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    An average holidaymaker will drink a staggering 44.5 glasses of wine, beer or spirits during their holiday, complain about the weather being too hot 8.3 times, have some passion on holiday more often than not and spend 2,542.15 euros on average for the entire two-week holiday package.

    The most recent research commissioned by the reputable car hire broker Auto Europe gives more insight into the holiday habits of an average person. Auto Europe has focused on several topics such as money, food and beverage, romance, and use of social media and technology during a holiday. Almost 6,000 people throughout Europe have taken part in the survey and revealed the ups and downs of a much wanted sunshine break.


    The results and figures vary from country to country and reflect different habits and customs that make us stand out from the (touristic) crowd.

    The study reveals we will spend averagely 2,542.15 euros on a two-week holiday. The Swedish are ready, however, to spend a staggering 5,817.07 on flights, accommodation and spending money. On average we will fly 2,810 kilometres to reach our sun-kissed destination. There we will finish 2.4 books, learn 5.4 new phrases, bicker with the partner, kids, or family members overall 3.3 times, and get lost or ask for directions 2.4 times.

    About 2 hours of a two-week holiday will be spent on checking the email and social media news feed. The somewhat surprising figures for the modern digital age show that 42.7 % of holidaymakers will not post anything while on holiday. The study shows that 52.6% Germans will not post anything during their holidays while on the other hand 2.2 % French will keep updating their status, checking in and uploading photos. Contrary to the popular beliefs about Germans and beer consumption, this nationality will only have 26.7 glasses of beer, wine or another alcoholic beverage. It is surprising, though, that the Swedish will consume a whopping 69.5 glasses of alcohol in the same period of time.

    When it comes to getting intimate, 32.5 % of the poll takers see some passion on holiday. And while the unfortunate 26% of the Swedish say they never have such encounters, a frisky total of 25% Spanish claim they can’t put a number on the romantic moments as there are too many.

    When it comes to indulging in food, close to one in three of the Italian will not limit their calorie intake abroad. This number is higher with the Swedish where more than half of the poll takers will indulge in food without guilty conscience. About one in three of the French, Spanish, Dutch and German will watch out for extra calories and even be on a diet, and eat around 1000 calories less than at home.

    The holiday calories can be burnt while exploring the destination. We will spend 2.8 hours walking in two weeks and only 1.5 hours driving on holiday. The best time for an average European holidaymaker to get out and catch some sun is the noon while 20 % of us is not interested in sunbathing or getting a tan at all.


    Notes to Editors

    *Research commissioned by in July 2017. Almost 6.000 people over the age 18 were surveyed.

    About Auto Europe partners with international car rental companies such as Avis, Budget, Europcar and Hertz as well as with a great number of national and regional suppliers to find best rates on car hire worldwide.

    Its philosophy focuses on its customers and the quality of service it has to offer. With more than 60 years of experience that sets it apart from other car hire companies, you can book a car, motorhome and a motorcycle for your trip.

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