Humans have been on the move since the dawn of time. Now more than any time in history, it’s easy to travel – both in our own backyards and halfway across the planet. But, not every person is the same and some people like to travel more than others. Who do you think travels more? Indians or Colombians? Australians or Egyptians? The numbers might surprise you. In this list, we group people together by nationality to see who travels most often. A few general trends emerge: people from smaller countries are more likely to travel abroad than citizens of larger countries; more affluent countries tend to have populations which travel more frequently; and, maybe surprisingly, people from island countries are not more likely to travel abroad than they are to travel domestically. So, where do you think the most well traveled people come from? (Travel data is sourced from Timetric’s study on 2013 travel habits across the world. For a trip to count, it must include an overnight stop, but it could be leisure, business, or otherwise.) Do you consider yourself an avid traveler? Find out if your country made the cut in this list of the 25 Most Well-Traveled Peoples In The World
Austria is home to one of the most travelling nationalities in the world. Among Europeans, Austrians book the farthest in advance, about 72 days before a holiday. Whereas other cold country-living people enjoy beach getaways, Austrians prefer to go on social vacations or visit family and friends.
The country famous for timepieces and chocolate is no stranger to taking trips afield. The Swiss are some of Europe’s most frequent travelers with each person taking 1.6 jaunts abroad on average every year. Despite the breathtaking Alpine lakes and skiing opportunities, Switzerland brings in less than 2% of visitors to Europe.
You may be surprised to learn that all island countries on this list actually travel less abroad than within the country (except for Singapore). On average, Brits travel three times per year with two of those within the British Isles. Despite Britain’s position as a major global economy, Brits travel more for leisure than for work with two out of three international trips purely for vacation.
Germans are frequent and easily-spotted travelers. A common example in the travel industry compares a French and German family visiting Disney World. The French family will stay in Orlando for the week while the German family will split half their time at the parks before heading to the beaches. Germans consistently enjoy and book beach holidays, preferring countries in Europe such as Spain and Italy. Despite their love of warm, sandy beaches, Germans take twice as many domestic trips as international.
The relatively affluent Spanish love to travel within Spain: a widely diverse country with beaches, mountains, deserts, and more. Maybe they travel to escape the tourists, 65 million of which visit Spain every year, making it the third most visited country in the world. Though Spaniards are 15 times more likely to travel domestically, when Spaniards do travel abroad, they prefer to visit London, Amsterdam, and Berlin.