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Germans plan holidays despite euro crisis

The Local · 20 Jun 2012, 17:01

Published: 20 Jun 2012 17:01 GMT+02:00

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Only a third of people asked said that they had cut back their holiday plans because of the financial crisis this year. In Berlin in particular, the average holiday budget dropped by over €100 to €1,440.

Opinion polling firm YouGov asked 1,000 Germans about their 2012 summer plans and whether the unsettled economic climate had made them rethink their plans.

The results suggested the country's young people were least affected by larger world problems when it came to getting some sunshine, as nearly three quarters of 18 to 24-year-olds said they would be going on holiday regardless.

Of those who said they had a holiday planned, 62 percent said that exploring new places and cultures was the most important part of a trip. Of the 18 to 34-year-olds, 67 percent of said this was integral for them, and so did 58 percent of over-55s.

Just under 30 percent overall said that their ideal holiday was sun, sea, sand and sangria – citing a beach holiday with plenty of relaxation as their ideal vacation. Ever the active nationality, 45 percent of Germans said they liked to do sport while enjoying time away.

Of the men asked, 51 percent said they liked playing sports on holiday, while just 39 percent of women agreed.

When it came to all-inclusive holiday packages, nearly half of Germans admitted to having a soft spot for having everything they needed on their doorstep.

In a separate survey, researchers at Hamburg-based Foundation for Future Studies asked 4,000 Germans about their holiday experiences at home.

They found that of those who chose to “staycation” in Germany, their expectations were often exceeded, but that childcare could be a problem in hotels and campsites.

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People asked told the foundation that they went to Austria for the scenery, Italy for the food and Croatia, Turkey or Spain for the beaches.

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Your comments about this article

18:41 June 20, 2012 by smart2012
Yes, they get cheap packages in turkey. I go to Garda lake often, not many Germans anymore as in the past. Why?? Too expensive. And Croatia good food??? Again, cheaper
20:21 June 20, 2012 by hallopeople
Smart cheap or not the mean you enjoy your holidays, I knew somebody her jobs is cleaning olds people PO( lowest earner), she book last minute flight and the cheapest hotel .To impressed her teacher neighbor (high earner), she flashed in the 5 star hotel pool and take as much pictures as she can.The lesson enjoy and relax your holiday and dont try to impressed others the things you cannot afford because thats the start of a stressful holiday . If you are cleaning Po then thats it, you cannot change your image as white collar job because of your fake holiday pictures.
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