Family vacations, enjoying free time to unwind and relax, and visiting close relatives and friends are key reasons to travel this year for majority of Filipinos, with family vacations as the primary reason to travel for 6 out of 10 Filipinos, according to Airbnb’s Philippines Travel Trends Survey 2021 with international data analytics firm YouGov.

The survey explores the travel preferences and behaviors of Filipinos this 2021 amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

Travel with immediate and extended family emerged as the Number one reason for domestic travel amongst Filipinos, with 88% of all respondents saying they felt more connected with their families during the pandemic.

Notably, health and safety protocols (64%) and affordability (61%) are top considerations when choosing travel accommodation. 

Over half of all respondents (53%) also expressed preference for traveling to less crowded, off-the-beaten-path destinations, away from mass tourist hotspots.  

Road trips are also expected to gain traction as the top choice for Filipinos’ first trip post-pandemic, as respondents indicated that they wanted to travel close to nature and to places outside their communities well within driving distance. 

In fact, beachside destinations topped Filipinos’ bucket lists in 2021, with Boracay emerging as respondents’ top go-to destination. This is followed closely by Palawan, Baguio, Siargao and Tagaytay.

“The COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdowns across the country have further strengthened the close ties of the pamilyang Pilipino. After months apart, Filipinos are keen to travel to spend meaningful quality time with their loved ones, including their immediate and extended families and close friends. Travellers are also looking at slower, more mindful travel amidst nature. We believe that travel is resilient and will bounce back with time, and we anticipate that unique and family-friendly travel will serve as the impetus for domestic tourism recovery,” shares Amanpreet Bajaj, General Manager for Southeast Asia, India, Hong Kong and Taiwan at Airbnb.