Most Germans preferred to go on a summer vacation in 2021. Family holidays were also popular, though some didn’t travel for a vacation at all. All the same, vacation travel, whether abroad or in Germany, is generally something Germans look forward to. The planning phase is just as much a part of the process as the trip itself.
Going on vacation
Based on recent surveys on vacation and travel interest in Germany, most respondents were moderately or particularly interested in combining holiday time with going somewhere. German holidaymakers used various means of transport for their planned vacation trips in 2019, among them primarily passenger cars and flying. While Germans enjoy planning longer vacations, short vacation trips were also popular.
Accommodation and spending
When traveling domestically, German tourists mostly stayed in hotels/ guesthouses, or holiday homes. The same was true for accommodation choices when going abroad. In terms of vacation travel spending per person, German tourists spent the most in Asia and the Far East in 2018, followed by USA and Canada.
Most popular types of travel in Germany from 2018 to 2021
* First asked in 2017.
**Not asked starting in 2018.
***Not asked starting in 2019.
Base: German-speaking population aged 14 and over.
Total sample information:
2018: 23,086 respondents, projection to 70.45 million people
2019: 23,120 respondents, projection to 70.60 million people
2020: 23,138 respondents, projection to 70.63 million people
2021: 23,299 respondents, projection to 70.54 million people
The values shown refer to the following studies: 2018: VuMA 2019; 2019: VuMA 2020; 2020: VuMA 2021; 2021: VuMA 2022.
More information on the methodology can be found here.
For this question, multiple answers were possible. For this reason, the sum of percentages may exceed 100%.
This question was asked in the survey in the following wording: "Have you made one or more holiday trips in the past 12 months, which lasted five days or longer and were not just family visits? What kind of holiday trip was it/ what kind of holidays? Also keep in mind that for a holiday trip multiple answers can apply."
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VuMA. (November 17, 2021). Most popular types of travel in Germany from 2018 to 2021 [Graph]. In Statista. Retrieved December 07, 2022, from https://www.statista.com/statistics/561026/most-popular-travel-types-germany/
VuMA. "Most popular types of travel in Germany from 2018 to 2021." Chart. November 17, 2021. Statista. Accessed December 07, 2022. https://www.statista.com/statistics/561026/most-popular-travel-types-germany/
VuMA. (2021). Most popular types of travel in Germany from 2018 to 2021. Statista. Statista Inc.. Accessed: December 07, 2022. https://www.statista.com/statistics/561026/most-popular-travel-types-germany/
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