Japan, Jamaica, Bora Bora, Europe, the good ol’ USA … wherever you want to travel it looks like many have the same idea.
A new survey of over 4,000 travelers* has found more than 1 in 3 global travelers (37%) [almost 1 in 3 – 30% of the US] are dreaming of bucket list trips this year.
The research also revealed the post-pandemic traveler is more adventurous and open-minded than ever, with 26% of Americans opting to explore somewhere new this year. And of those planning to spend more in 2022, almost half (42%) are planning to spend it on traveling further afield, according to a news release.
The agency Skyscanner’s latest extensive global flight booking data shows bookings for bucket list destinations are on the rise with once-in-a-lifetime destinations such as Saint Barths, UAE, and Portugal rising in the ranks compared to 2019 levels.
Bucket List Bargains – Skyscanner reveals the best value, trending bucket-list destinations for 2022**:
Increase in bookings 2022 Vs 2019
Average fare (USD)
Turks and Caicos Islands
United Arab Emirates
US Virgin Islands
Antigua and Barbuda
According to Skyscanner’s Travel Trends Forecaster, Naomi Hahn, “2022 will be the year we see travelers getting the very most out of cherished, once-in-a-lifetime travel experiences. Half (50%) of US travelers revealed they place more importance now on travel than they did pre-pandemic.
“As travel restrictions have eased and traveler confidence returned, we’ve witnessed a traveling revival with pent-up demand turning into millions of travelers enjoying their much longed-for trips again. Our latest traveler pulse research reveals a strong desire to make big bucket list trips a reality this year, and with destinations previously off limits due to restrictions like New Zealand, Australia, and Japan now firmly back on our bucket lists, we expect to see more travelers looking to go further.
“Flights to bucket list destinations don’t have to cost a lot if you know how to search for the best prices – in fact, Skyscanner helps travelers compare more than 1,200 airlines and online travel agents to find the cheapest options. Flight prices are all based on supply and demand and because some dates and routes will be more popular than others, prices will vary. Skyscanner’s ‘Cheapest Month’ search tool is a great way to scour thousands of options in seconds so you can find the cheapest day and deal for your travel plans. Consider traveling a day before or a day after your original departure dates where possible, flying on less popular days of the week i.e. Friday is the cheapest day of the week to fly out of the UK, and avoiding popular dates almost always works out cheaper.”
Skyscanner’s top 4 flight-booking hacks for saving money on that bucket list trip in 2022:
Make the ultimate round-the-world, bucket list trip an affordable reality: Skyscanner’s multi-city search allows travelers to select multiple journey legs, as well plan “open jaw” trips with stopovers, so that you can tailor-make the perfect trip – DIY’ing an around the world trip with individual flights could save $$$s compared to the packaged alternative!
Broaden your options: “If you’re lucky to have a few airports in travel distance, you can find out which option is cheapest for your flight with this one simple trick – tick the ‘add nearby airports’ option when you search on Skyscanner. If you’d like to limit it to specific airports – e.g JFK and Newark – then on the search results page, you can untick the airports you don’t want to fly from. This works for your arrival airport, too.”
Mix it Up: “Flights don’t have to be booked as returns, and comparing costs and booking separate one-way fares can end up saving you money. Skyscanner’s search scours all the options and shows you the best deal, whether it means flying out and back with the same airline or mixing it up.”
Timing is everything: “Know where and when you want to travel, but not in a rush to book? You could make savings by setting up a price alert. Simply log into Skyscanner then press the Alarm Bell icon on your chosen search. You’ll be sent emails when the flight prices decrease, and you could bag yourself a deal.”
Flex travel: “Our new trend research revealed more and more travelers are being increasingly flexible and shopping around for the best deal. Skyscanner’s Search Everywhere tool is a great way to see what’s available, ordered by price, and can inspire you to go somewhere you’ve never been before.”
*Survey by Skyscanner and OnePoll in April 2022 with >4000 global participants and >1000 participants in the US
**Based on 2019 v 2022 (year-to-date direct comparison), with the average price paid since the beginning of 2022 for travel in 2022 (economy class, return travel from the US – correct on June 15 and subject to change)