Hi @Bjane. That’s a great question: why travel by people, particularly those who live in Asia, is down. Euronews published an article last week on this very topic. Here are the highlights.
More than 16,000 adults across the Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific were surveyed for business intelligence firm Morning Consult’s 2022 State of Travel and Hospitality report. The report found that, after experiencing a sharp rise, intent to travel within the next year plummeted in July. Here are some of the underlying reasons they cited.
COVID-19 is still a health concern for many people, particularly with testing and mask mandates being dropped.
Economic uncertainty due to months of lockdowns, rising fuel costs after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, inflation, and fears of recession are all key factors.
Business travel has also taken a huge hit as people continue to communicate online instead of in person.
Travel chaos caused by strikes and staff shortages has also eroded trust in airlines.
Respondents from Japan were the most averse to travel, with 35 per cent saying they never plan to take a leisure trip again. South Korea came next, with 15 per cent never planning to travel, followed by China and the US, both with 14 per cent.
Not part of the report, but I would also guess that exchange rates being what they are might also be deterring people in some regions from resuming travel at the moment. The rise of RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus) may also be a contributing factor for people who take a more spontaneous approach to travel planning.
So there are many factors that are contributing to the perceived reduction in pet sits in various regions. As @Els said,
One day this lull in travel will pass. Until then, we’re enjoying traveling where we want to go with fewer other tourists around. We’ve also not had any major issues finding sits, although, to be honest, we’re not looking in Asia at the moment.
Best wishes for an increase in pet sits in Asia in 2023!