Departing from the usual perception of proximity being a factor when choosing self-drive, a recent survey by Avis India has revealed the US was the most traversed international self-drive destination from India, accounting for 37% of the total self-drive international bookings in the year.
The maximum number of self-drive international bookings were made by users hailing from leading metro cities such as New Delhi, Gurugram, Mumbai, Hyderabad, and Bengaluru. This has been revealed by the ‘Self-Drive International Booking Trends 2018’ report released by Avis India. Through the report, Avis mapped the change in international travel preferences of Indian consumers by identifying key trends pertaining to international self-drive bookings in 2018. The report was compiled using the booking data on the Avis India platform.
In the survey, Avis India also highlighted the peak travel times to various destinations. According to the report, Europe accounted for 34% of the total bookings, most of which were made for the period between April 2018 to June 2018. The European destinations that witnessed the maximum arrivals from India included Spain, Italy, France, and Switzerland. The UK alone accounted for six per cent of the total bookings.
Avis’s services were popular on safari trips too. South Africa secured an eight per cent share of all self-drive international bookings from India in 2018, with the maximum demand between September 2018 and January 2019. Indian travellers also booked self-drive rentals to travel within Australia, with the peak demand between August 2018 and October 2018. New Zealand, on the other hand, saw the maximum demand for self-drive rentals between October 2018 and January 2019.