Mumbai: A study undertaken by Booking.com highlights how 66 per cent travellers like statement accommodation that is unique so they can seem like a trendsetter. The research coupled with Booking.com’s own data and insights reveal what inspires travellers to look beyond the familiar and leap into the unknown for their next vacation.
Desire to be different
Vacations are an opportunity to break out of the normal routine, to try something new and, sometimes, even let it change one’s outlook. A vast majority (68 per cent) of Indian travellers mentioned that they will be looking to book an alternative accommodation in 2019. Travellers do not only want to feel inspired themselves, they also strive to impress their friends. That is why many travellers are turning to alternative accommodation types. 66 per cent Indian travellers mentioned that they like statement accommodation so that they can seem like a trendsetter.
Live like a local
Living like a local enables travellers to explore the neighbourhood of their destination as they embrace a home away from home. It also provides them with the opportunity to find hidden gems only locals would know about. Supplementing this belief, the study highlights how 65 per cent travellers agree that staying in a home-type accommodation lets them see areas of a city or parts of a country that they wouldn’t have explored otherwise. Furthermore, the study also reflects how 37 per cent travellers are planning to book a stay in a villa or a holiday home in 2019, while 21 per cent travellers said they would book an apartment.
This is one major incentive for 67 per cent travellers who agree that staying in a home-type accommodation allows them to feel that they are getting the most value for their money.
Commenting on the release of the study, Ritu Mehrotra, Country Manager, India, Sri Lanka and Maldives at Booking.com, said, “Modern day Indian travellers’ tastes are constantly evolving to chase unique authentic experiences. We at Booking.com understand that no two destinations are the same so we have stays that best cater to that destination; from chalets and villas to boat houses, to offer the most inclusive travel experience for all.”
Alternative Stays Around the World
Known for its volcanic energy, with still-active Mount Vesuvius just around the corner, the opportunities for exploration are endless – from feeling like royalty during a visit of Palazzo Reale located just opposite the Famous Piazza del Plebiscito to the bustling shopping venues and vibrant restaurant scene, Naples will never cease to amaze.
Where to stay: Bed and Breakfast B & B da Mimì, a short walk from the historic center of Naples, is a popular choice amongst Booking.com travellers.
Perfect for the art, history and culture loving traveller – the vibrant and colourful port city of Gdansk is the ideal location for a weekend trip. Located on the Baltic coast of Poland, the city’s most notable attractions, Long Market and Neptune Fountain, are a must-visit.
Where to stay: 21 per cent of Indian travellers plan to book apartments in 2019. Stay at Sweet Suite in the Old Town district of Gdańsk.
Known for its traditional crafts and cultural dances as well as the surrounding rainforest, Ubud will mesmerise even the well-travelled explorer. You will find an abundance of rice paddies, Hindu temples and shrines, some of Bali’s most famous landscapes and landmarks.
Where to stay: Over one third of Indian travellers (37 per cent) plan to stay in villas in 2019. Book a stay at The Kalangan in Ubud.
The coastal city is famous for its stately bridges and port wine production. Stroll through the medieval Ribeira (riverside) district, along the narrow-cobbled streets winding past merchants’ houses, have a glass of port in one of the countless cafes and let the city’s charm cast its spell on you.
Where to stay: Living like a local is key for 65 per cent Indian travellers. Trait House with its original 19th century facade is the place to be in Porta.
Let the city’s unique atmosphere entice you as you stroll through the Majorelle Garden, with its exotic plants and fountains. A trip to the city’s majestic souk, where traditional textiles, jewelry and pottery are being sold, should be high on every traveller’s list.
Where to stay: 27 per cent Indian travellers prefer unique and quirky accommodation. Look no further than Riad Timel, a short walk from Djemaa El Fna Square.
Karnataka is a state in Southwest India with Arabian Sea coastlines. The capital, Bengaluru, is a tech hub, known for its shopping and nightlife. Popular tourist destinations in the State include Coorg, Hampi, Gokarna and Mysuru among others.
Where to stay: Tea Estate – Plantation Trails is set in Gonikoppal which also offers a tennis court and a garden. You can also explore nature trails and golfing.
With beaches covering its length, North Goa has emerged as a party destination for national and international tourists. South Goa, on the other hand, is for more relaxed getaways. From party hotspots, water sports to relaxing spas, Goa is a complete package for all travellers from all age groups alike.
Where to stay: Cassoi offers a unique experience with its tent accommodation. You can explore outdoor activities like cycling and fishing in the vicinity.
The city is home to historic events and landmarks that go back to India’s freedom struggle. The Gandhi Ashram situated on the western bank of Sabarmati River, relays the story of the ‘father of the nation’, displaying his living quarters and artifacts. Also, the popular Calico Museum of Textiles, is known to house a significant collection of antique and modern fabrics.
Where to stay: French Haveli, a restored heritage haveli
located in Ahmedabad, has a history dating back
to 150 years.
Unique Stays Unpacked
They range from luxurious to rustic and are perfect for a romantic getaway or just to relax in peaceful surroundings. Booking.com recommends Vythiri and Munnar.
Around 37 per cent Indian travellers want to book a villa in 2019. Villas are prominent at hill stations such as Goa, Manali, Darjeeling and Ramgarh.
It is what 65 per cent Indian travellers prefer to see parts of a city or country they wouldn’t explore otherwise. Think Agra, Madikeri and Shillong.
Farmstays include bird-watching, apple-picking, animal husbandry and nature trails. Opt for Lonavala, Shimla, Wayanad and Bandipur.
Apartments prove to be cost-effective accommodation. 21 per cent Indian travellers favour apartments while travelling.
Some of the best destinations for houseboat accommodations include Alappuzha, Srinagar and Kumarakom.
These small “rooms” are stacked high, side-by-side with steps. Clearly not for the claustrophobic.