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Thailand is the fourth most searched-for destination for your next holiday



Since early 2020, the Covid-19 pandemic has stopped us from taking our holidays, or doing much travelling at all. But as travel restrictions ease, which destinations are coming out on top for our post-lockdown holidays? has dusted off the calculator and checked the Google Search Volume data for the search terms “Flights to X” and “Holidays in X” to establish which countries have been searching for the most, based on annual global search volumes. You can view the full findings HERE.

Thailand ranked fourth in the world as the most searched for destination for your next holiday, behind Italy, The Maldives and Mexico.

With travel restrictions now starting to ease, in some parts of the world, we are starting to think about heading abroad again. Many people are now looking for the perfect destination to squeeze in a quick summer holiday, or are planning ahead for next year. Or they’re just living in hope their favourite destination will open up soon.

With a variety of locations to choose from, ranging from traditional European breaks on the Mediterranean, to long-haul holidays and a tropical beach holiday, the choices for holidays are endless. But which destinations are we looking at the most for our post-lockdown escapes?

Despite being one of the epicentres of the pandemic in Europe earlier in the year, Italy is revealed as the destination we are searching for the most when it comes to our next trip abroad, with over 1.9m (1,939,440) average annual global searches. Among those searching for holidays in Italy, more than 27,100 average monthly searches come from the United Kingdom, followed by the United States (4400 average monthly searches).

The data reveals the following top 10 countries that people are looking to travel to after lockdown…

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  1. Dirty Farang

    Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at 9:53 pm

    Bella Italia – the capitol of Pizza, Pasta and Pocketpickers. Welcome!

    • RR

      Thursday, September 10, 2020 at 12:01 am

      Pickpocketers, perhaps. Which are in Italy, as well as in Thailand, and many other countries in the world.

    • barrus

      Thursday, September 10, 2020 at 2:22 am

      envy is too bad for you man…

  2. Perceville Smithers

    Thursday, September 10, 2020 at 1:28 am

    Maldives?! You only need 3-4 days then off to somewhere else. It’s a honeymoon destination.

  3. Rinky Stingpiece

    Thursday, September 10, 2020 at 9:40 am

    On a well-known financial news tv station now: “Lack of Tech leaves Southeast Asia unloved by investors”. Tourism is not the answer… tech training and capacity building with foreign trainers is needed to replace the tourism jobs that are not coming back. Thailand needs diversification now.

  4. Issan John

    Thursday, September 10, 2020 at 9:50 am

    “Behind Italy, the Maldives and Mexico” ?

    Something seems a little wrong with these stats given the number of tourists to these three countries previously, when Italy was 5th, Mexico 8th, and the Maldives not even in the top 30, with less than a tenth of Thailand’s tourist numbers.

    Lies, damned lies, and statistics …..

  5. Ray W.

    Thursday, September 10, 2020 at 1:18 pm

    Low resolution thinking: Economic diversification is like good energy policy; more of all. If you are try to abandon a well established tourism sector to pursue a nebulous tech strategy you will fail across the board. We should pursue a diversification of the economy always but you don’t destroy a major sector that cross-cuts all aspect of growth to do it. Not that any of this even matters if you can’t get the damn boarders opened over an irrational fear based isolationist zero risk delusional policy – good luck getting capital, talent, or strategic leadership.

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