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Average length of summer vacation planned by European countries 2019

In 2019, Europeans planned to spend an average of 1.8 weeks on their summer vacation. The same study showed that the majority of Europeans hadsummer plans in 2019, whether it involved going abroad or staying in the country.

The French: European champions of summer holidays

According to the source French people had the longest average summer holiday duration in 2019. The French spent an average two weeks on summer vacation compared to one week for Italians, who recorded the shortest average summer holiday duration among the European countries surveyed. Summer breaks seem to be important in Europe, a region where primary school students have between 6 and 13 weeks of summer school holidays. With about nine weeks of summer school holidays, the French like to spend a fair amount; Spending in France was above the average budget for summer holiday travel in Europe in 2019. In comparison, Italians, who had the highest number of summer school weeks and the shortest average summer holiday duration, recorded below average spend on summer vacations in the same year.

Europeans avoid travelling abroad

Several studies have pointed out that Europeans enjoy travelling in their own country or within Europe during summertime. In 2017, a survey from Eurostat showed that 91 percent and 87 percent of holiday trips in Spain and France were domestic. However, it can also be said that Europeans like to discover the countries of their closest neighbors. In 2017, 15 percent of German tourists were considering going to Spain for the summer holidays , while 11 percent of Spaniards planned to spend their holidays in Italy.

Average number of weeks spent on summer holidays taken by Europeans in 2019, by country

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Release date

June 2019



Survey time period

March 18 to April 10, 2019

Number of respondents


Age group

18 years and older

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

Several answers were possible.
* The survey was conducted with a representative sample of 1,000 respondents from each country.

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