By The Nation
Booking.com has conducted a research across 20,500 global travellers from Australia, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, China, Brazil, India, the USA, the UK, Russia, Indonesia, Colombia, Japan, New Zealand, Thailand, Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Hong Kong, Croatia, Taiwan, Maxico, the Netherlands, Sweden, Sinagapore, and Israel in March this year. It revealed that Thai travellers, the biggest missed travel opportunities included not traveling more often (44 per cent), not traveling more when younger (38 per cent), not doing more adventurous travel (38 per cent), not going to more remote destinations (38 per cent), not visiting a destination when he/she could afford to (37 per cent) and not seeing more of the countries traveled to (35 per cent).
However, regrets are a lot higher amongst Generation Z with half of this age group regreting not traveling more often (52 per cent) and about 34 per cent regrets not being more adventurous.
It’s also no surprise that 42 per cent of the selfie generation (18 to 24 year olds) found it upsetting when they failed to capture more photos to commemorate their trips. This figure stood at only 34 per cent for overall travelers.
Despite their sense of regret, chiefly stemming from perceived barriers around language, expense, directions and safety in the unknown, most (83 per cent) of all Thai travelers have overcome their worries about travelling to a new destination and have traveled there.
Baby boomers are the most willing to face their travel anxieties head on with the majority (85 per cent) say they have. This has positive impacts as it encouraged 52 per cent to travel more widely in the future, 49 per cent gained increased confidence in life and 25 per cent a sense of personal achievement. Traveling deepen existing and create new relationships with almost a third (31 per cent) of Thai travellers becoming closer to their families and one in three (34 per cent) making new long-lasting friendships while on vacation.
For the majority (84 per cent) of Thai travellers, going on vacation has inspired significant life changes, rising to 89 per cent of 25 to 34 year olds, with nearly half (40 per cent) saying they found their purpose or passion in life, 29 per cent of people have overcome a major fear and 26 per cent learnt a new language.
Travelling can also be beneficial both physically and mentally with 60 per cent saying it had a positive effect on their mental health and 25 per cent deciding to improve their physical health.