What Country Travels The Most? The Top 10
Published on June 30, 2010
Interesting article! The question who travels the most is not easily answered for sure, many different ways to measure and define. For example, an American traveling from California to Wisconsin might not count at "travel" as this person wouldn't leave the country. I used to live close to the german border, I even cycled across sometimes. Is that travel? Food for thought!
Pretty skewed since it does not account for population. A list of money spent per capita would have been more interresting. That's when you'd see the Swedes for sure.
The biggest traveler groups in Australia would be youth and the middle class (one of the most numerous and wealthiest middle classes in the world). They therefore don't spend as much as other traveling countries, particularly the US, Japan and Europe. I'm a 26 year old Australian who has traveled to 27 countries in six continents. There has barely ever been a hostel/hotel or airport departure gate that I haven't met or heard an Aussie. International departures by nationals and the number of days spent abroad each year would be a better indication. Consideration for people living temporarily overseas would also be interesting.
Another thing that needs to be taken into consideration when talking about Americans travelling frequently or not is location. It costs almost nothing to take Ryan Air or Easy Jet to numerous countries within Europe for an incredible price. Looking up a flight from London to Berlin right now I found flights for $125 round trip using Easy Jet. My flight from Newark, NJ to Canton, OH (only an hour flight) costed me around $370. Don't you think if Italy, Turkey, Germany, or any of the other culture-rich first-world countries were a train ride or a cheap flight away that we'd be travelling too? From New York to Mexico City it's going to cost you $600 per person. Driving would take days of non-stop driving. Trains? Probably as expensive as the flight, but take as long as driving would. So before you criticize Americans for not travelling as well as Brits or French, you might want to take location and cost into consideration. Also consider that most of Europe could easily fit within the continental U.S. We have a lot of our own country that we explore, and that takes a lot of travel time, effort, and money as it is.
Your statistics are ok, but in this case I think you need to factor in the population base from which travelers come. US 300 at million, Canada at 33 million and Australia at 21 million, Netherlands at 17 million. Then you'll get a better handle on which nation is the more traveled.
From my travels over the years, I'd put them in this order:
It is not just because of the size of the population why (some of) these appear on top. It is also because they have quite a lot of neighbors. I am a Swede, living in Austria - but I am passing through Germany at least once every week. But I would not really see myself as a tourist when I spend my euros in Germany.
In my own experience traveling the world across 50 countries I would agree, British, Australians and French were the nationalities I would meet repeatedly everywhere I went. Americans most definitely not...I did meet a few but nowhere close to Europeans. I think these stats are skewed because Americans travel a lot to Mexico and the Caribbean so that's where most of the money gets spent. One of the primary reasons Americans do not travel is due to the work culture, long vacations are frowned upon...but this is changing slowly :)
1. Australia - 1173
2. Canada - 1029
3. Germany - 943
4. England - 801
5. France - 636
6. Italy - 482
7. USA - 251
8. Russia - 227
9. Japan - 214
10. China - 54
This is the 2011 rankings when adjusted for population. The article is very misleading. Was in South East Asia, Australia and Africa for 7 months last year. Basically there were certainly a disproportionate amount of Aussies, Canadians, Germans, Brits and plenty of French - more than usual last year. Scandinavians would most likely be top of the list, but their populations are probably too small to get on the top 10 spending.
US shouldn't get so defensive or overly patriotic over misleading statistics. Have only seen lots of Americans in Canada, Mexico and Caribbean. In Malaysia, went up to some guys playing the American brand of football and asked if they were from Canada - they were and knew this would be the case as so few from USA travel. Get on those planes guys - going to Asia is also far for us Europeans and the rest of the world isn't a big dangerous place!
I was not surprised that my country is on the list. I guess not everyone would do their best to find a cheap hotel in Victoria London or wherever they would go to save some cash.
I was recently in South Africa and let me tell you that I think I met more Germans than South Africans. They are everywhere!!
so, you could not spell united states correctly?
germans definitely travel abroad the most. but, if consider miles travelled, u.s. and australia are on top.
