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35% of Japanese people will never travel again






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People are travelling again after the interruption that was caused by coronavirus lockdowns. Many people are using the money they saved while borders were closed to go on their bucket list trips. However, others are less willing to dust off their passports. A travel report from a website analyzed 16,000 surveys from people in 15 countries. The site found that 15 per cent of South Koreans and 14 per cent of Chinese and Americans, "never want to travel again". The report stated that almost 35 per cent of Japanese respondents said they never wanted to leave Japan to travel.

There are many reasons why Japanese people do not want to travel. One is a new desire to explore Japan's sights. Many people travelled domestically during the pandemic and fell in love with Japan's nature and heritage. A tour guide was "constantly amazed" at her clients' reactions at seeing the sights of Kyoto. She said people were "so engrossed in their history and tradition". Other reasons are cost, a desire to be green, and the unsustainability of flying. Some people think spending money on nice hotels and restaurants in Japan is better than travelling overseas.

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