Young Brits are Europe’s most cultured travellers – but least adventurous


BRITS between 18 and 25 years old are choosing to learn new cultures over relaxing during this summer’s travels and have been found to be among the least adventurous in Europe – with 40 per cent choosing cultural activities over outdoor/extreme sports (28 per cent) and partying (17 per cent).

When the young adults do feel the need to push the envelope, their adventures primarily focus on eating weird food (70 per cent) compared to just 30 per cent who are willing to hook up with someone from a different country, 9 per cent who would try a nudist beach and 12 per cent who may find themselves getting a tattoo this summer.

New research from Uniplaces, also found that 70 per cent of 18-25-year-olds in Britain had never had a summer fling. This is dramatically more than their European counterparts, with 50 per cent of Europeans claiming to have had an amorous affair while travelling.

When it comes to finding a place to stay, the Brits love the comforts of a hotel and its guest services, with a third preferring that over an AirBnB or youth hostel. This is significantly higher than their European counterparts where only one in five prefer a hotel. Across Europe the preferred accommodation amongst is youth hostels (31 per cent) or AirBnBs (30 per cent) – which helps make their average daily budget of less than 30 Euros stretch further.

For the 81 per cent travelling with friends or a girlfriend/boyfriend, be warned to watch out for the most annoying traveller habits. Uniplaces research found that the top most annoying holiday habits include never compromising (33 per cent), refusing to eat the local cuisine (33 per cent) and constant updating of social media (21 per cent).

The out of sight, out of mind mindset also sits comfortably with young Brits when travelling. Only 15 per cent manage to call their family while on holiday compared to young Italians, who live up to the stereotype of close-knit families, with a quarter (25 per cent) calling every day to check-in.

Finding the money to pay for the summer holiday, young adults in Britain are not relying on the bank of mum and dad to fund their travel. While more than 10 per cent of Europeans are leaning on family to fund their travels, a mere 2 per cent of British 18-25 year olds do so. Instead, almost 70 per cent of Brits surveyed have jobs to fund their travels while an additional 17 per cent use their savings.

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