British holidaymakers voted among the most adventurous in Europe
Friday 28, May 2010
British travellers are among the most likely to take an extended break around Europe this summer with 30 per cent planning to visit more than five locations on their holidays.
Brits were pipped into second place in the wanderlust league table of adventurous European travellers by the Spanish. Four in ten Spaniards are planning a multi-stop break when they venture abroad on their vacations.
Leading backpacker hostel company Generator Hostels compiled the survey based on the 480,000 international visitors that pass through its doors every year.
Germans finished bottom of the poll with only 15 per cent of those questioned planning to go abroad and 85 per intending to holiday at home.
The Generator Hostel survey asked travellers if they were planning a multi-stop break abroad with the following results:
Alison Armitage, director of Generator Hostels, said: “British holidaymakers are obviously keeping an eye on their spending in the tough financial climate. However, many are finding it is still possible to travel far and wide in Europe even if they tighten the purse strings. We are finding those with the travel bug are booking independently and economising on their accommodation to keep the costs down.”
“With budget airlines and multi-stop train deals, it’s now easier than ever to zip round Europe to make the most out of holidays, it’s amazing what can be done within a short space of time if travellers plan carefully and look at all the options.”
To accompany the stats, Generator has put together its top tips to make the most out of your annual leave:
1. Less is more
Don’t struggle around the Continent with all your worldly possessions: take only what you need. Get the basics right by looking at the weather reports for your destinations when packing. The rest can be solved with some DIY laundry using a bar of dry soap.
2. Dig out a deal
Do your research and you could get a deal on travel. Multi-stop flight tickets or InterRail options provide the opportunity to see more and spend less, as well as giving your trip some structure.
3. Share the experience and save
Have you thought about travelling in a group? Many hotels or hostels offer shared rooms, helping you to cut the costs and stay safe among friends.
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