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The world’s biggest travelers

Northern Europeans are the world’s biggest travelers, with four Nordic countries all in the top five.

US travelers were also in the top five, but their travels were dominated by domestic trips.

Finland

Finland is the most well-travelled country in the world, with the average Finn making 7.5 trips a year, including stays at home and abroad.

Residents of Finland prefer warmer destinations, such as the Canary Islands and Turkey – Tenerife, Antalya and others. 

United States

The US has the largest domestic travel market in the world, with national holidays bumping up the average person’s number of trips to 6.7 a year. However, international travel is very limited, with only 1 out of 5 Americans going abroad in 2013. Fewer than half of Americans own a passport.

Sweden

According to the Timetric survey, Scandinavia is the world’s most travelled region. On average, Swedes take 1.5 outbound trips and 4.4 domestic trips a year.

Denmark

Many Scandinavian families own a second home in the country. In Denmark, around 1 out of 6 families own a second home, resulting in an average of 3.9 domestic trips a year and 5.3 total trips.

Norway

All of the Scandinavian countries are in the top 5 most travelled countries, with the total number of trips per year in Norway averaging at 5.2.

Arnie van Groesen, Timetric travel and tourism analyst said: “People in Scandinavia can afford more trips due to high incomes and relatively low unemployment rates. The cost of living is relatively expensive in Scandinavian countries, meaning that if they go abroad they’ll often get more value for money.”

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