Bali has topped the list of most-searched post-pandemic destinations by Indonesian travelers, according to travel platform Agoda. Data showed that the island ranked first for the travel period of June to December.

Bali took the first place for family trips, followed by Yogyakarta and Bandung in West Java in second and third, respectively. For group travelers, however, the island ranked third as most preferred to fly to the Japanese cities of Kyoto and Takayama.

Globally, Indonesia ranked in 10th spot in the top searched-for destinations among all traveler groups. Taiwan topped the list, defeating the 2019 champion Bangkok, which fell to second place this year. The capital of Thailand was followed by Japan, Vietnam and South Korea in the top five. The United States, Australia, Hong Kong and Malaysia ranked sixth to ninth.

List of most-searched destinations in 2020 worldwide by travel platform Agoda. List of most-searched destinations in 2020 worldwide by travel platform Agoda. (Agoda/File)

The data from Agoda revealed that locations in Taiwan, namely Hualien port city, Yilan county and Taipei were the “most-popular destinations searched for stays” for the rest of this year’s travel period. Hualien was selected by all traveler groups except solo travelers, who chose Tokyo for their travel wishlist, while Yilan was deemed appealing by group and family travelers. The county is known for its breathtaking natural landscapes, cold spring and local delicacies.

Furthermore, Agoda also noted that travelers had shifted their searches to off-the-beaten-track destinations and leaned toward nature and beaches.

“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 travel adventures,” Tim Hughes, vice president of corporate development of Agoda, said in a statement. “What Agoda’s data is showing us is there’s still a hunger to travel, people are enjoying exploring their own countries whether alone, with family or with friends. But most importantly, they still have hope that travel corridors will open later this year to some key markets where COVID-19 has been more contained, and are looking out for great deals when they do.” (wir/wng)

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