnessed a spike in international travel due to a year-on-year decrease in airfares. International destinations like Phuket, Istanbul, Moscow, Raleigh and Bangkok witnessed an increase of more than 70% in travel searches, whereas 48% of the Indian travellers preferred to stay in 5-star hotels as per the reports by a leading travel search engine – Kayak.

Offbeat international destinations like Phuket, Istanbul, Moscow and Raleigh were amongst the top trending destinations of 2018 because the average cost of flights for these places was less than INR 35,000. According to analysed past data, Bali and Kathmandu were the only international destinations that made it to the top trending list in 2017; Indians preferred travelling to domestic destinations over international destinations in that year. In 2018, domestic destinations including Indore, Bhubaneswar and Varanasi ranked in the top trending list, with an average return airfare of less than 10,0000 INR.

However, now, Indian travellers are starting to explore more. There is also a shift of focusing on quality travel, as Indian travellers are increasingly choosing 5-star properties for their accommodation.

Kayak is a perfect tool in helping travellers in making the best travel decisions to their favourite destinations with minimised stress. Users who are looking for inspiration are recommended to use the Explore tool, which helps them find a destination based on their budget and interests. Instead of constantly checking prices from site to site and worrying about missing good deals, Kayak’s smart travel tools Price Alert and Price Forecast can help you. While Trips acts like your pocket butler, which allow users to plan smart, manage well, and travel worry-free.