The relaxation of lockdown rules and travel bans, coupled with the upcoming festive season, has South Africans dreaming about ticking off places on their travel bucket lists…

Google rounded up the top travel-related searches by South Africans between 25 September and 01 October 2020.

South Africans have a wide and varied list of places they’d like to visit in the near term, if the search trends are any indicator. Google processes more than 40 000 search queries every second. This translates to more than a billion searches per day and 1.2 trillion searches per year, worldwide.

Live search data is available on the Google South Africa Trends site.

It seems like many South Africans are looking to get away for some relaxation and romance. One of the searches that tops the list includes ‘romantic getaways in Hartebeespoort’! Thailand holiday packages are also a top search. This is unsurprising as Thailand is known as a stunning budget-friendly getaway.

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While South Africans are clearly keen to stretch their legs, they’re also trying to ensure their holidays don’t break the bank. “Holiday specials” is another top search.

Trending vacation searches

  1. Romantic getaway Hartebeespoort
  2. 20 sleeper holiday house North Coast
  3. Birah holiday resort
  4. Thailand packages
  5. Holiday destination
  6. Vacation work for students
  7. When are school holidays
  8. Dream vacation club bonus breaks
  9. Holiday specials South Africa

Top searched vacation travel destination in Europe

For those wanting to head overseas, the United Kingdom is one of the major searches followed closely by Germany and Italy.

  1. United Kingdom
  2. Germany
  3. Italy
  4. Netherlands
  5. Spain
  6. Greece
  7. Ireland
  8. Portugal
  9. Switzerland
  10. Russia

Trending questions on travelling

South Africans are also turning to Google to figure out which countries they can travel to while Coronavirus restrictions are still in place. Many are asking whether or not they can travel to the USA and Mauritius.

  1. Which countries will be allowed to travel to South Africa?
  2. Can South Africans travel to the USA?
  3. Which borders are open?
  4. Can South Africans travel to Mauritius?
  5. Can South Africans travel to China?
  6. Can South Africans travel to the UK?
  7. Is Botswana’s border open?
  8. Is international travel allowed?
  9. Can US citizens travel to South Africa?

Search trends information is gleaned from data collated by Google based on what South Africans have been searching for and asking Google.