Canadians say they’re worried about the economy but big-ticket travel bookings are coming in regardless

Another survey, by retail rewards site Rakuten, shows that 71% of Canadians say inflation will impact their travel plans in 2022. Compounding the problem, 54% say they intend to take a road trip this summer – and of course, road trips typically aren’t planned with the help of a travel agent.

But at the same time, the same survey indicates that 63% of Canadians agree travel is more important now than it was before the pandemic.

And 45% of respondents said the cost of flights within Canada has resulted in them deciding to travel outside the country. High levels of international travel are music to the ears of the travel trade.

Last month Travelweek looked at the rising cost of travel and how travel advisors can help their clients blunt the impact.

Now we’re hearing from agents who tell us that while some travellers are price-wary, others vacationers are taking the ‘revenge travel’ trend to heart and booking bucket-list trips while they can, after two-plus-years of little to no travel.

“FOR MANY CLIENTS, THIS IS THE YEAR OF REVENGE TRAVEL”

Ayesha Patel, a travel consultant with The Travel Next Door, says she’s seeing a mix of reactions from clients. “Some think that travel is back to pre-COVID days and that includes pricing,” says Patel. “They’re finding the jump in cost to travel now to be so high that they are holding off travelling somewhere far like Europe until they can save more money and choosing to stay closer to home in the meantime.”

Adds Patel: “But I also have clients who haven’t traveled for over two years, are fully aware of the rising costs and are willing to pay for it. They have saved their money and are open to compromising on certain things as long as they can

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