Both the ease of travel that is nowadays a given fact in Europe as well as the increase in international relations due to the globalization process have lead people to notice the similarities between different countries and their citizens. Trends are border agnostic and, thanks to the incredible development of mass media, especially Internet, the wider knowledge of world events seem to point to the fact that little by little we are tearing down the differences and are becoming more alike.
The results of the international study carried out by Expedia.co.uk
and TNS Infratest, however, seem to indicate that there are still strong tendencies about travel preferences that differentiate European countries. It's worth noticing, for instance, that Spaniard travellers prefer to spend their holidays close to their friends and loved ones, in particular during the months of July and August. This is true whether they travel as a couple (with or without children) or alone. Across the Pyrenees the trends are certainly different and there is a clear difference between families and singles. The first group prefers to follow the lull of the waves and the heat of the sun during the summer while singles and those without children would rather have their holidays on Autumn.
Germany stands on the middle of this spectrum. According to the research carried out by Expedia.co.uk and TNS Infratest, German travellers look for sun filled days during June, regardless of their civil status, much like in Spain, while for the seasons of Summer and Autumn, German preferences are closer to those of the French. Thus the number of families is greater during July and August while singles tend to wait for the fall to have a relaxing escapade.
Another thing that marks a difference between the countries in Europe are the chosen destinations for national (as opposed to international) travel. While in Spain most travellers choose the warm beaches and the countryside is visited by a minority, in France the tables are turned with most people choosing the relaxing meadows of the French countryside. The Dutch, English and German tend to choose an urban type of tourism. This comes as no surprise when we consider that they have booming cities like Amsterdam (here you can find hotels in Amsterdam
), London and Berlin within their territories. In the case of the German capital this incentive is added to the possibility to engage on a quick trip to close by cities like Dresden or Prague (here you can find a list of the hotels Prague
has to offer.) Bottom line, regardless of nationality, civil status, season and destination preferences, Europe has something to offer and sites like Expedia.co.uk puts all of that within your reach.