Agoda reveals domestic destinations top travel wishlist for Pinoys

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Filipinos looking to travel local, while the rest of the world itching to explore overseas destinations

Keeping their future plans aligned with calls to support local travel, Filipinos are dreaming of domestic destinations once allowed, according to

Manila, Boracay, Cebu, Palawan, and Batangas figured prominently across different demographics for Filipinos, which include Couples, Solo, Family, and Group Travelers based on Agoda’s top searched data for travel till year-end.

Palawan Best Island in the World 2020 photo by Sebastian Pichler via Unsplash
Palawan Best Island in the World 2020 photo by Sebastian Pichler via Unsplash

Among these, travelers planning to go as a group are most keen to travel domestically with all their top ten most searched destinations. Meanwhile, Solo Travelers are the most willing to travel outside of the country, searching for deals in Tokyo (#5), Bangkok (#9), and Seoul (#10) for when overseas travel is possible.

Filipinos’ most searched city/town destinations

CouplesFamily TravelersGroup TravelersSolo Travelers
ManilaBoracay IslandBoracay IslandManila
Boracay IslandManilaBatangasBoracay Island
CebuCebuDavao CityBohol
BatangasBaguioSiargao IslandsCebu
BaguioSeoulCebuSiargao Islands
BangkokSiargao IslandsAngeles / ClarkBangkok
San Vicente Palawan photo courtesy of DOT
San Vicente Palawan photo courtesy of DOT

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Globally, people want to go to Asia.

While Filipinos are keeping it local, the rest of the world is looking forward to overseas adventures with Taiwan, Thailand, and Japan emerging as the top searched destinations for travel until the year-end on With COVID-19 restrictions cautiously being lifted, the travel itch continues to grow stronger.

2020 Travel Wishlist by Agoda
2020 Travel Wishlist by Agoda

Overall, Taiwan tops the travel escape searches list among all different traveler groups—from couples to solo travelers, and families or groups, beating last year’s champs—Thailand, which came in as the second most searched destination. Japan, Vietnam, and South Korea round out the top five, while the United States, Australia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Indonesia complete the top ten.

2020 Travel Wishlist for Solo Traveler
2020 Travel Wishlist for Solo Traveler

Agoda’s search data show distinctions between destinations searched by type of travelers, with Japan and Thailand taking second and third spots respectively, for solo travelers.

2020 Travel Wishlist for Family Traveler
2020 Travel Wishlist for Family Traveler

“While Agoda’s search data has seen a shift toward domestic destinations as regulations are being eased for domestic travel, people are still dreaming about international adventures. What Agoda’s data is showing us is there is still a hunger to travel. People are keen on exploring their own countries whether alone, with family, or with friends. They are also looking forward to visiting their dream international destinations too once it’s safe to do so and are looking for the best deals for when that time comes,” said. Tim Hughes, Vice President of Corporate Development, Agoda.

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