Great topic. There are two interesting topics at work here. One - what countries financially afford to travel more and Two - what is the most common backpacker nationality. From the list it's hard know what the type of travel preference is for each country. By this I mean do these people "vacation" or "backpack"? Do these people stay in "five-star hotels" or "backpacker hostels" ? From experience, I run into a lot of German, Dutch and Scandinavian "backpackers", but a lot of Chinese, Italian, Japanese and Russian "vacationers".
What about pro rata to population? UK has 86 million, USA 260 mill and gwernany 85 million people so MONEY and numbers are not correct. What about percentage of POPULATION which would place AUSTRALIA at the top of the list with 34% of its gross population travelling EVERY year
Ive been all over the world and everywhere ive been seems to be occupied by Americans...i dont see germans anywhere except in italy and france. certainly not in America, speaking of just america, its got a lot of great travel locations itself and you could spend a lifetime traveling the expanses of America and never see it all.
I think your method for arriving at US citizens being the second most travelled people (forgive me it that is not you assertion) based on how much each country spends abroad is completely flawed as you have not considered differences in population. According to the UNTWO (http://www.enduringwanderlust.com/who-travels-the-most/):
"According to the World Tourism Organization or UNWTO,
Europeans travel more than all other regions combined with a whopping
52.8 percent of all outbound tourists. Asia and the Pacific (21 percent)
and the Americas (16 percent) make up most of the rest of the outbound
travelers with the Middle East (3.8 percent) and Africa (2.9 percent)
rounding out the field."
"The Americas" in this case would include Canada, US and all Central and South American citizens combined. I imagine that this population would have to double or treble the population of the US, which would be roughly equivalent to the population of Europe.
Perhaps travel is seen as an upper-class luxury in the US whereas many other world citizens will endeavour to do it no matter what their budget.
Of course, it's not hard to "travel" to another country in Europe; most of the time it would just involve a drive down the road. I entered four countries in about five hours in Europe. That would hardly get you through the same amount of small country towns in Australia.
So... sorry mate, I don't think your argument holds water.
In the most recent UNWTO World Tourism Barometer (data from June 2011) it also ranks the countries by expenditure per capita (US$) in the following order:Australia 1,014Germany 952Canada 866United Kingdom 780France 625Italy 449United States 244Japan 219Russian Federation 189And dropping China way down on the list with only 41.
I think is not a good ranking. Firstly because of the question: who travel the most? It means how many trips or how many people brought abroad? If the latter, it s very bad about expenses because if two very rich German went abroad and spent 40 billon dollars and 10 millon chinese went abroad and they spent 100 dollars each they gonna spend less than Germans but they brought much more people. If we want to ask how many trip were done independently of it dependes on frequency or number of people, so we should know the average expenses per trip. Maybe some countries have the average higher than other because they do mostly business travels and other leisure travels.
How interesting! I wonder what that boils down to if you look at spending per average person. That would probably move the US and China much lower in the list because they have so many more people than, say, the Netherlands. Cool post!
Being German, I am sitting here thinking that 80 billion divided by the 80 million or so population comes down to 1000 per person. Wow! Considering that many people don't travel at all, that is pretty high...
you're a moron dude...stop with the America hate...you just look hysterical and insecure.
Face it, Americans travel more and broader spaces than most other people...its a fact.
Very high, of course, like I said in the post, Germans probably spend a lot of money driving to neighboring countries and spending money, but it still gives a pretty accurate picture.
Bull...How many countries you visited "mate"...if you include your troops in the figures...of course you'll win!
sorry mate, your either trolling or missed his point.
All he is saying is that this is running absolute values instead of per capita values.
as per the response bellow (Jutta Tilvis (Finland)) the amount spent per person from each country changes the results considerably, placing Aussies at the top (something that most backpackers would agree with on a who they met scale).
Also, there wasn't any american hating. We Aussies tend to travel multiple times during our life (big overseas trips i mean). Quite a lot of Americans i met while traveling were doing there "one big trip", having finished college and blasting around a bit before going to get a "real" life. The whole kids and a white picket fence thing. Its different ideals about traveling is all.
Germans are very curious about the all countries.
Germans have much more holidays than other nations, they do several trips per anno. It's pretty cheap to go from Germany to other European destinations. Germans love to travel to all European countries, especially Spain, France, Italy, Greece and Turkey. Those who can afford often like to go to U.S., South-East-Asia, South-Africa, Carrbibean or Australia.