Around 50 million Indians vacationed overseas in 2019!

Sakal Times
Saturday, 14 March 2020

Earlier, having a vacation abroad was considered luxurious. Only affluent Indians could afford it. However, with the changing times, travel has become much more affordable.

Earlier, having a vacation abroad was considered luxurious. Only affluent Indians could afford it. However, with the changing times, travel has become much more affordable. While the affluent middle class from the metros and mini-metros contribute the lion’s share towards international travel, increasingly, people from Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities and towns are also choosing a holiday abroad and thus creating an increase in the demand for suitable holiday experiences.

As per the UN world tourism organisation, there has been an average annual growth rate of 10-12 per cent in Indian outbound travellers over the last seven years. About 50 million Indians went overseas for vacations in 2019. 

While experiential travel continues to gain momentum, there will be more interesting trends in 2020. Travellers today seek destinations that offer the pure sweetness of discovery, where they can find secluded shores, sun-washed cities and moonlit bays. The new-age traveller is no longer opting for the trodden, the congested and the expected.  

Cosmos Vacations brings to you some of the less-chartered destinations:

MINDBLOWING MEDITERRANEAN
Greece: Greece is a place of idyllic islands with rich history, secret beaches, and rare natural beauty, just waiting to be discovered. Experience the breathtaking destinations, the footsteps of philosophers, the tracks of ancient Olympians and Greek mythology — all too good to be true!

Croatia: Croatia is home to beautiful coastlines, stunning forests and fascinating history. If your Mediterranean fantasies include pleasant days with mild breeze by the ancient towns with sapphire waters, then Croatia is the place to turn them into reality. And of course, there is Game of Thrones to consider! Explore the beauty of this breathtaking place without burning a hole in your pocket.

BEAUTIFUL BRITAIN
Glasgow: Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city is not only a true culture capital but also home to world-class museums, vibrant festivals and best live music concerts in Britain. This city boasts an array of top-notch restaurants and is famed for its friendly locals, irreverent sense of humour and is a shopper’s paradise. Take a journey into this fabled land of adventure to make memories that last a lifetime.

Edinburgh: Enthralling history, gorgeous views, luscious food and drinks — Edinburgh has a bit of everything delightful. This special Scottish city has a whole stack of undiscovered gems that are waiting to be explored.

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