The world’s biggest travellers – which nationality takes the most trips?

Everyone knows Australians love to travel, but a new study has found that we’re not the biggest travellers in the world and that we still prefer domestic trips to international ones.

A new survey by business consulting firm Timetric has found that northern Europeans are the world’s biggest travellers, with four Nordic countries all in the top five. US travellers were also in the top five, but their travels were dominated by domestic trips. Norwegians were the biggest international travellers, taking an average of two international trips per year.

Several factors were found to explain why people from Nordic countries travel so much. These included relatively high incomes and low unemployment, as well as the high cost of living in these countries – which makes travelling to a cheaper foreign destination an attractive proposition. Escape the tough winter climate was also cited as a reason many Scandanvians and Finns will head abroad.

According to the results, the world’s top 10 biggest travellers are:

1. Finland

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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.

2. 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.

3. Sweden

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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.

4. Denmark

Mnay 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.

5. 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.”

6 (equal). Hong Kong

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Hong Kong is the sixth most well-travelled country in the world. Although domestic tourism is almost non-existent (0.03), the average Hongkongese takes 4.3 outbound trips a year.

6 (equal). New Zealand

On average, New Zealanders make 4.3 total trips a year, the same as the Hongkongese. However, the ratios are in reverse. New Zealanders make less outbound trips (0.5) while the number of domestic trips is higher (3.8).

8. Canada

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According to the Timetric survey, Canadians make 1 outbound trip and 3.2 domestic trips a year, on average.

9. Australia

In a similar trend to New Zealand, we make considerably more domestic trips (3.4) than outbound trips (0.4).

10. France

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Perhaps due to the diverse nature of the country, offering everything from skiing in the Alps to relaxation in the countryside, the French make 3.1 domestic trips compared to 0.4 outbound trips.

Originally Posted on Traveller

Travel Discussion

Travel is…

“We travel, initially, to lose ourselves; and we travel, next to find ourselves. We travel to open our hearts and eyes and learn more about the world than our newspapers will accommodate. We travel to bring what little we can, in our ignorance and knowledge, to those parts of the globe whose riches are differently dispersed. And we travel, in essence, to become young fools again- to slow time down and get taken in, and fall in love once more.”  ~  Pico Iyer

We have returned home from our time on the road, where dreams of sinking into my comfy bed have once again become reality.  The last couple of weeks have been a flurry of activity, setting up my kitchen once again, including getting some ferments bubbling on my countertop, coordinating annual doctor visits, re-establishing a weight-training regiment (thanks to having a gym in our little community), and largely just getting back into a “normal rhythm”.

Time and again my thoughts return back to our summer in Yellowstone National Park, and then move beyond.  I find myself absorbed in what travel can do for us, beyond the stunning landscapes, to what it can do for our minds, our bodies, and our souls.  Whether travel serves as a walk in nature, a drive to a mind-blowing landscape, or a long plane ride to an exotic destination, there is ample evidence supporting the health benefits of travel.

Here are my top 10 thoughts on what travel is for me.

1/  Travel is humbling.

“Traveling tends to magnify all human emotions.” — Peter Hoeg

As I look out over a vast canyon or windswept mountain or stare up at a night sky, I feel small, yet mighty.  I feel more alive than any experience I could ever have sitting in front of a computer or television screen.  Travel opens not only my eyes, but my heart.

2/  Travel is a way to create meaningful relationships.

We are forever grateful for those we have met during our RV travels, many we know will be lifelong friends, all who have been sprinkled with the same wanderlust as have we.  And writing a travel blog has connected me with so many across this beautiful globe, many I will never meet, but who have ingrained themselves in my heart.

3/  Travel is challenging.

It forces us to endure long airport security lines, many hours of bus travel as we bump along a lonely highway, or painfully long airline flights to foreign lands.  Jet lag can zap energy, cause headaches, make one feel disoriented. But if we take a deep breath, are gentle with ourselves, and move beyond these initial challenges, we see the wide world that is open to us.  What frazzles our nerves can also expand our level of patience.  It’s called character building baby!

4/  Travel is an avenue for discovering who we are and who we want to be.

This gentle artist in Rome, Italy indulged us with a photo. How could I resist one of his paintings?

