In a world that often emphasizes meticulous planning and structured itineraries, there’s a refreshing trend emerging from the heart of the United Arab Emirates—a love for spontaneity in travel. Skyscanner, the global flight, car hire, and hotel marketplace, in collaboration with OnePoll, conducted research that unveils the UAE’s growing affection for unplanned adventures. In this article, we’ll delve into the findings and explore why spontaneous travel is becoming the new norm among UAE residents.
The Spontaneity Epidemic: UAE’s Adventurous Souls
In a nation known for its vibrant culture and innovative spirit, it’s no surprise that UAE residents are embracing spontaneity with open arms. A remarkable 94% of them proudly consider themselves spontaneous travelers. But what ignited this spontaneity? Let’s find out.
The Pandemic’s Effect on Travelling Spontaneously
The COVID-19 pandemic brought about significant changes in our lives, including how we approach travel. The research reveals that a staggering 80% of UAE respondents claim to be more spontaneous now than they were pre-pandemic. We’ll explore how recent events stirred this irresistible desire for the unexpected.
Spontaneous Holidays: The New Travel Norm
In a world reshaped by a hunger for adventure, spontaneous holidays are becoming the new norm. Almost half (42%) of UAE travelers have arrived at the airport without a destination in mind and booked their flights on the spot. A remarkable 60% have booked a holiday less than four days before departure. But what about gifting spontaneity? We’ll uncover why 63% of UAE travelers would feel delighted if a loved one surprised them with a spontaneous trip.
Breaking Stereotypes: Spontaneous Solo Escapades
While most travelers would choose their spouse or partner for a spontaneous getaway, the study reveals an intriguing twist. Women are emerging as twice as likely as their male counterparts to embark on a spontaneous solo escapade. It’s a sign of evolving travel dynamics.
Skyscanner’s Expert Insights
Ayoub El Mamoun, Skyscanner’s Travel Expert, shares valuable insights into the world of spontaneous travel. Learn from the expert about how to seize the best deals for your impromptu adventures.
Spontaneity Is Good for the Mind and Wallet
Beyond the thrill of spontaneity, there are tangible benefits for your mental well-being and finances. Dr. Saliha Afridi, Clinical Psychologist and Managing Director of The LightHouse Arabia, explains why spontaneous travel can lead to increased mental well-being, enhanced creativity, and improved cognitive flexibility.
Time to Seize the Day: UAE’s Annual Leave
According to Skyscanner’s latest study, UAE residents still have an average of 14 days of annual leave left to take this year. It’s a golden opportunity to embark on spontaneous holidays and create lasting memories. But how do you start planning a trip on the fly?
Ayoub’s Expert Tips for Booking Spontaneous Flights
Skyscanner’s Ayoub El Mamoun offers expert advice on booking last-minute flights. Discover the secrets of flexibility, date variations, and mixing and matching airlines to get the best value for your spontaneous travel budget.
Ayoub suggests starting your spontaneous adventure with an ‘Everywhere’ search on Skyscanner. This innovative feature can inspire you to explore new destinations you’ve never considered before.
Flex Those Dates
When it comes to finding the best flight deals, flexibility is key. Ayoub recommends searching by multiple dates and airports to increase your chances of snagging a bargain.
Mix & Match to Save AED
Money is often a deciding factor in planning spontaneous trips. Ayoub advises being flexible in your airline choices, which can significantly reduce costs. Don’t limit yourself to return flights; explore one-way options and different airports.
Find a Spontaneous Friend
For those who find it challenging to be spontaneous, Ayoub has a creative solution. Enlist the help of a friend, partner, or family member to plan surprise trips, revealing the destination only hours before departure. It’s a fun way to step out of your comfort zone.
As UAE residents continue to embrace the thrill of spontaneity, the world of travel is undergoing a transformation. Spontaneous travel isn’t just about breaking routine; it’s a gateway to discovering new horizons, creating cherished memories, and enhancing mental well-being. With expert tips and a sense of adventure, you too can join the ranks of spontaneous travelers and seize the world as your playground. Don’t wait; let spontaneity be your guiding star on your next unforgettable journey.