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Inflation forces Canadians to change their travel plans after the pandemic

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For many, the idea of ​​taking off to another country sounds great, but the journey to reach a distant destination becomes increasingly difficult. It has become.

From airport delays and flight cancellations to the high costs of inflation and the recovery of the travel industry, leaving home can be a daunting task.

But when you have to go, you have to go – and many Canadians have already traveled or are preparing to escape. A new poll of 1,000 Canadians from

Rakutenfound that Canadians were driven to travel, but many changed their plans. The main reason for this is rising costs.

"Canadians are ready to travel again and want to help them get the most out of their travel experience," said Claire Sweeney, a spokeswoman for increase. "We found that 63% of Canadians agreed that travel was more important than before the pandemic."

Almost three-quarters (71%) of Canadians said Inflation says it will affect travel plans for 2022, but after years of restrictions and blockades, 68% of Canadians plan to travel leisurely this year, despite the cost. ..

From Dodge, considering that only 15% of Canadians have traveled outside Canada in the past year and 31% have not left the country in 3-4 years. I understand the determination to get out. ..

However, Canadians are more selective about where they want to go.

Not meeting family and friends plays a big role, and 70% of Canadians first focus on domestic reunions before traveling outside Canada.

However, domestic flights are very expensive, making overseas travel a more viable option for travelers.

Of the polls, 45% said they flew out of the country instead because of the high cost of flights within Canada.

Speaking of high costs, surprisingly, the price of gasoline does not have a significant impact on the planned road trip. In polls, 54% of respondents plan to drive on public roads, and 73% say they will drive to at least one destination this summer.

65% of the surveyed people think it's not a real vacation unless they travel somewhere, but more than one-third (36%) of the respondents plan to stay. And doubled the pre-pandemic level of 18%. ..

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