I know that I am much more open-minded than I was before my nomadic ways began.  Stepping beyond my country’s borders has given me a brand-new perspective on how I want to look at the world.  Taking a break from my norm allows me time to reflect upon my personal journey through this life.  Travel has restored my faith in humanity and broadened my world views as I have seen good reflected in the eyes of strangers.  Travel encourages philanthropy as we discover new causes and ways to assist those suffering in this world.

5/  Travel is a means for detoxing from the negative effects of social media and news feeds.

The power of the internet seen in Cirque Terre, Italy.

Although we all seem to live in the world of social media to one extent or another, disconnecting, at least for a time, is healthy for both our bodies and our minds, and can be quite liberating.  Our summer in Yellowstone forced us away from phones and computers and found us immersed in a world of  like-minded people excited about learning more about the natural world.  We met so many people we are now proud to call friends and reconnected with friends not seen for many years.  We will be eternally grateful for our time at the Lamar Buffalo Ranch and hope to do it all again soon.

6/  Travel is educational.

Whether you are hiking across an open meadow, zip-lining through the forest canopies of Costa Rica, participating in a cooking class in some foreign land, or walking the streets of a city new to you, there is always something new to learn, something exciting to embrace.  Travel is a magnificent teacher and hopefully, makes us more interesting.

7/  Travel is empowering and a confidence builder.

Travel forces us to step outside our comfort zone, as we navigate new territories, try a new activity that scares us to death, strive to learn a new language or embrace new customs.  If we don’t shrink away from these challenges, we might discover a feeling of empowerment arising.  And even if we learn only a few new words or phrases in another’s language, there is evidence to show that learning a foreign language strengthens our brains, not to mention the mental clarity that nature provides.

8/  Travel is a great story teller.

…and creates rich, lasting memories.

9/   Travel is a soul feeder.

Two ninas with a gift for me ~ Ajijic, Mexico

Need I say more?

10/  Travel is the ultimate happiness fairy!

Research shows that people who are anticipating an experience; e.g. a vacation, are much happier than those who are waiting for things, like that new iPhone.

Our lives have been forever enriched by our travels, friends met along the way, and the experiences encapsulated in our hearts.  We are already planning our next adventure.

How has travel changed you?

“Veni, vidi, amavi” ~ we came, we saw, we loved.  ~  Anonymous

Originally Posted on Short Travel Story and Paint Your Landscape

The 10 Most Instagrammable Spots In Kansas City, Missouri

We toured Instagram for the best places in Kansas City to take a photo. See below for your picture-perfect itinerary.

HuffPost is hitting the road this fall to interview people about their hopes, dreams, fears ― and what it means to be American today.

Do you love to take photos in Kansas City? Tell us what we missed! Tag your favorite Instagram posts with #ListenToAmerica and we’ll add a few to this post.

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Where to Find Discounted Business-Class Tickets

One of our reader recently asked if we could update our 2018 list of agencies that sell discounted business-class tickets. The answer is yes. Here’s our current list:

AccessFares

AirAwards

Kayak

AirTreks

AlphaFlightGuru

ASAP Tickets

BookOtrip

CheapOair

Cirpac

Executive Class Travel

Fare Buzz

FlyFirstClass.com

GoBusinessClass.com

Horizon Trip

Premium Travel

The Travel Team

Travel Tek

A few of these agencies’ websites provide online fare search, but most of them operate by asking you to submit an itinerary, to which they will reply with a fare quote. The best deals are almost always for intercontinental flights; you can’t do much with domestic travel. Although pricing varies a lot—by airline, destination, season, and such—we have found three general patterns:

Tickets with at least one stop—especially to Europe—usually cost quite a bit less than nonstop itineraries.
The lowest fares are often on airlines with less-than-competitive business-class seats and service.
Agencies that do not provide online fare search generally have better fares than those that do.
Typically, agencies that offer really good discounts are coy about naming the airlines you’ll use until you’re actually ready to buy. That’s understandable, as the airlines want to keep it that way.

As is usual in discount markets, we can list agencies, but we can’t vouch for any individual agency. If you’re concerned, Google the agency or check some of the gripe sites. As far as we know, none of the agencies listed are coupon brokers that buy and sell frequent-flyer awards. Even though the prices might look good, business-class award seats are so hard to find that your chances of arranging a satisfactory itinerary are, as the math types say, “vanishingly small.”

Note These are random website that we choose with the help of my experience and some of the top travel bloggers help. If anybody have any question regarding to update the list and some related query please drop your mail on admin@discussionone.com else comment below.