PHOTO: Donald Trump in 2015 at the FITN conference. (Photo courtesy Flickr/Michael Vadon)
Donald Trump managed to accomplish his first feat as President-elect of the United States.
According to Fox News, an unintended byproduct of the shocking election results has been a dramatic rise in the amount of searches for one-way travel out of the country. The website cites results garnered from travel website Cheapflights.com. According to its travel blog, searches for one-way travel to Canada from the U.S. saw a rise on Tuesday.
Say what you will about Trump, but the guy has a nifty way of motivating travelers with wanderlust.
The blog breaks down the enormous increase in Canadian interest as polls came to a close and political uncertainty set in: “In fact, searches for one-way flights to Canada more than doubled (up 133 percent) on this Election Day when compared with searches the last four Tuesdays (through 6 p.m. ET on all days).”
The country seemed to be divided in half on whether Trump or Hillary Clinton should be the next President of the United States, but, as the polls closed and things started to tilt Trump's way the searches continued to increase. CheapFlights.com continues: “Between 6 p.m. and 8 a.m. ET the jump was over 1000 percent compared to the average for the same time frame across the last four Tuesdays.”
This doesn’t mean a wave of Americans are suddenly about to hit Canadian locations. It simply means that Trump success has led, at the very least, to a sudden uptick in travel interest.
As Fox News notes, the sudden interest doesn’t end with flight searches. It points to a News.com.au report that states: “Google Trends shows the searches ‘Move to Australia’ and ‘Move to New Zealand’ have spiked over the past few hours.”
While millions flocked to the polls on Tuesday many decided to hit the Internet to keep their travel options open. Now, we all wait and see just how many Americans decide to make good on an impromptu travel search session.