Skyscanner's Asia Pacific Travel Trends Report
for 2020, highlights that Slow Travel and Micro Escapes are
becoming a mainstay as more Singaporeans seek shorter respites
from day-to-day stress, while indulging in little luxuries for
Seeking to inspire a different way to travel,
the report also uncovers emerging destinations and key travel
trends we can expect to see figure more prominently in the year
ahead. Some of the key highlights include:
- Slow Travel
is coming up tops in 2020. Registering a 20% increase on
the previous year, Slow Travel came in as the Top Travel Trend for
2020 with almost 19% of Singaporeans opting to travel
slower in the coming year.
With the World Health Organisation
officially recognising burnout as an occupational phenomenon in
2019 , Singaporeans seem to be flocking to idyllic locations with
a meandering pace of life over classic holiday locales as a means
of escape from their busy lives.
2020 will see more travellers
flocking to the quaint villages, small towns and idyllic farms
that serve as a counterpane to Singaporeís fast-paced lifestyle.
Exotic destinations for Slow Travel include Budapest (Hungary),
Takamatsu (Japan), Chiang Mai (Thailand) and Saipan (the Northern
- Getting away from it all. With
Singaporeans ranked among the most stressed at work globally in
2019 , it is no wonder why they are also chasing
highlighted in the report, one out of five Singaporeans went on a
Micro Escapes trip in 2019.
Described as short holidays with an
average length of stay ranging from three to seven days, Micro
Escapes serve as temporary breathers for Singaporeans throughout
the year without having to sacrifice too much family time or work
Due to the short length of stay, Asia remains a
key region for Singaporeans looking for a break, with Bangkok
(Thailand), Manila (Philippines), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Seoul
(Korea), and Taipei (Taiwan) ranking as the top five most popular
travel destinations in 2019.
destinations closer to home burgeoned in popularity, with over 75% of emerging destinations for travellers located in the
APAC region, and Vietnam driving the strongest growth.
Singaporean travellers are also choosing to head off-the-beaten
path, displaying growing interest in emerging destinations
including Trivandrum in India. Famed as a cultural hub, the
capital city of Kerala saw year-on-year growth in bookings of 61%.
Another off-the-radar destination, Kunming (Yunnan), which draws travellers for its snow-capped mountains, rice
terraces and lakes, registered a year-on-year growth of 42% in bookings.
- Small Luxuries for increased comfort.
Singaporeans may be taking shorter trips, but more are indulging
in little luxuries for maximised comfort.
are spending where it counts, with 2019 seeing an increase in
premium economy flights (50%) and business class bookings (18%). A driving factor may be an overall decrease in both premium
economy and business class fares by 9% and 5%,
Bargain hunters on the lookout for additional
savings can also avoid paying a premium on return Economy flights
with proper trip planning, potentially making significant savings
of up to 28% by avoiding popular days of departure. In
addition, Best-Value Destinations are great alternatives to
popular but pricier destinations.
Kolkata (India), Fukuoka
(Japan) and Kota Kinabalu (Malaysia) all displayed price drops of
19%, 13% and 20% respectively, and these
destinations are more affordable than their popular counterparts
New Delhi, Tokyo or Kuala Lumpur.