Belgians take shorter and cheaper trips, mostly inside Europe

Coming summer, the number of Belgians taking off on holiday will once again increase. But a European travel barometer report shows that the Belgians’ budget as well as provided time have declined.
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Travel assistance and insurance company Europ Assistance surveyed 3,150 Europeans (Belgians, British, French, Germans, Italians, Spanish, and Austrians), to learn more about their holiday plans.

More holiday-makers, shorter stays

57% of Belgians will go on vacation during the summer months. Last year, this was significantly less with only 47%. However, the average holiday budget has decreased by 202 euros to €2,375 per family.

The fact that more Belgians are travelling also impacts the duration of the vacation. On the one hand, the number of Belgians taking a break abroad for longer than three weeks has plummeted to only 20%. In 2014, this was still 27%. On the other hand, 31% of Belgians will go for one week (26% in 2014), and 48% will go for two weeks (45% in 2014).

Europe more popular

Almost eight out of ten Belgians choose a European destination. The top three consists of France (30%), Spain (12%), and Italy (10%). Another tenth of Belgians choose to spend their vacation somewhere in their own country.

With so many inter-Europe travellers, it’s no surprise that the car is the most popular means of transportation with 53%. The airplane is on number two with 43%. Then, surprisingly, 18% of Belgians is open to carpooling to their holiday destination as an alternative way of getting there.

Finally, Europ Assistance paints a picture of the average Belgian holiday-maker. “He books his holiday in advance over the internet, choosing a two-week stay at a European destination he gets to by car or by plane. He goes there looking for peace and quiet, the sun, and preferably the beach."