According to research, 1 out of 5 people travelling in the hope of making new friends along the way.
A study of 2,000 people who went on vacation found that 3 in 10 invited complete strangers to drink or dine while away.
And 12% have even canceled their existing plans to better understand their new companions.
It also found that four out of 10 people have ever enjoyed a romantic vacation, and 13% deliberately chose party destinations because they knew they would make friends as a result.
More than 27% of respondents added people they met on vacation to social media groups, while 26% even arranged a meetup after landing on home turf.
Emma Tagg, head of EMEA PR for the Hotels.com brand, which carried out the research, said: “The pandemic has made it difficult for personal relationships as well as for travel plans.
“For future travel, holidaymakers are looking more than ever to connect with others and choose a sociable hotel as their base.
“Whether it’s relaxing by the pool with a cocktail, having a small chat while they drop the dog, or letting someone get lost while exploring a new city – tourists are more open-minded than ever. everything for strangers to become friends.”
Research shows 45% of adults think traveling alone is the best way to meet new people – and supporting data from Hotels.com shows searches among Brits for a single room in the UK The UK is up 11% over the past few years.
Other data shows that searches for party destinations like Mykonos and Hvar are growing, while solo travelers are more likely to search for holidays in Dubai in 2021, on Paris, New York or Dublin.
After the pandemic, a quarter of British adults will prioritize somewhere sociable when choosing a holiday destination or hotel.
And now that things are opening up and commuting is easier, a third say meeting new people in general has become more important than ever.
When on vacation, 29% of travelers are now more likely to initiate a conversation with hotel staff before the pandemic.
While a third would work harder to initiate conversations with strangers while by the pool, and 27 per cent would work harder to book organized tours to spend time with new people. .
Common topics of conversation when meeting potential new people include talking about places you visit (54%), food or drinks (49%) and the local weather forecast (48%). .
Others have family ties (28%), sports (27%) and TV or entertainment (23%).
The survey conducted through OnePoll also found that 49% believe hotels are a great base to meet other people, with bars being considered the best place to make friends (51%), followed by is the swimming pool (34%).
Emma Tagg for Hotels.com added: “Our internal data shows that traveler preferences are changing; with free Wi-Fi being one of the five most searched for amenities before the pandemic, compared to 2021 when it only made the top 10.
“Pools, spas and even gyms surged higher, showing a bias toward human interaction rather than a virtual device.
“While travel may still be a bit restricted, its future is certainly one of sociability.”
TOP 10 SOCIAL DESTINATIONS
1. Ibiza, Spain
2. Dublin, Republic of Ireland
3. Amsterdam, Netherlands
4. Sydney, Australia
5. Las Vegas, USA
6. Liverpool, United Kingdom
7. Barcelona, Spain
8. New York, USA
9. Mykonos, Greece
10. Rome, Italy
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