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Tripadvisor data shows 84% of Singaporeans planning a year-end vacation

Author: Vicky Karantzavelou / Date: Tue, 11/15/2022 - 08:18
Osaka, Japan is No1 trending international destination for Singaporeans.
Osaka, Japan is No1 trending international destination for Singaporeans.

Tripadvisor Travel Index finds that despite ongoing inflation and rising fuel costs, 83% of Singaporeans have booked 1-2 trips between December 2022 to February 2023. Most popular international destinations for Singaporeans include Bangkok, Seoul and Kuala Lumpur.

SINGAPORE - The end is near - the end to another hectic year that is! As the holidays draw near and festive cheer starts to spread all across the city, are Singaporeans planning to stay home for the holiday season or are they ready to get back out there? Tripadvisor’s Seasonal Travel Index shows that Singaporeans are ever-so eager to get away, with more than three-quarters (84%) set to travel between December 2022 and February 2023. 

The final instalment of Tripadvisor’s Seasonal Travel Index for 2022, based on a combination of Tripadvisor’s first party search and proprietary consumer sentiment data, reveals that globally, travel shows no signs of abating. Despite Singapore’s core inflation rate inching towards an almost 14-year high, three in five Singaporeans survey respondents (61%) indicated that they will be spending more on their year-end trip this year than last year.

Ho-ho-holidays! Many Singaporeans jetting off for the festive holidays
When it comes to Singaporeans, more than half (61%) are planning to travel more than this time last year, especially around the festive holidays. Much like the rest of the world, Christmas week seems to be the most popular week for travel as travellers look to wind down at the end of a crazy hectic year and recharge for the one ahead. 24th December is set to be the busiest day for travel out of Singapore.

Singaporeans are down to relax, reset and recharge
As we get to the end of a crazy hectic year for most, the main purpose of Singaporeans and their year-end trips is to sit back, relax and recharge - more than half (58%) responded with ‘relax and rejuvenate’ as their main holiday purpose, with ‘let loose and enjoy myself’ and ‘make memories’ coming in second and third. 

When it comes to the most exciting components of a trip, it comes as no surprise that the top three picks for Singaporeans are: food (73%), scenery (58%) and shopping (52%). Close to half (49%) have already booked an on-trip activity ahead of their trip. 

Singaporeans are sick of staycations and are going international 
Travellers globally are favouring domestic trips (57%), but Singaporeans are bucking the trend and going the international route. Turns out staycations are not here to stay with only one in ten (11%) Singaporeans planning to stay local. Nearly three-quarters of Singaporean respondents (74%) are planning to travel more than 4 hours out of Singapore and four in five (80%) will get to their destination by plane. 

Where are Singaporeans going? Looking to destinations increasing in popularity, Singaporeans are starting to look at destinations that are newly opened up to tourists again. Japan seems to be a hot favourite, having recently announced its reopening - Chuo, Osaka, Shinjuku make it into the top 10 fastest growing global destinations for travel this season. 

Top Trending & Most Popular Destinations for Singaporeans
Top Trending: Fastest growing based on year over year growth
Dates of travel searched on Tripadvisor Dec 1, 2022 - Feb 28, 2023

Top Trending International Destinations

  1. Osaka, Japan
  2. Chuo, Japan
  3. Hanoi, Vietnam
  4. Da Nang, Vietnam
  5. Shinjuku, Japan
  6. Zhongzheng District, Taiwan
  7. Lagoi, Indonesia
  8. Tanjung Pinang, Indonesia
  9. Sapa, Vietnam
  10. Hoi An, Vietnam

Most Popular International Destinations

  1. Bangkok, Thailand
  2. Seoul, South Korea
  3. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  4. Paris, France
  5. London, United Kingdom
  6. Johor Bahru, Malaysia
  7. Seminyak, Indonesia
  8. Genting Highlands, Malaysia
  9. Lagoi, Indonesia
  10. Hanoi, Vietnam

Top Rated Year-end Experiences 
Most booked by Singaporean travellers between Tripadvisor Dec 1, 2022 - Feb 28, 2023

  • Premium Milford Sound Small Group Tour, Cruise & Picnic Lunch from Queenstown
  • Phi Phi Sunrise from Phuket by Simba Sea Trips
  • Te Anau Glow Worm Caves Tour
  • John Gray's Hong by Starlight with Sea Cave Kayaking and Loy Krathong Floating
  • Best Half Day DMZ Tour from Seoul 


Vicky Karantzavelou

Co-Founder & Chief Editor

Vicky is the co-founder of TravelDailyNews Media Network where she is the Editor-in Chief. She is also responsible for the daily operation and the financial policy. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Tourism Business Administration from the Technical University of Athens and a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Wales. She has many years of both academic and industrial experience within the travel industry. She has written/edited numerous articles in various tourism magazines.