Eurail, which travels through 28 European countries with its series of flexible rail passes, has revealed Australia’s latest travel trends.
The survey of 1000 Australians, aged 18 years and older, revealed that social media influence is in, the gap year is high on the ‘wish list’, and your chosen means of travel can make or break your trip.
Eurail has also introduced a number of exciting developments in 2017, including a 20 per cent discount on now until the end of the year, making it even easier for travellers to immerse themselves in the different cultural fabrics of Europe.
The results confirm that travel envy is the major deciding factor of holiday choices, with 47 per cent of Australians likely to gain inspiration from their friends and 44 per cent of millennials from social media.
That is, millennials are more likely to book a destination after scouring through social media, checking out the stunning #instatravel posts, quick adventure snippets, and galleries filled with imagery of the food, entertainment and breathtaking
views found at the world’s most coveted travel hot spots.
Additionally, the elusive gap year has made a comeback, but no longer is the adventure reserved for ‘schoolies’ aiming for a taste of adventure after high school exams.
As many as 83 per cent of those surveyed said they’d gladly take a gap year, with older generations keen to sign up for a break from the doldrums of a high-paced, and work-dominated, lifestyle.
The most popular type of gap year, according to 46 per cent of those surveyed, would be to explore Europe’s great cities at a leisurely pace.
Lastly, as many as 68 per cent say that their holiday could be ruined by airline misdemeanors, such as baggage loss, or flight delays, while 39 per cent also express that rigid travel itineraries can negatively impact their holiday.
As such, exploring the sights and delights of their desired destination by train remains the more reliable choice, with Eurail providing the perfect option for agents to give their customers looking for a hassle-free holiday.
“It’s exciting to see so many Australians, from a wide spectrum of backgrounds and ages, being inspired to experience the beauty of Europe”, says Clarissa Mattos, Eurail Market Manager, who is currently in Australia to share the latest news and developments with the travel trade.
“We’re incredibly proud of our partnerships with our Australian travel trade partners who help us provide a reliable and flexible choice for Aussies to explore Europe in the most unique, and relaxed, way”.
The news of these trends comes as Eurail celebrates what has been a huge year for the European travel pass, with a series of exciting product developments introduced, and even more set to for 2018:
- The Big Eurail 20 per cent Off Pass: From now until 31 December, The Big Eurail Pass offers 20 per cent off for everyone to discover Europe’s fascinating landmarks and destinations, for less. Groups who book can save up to 32 per cent off with a Saver Pass.
- Extended Booking Period: Eurail Pass can now be purchased up to 11 months in advance, meaning customers can choose their Pass and plan their trip well-before their journey start date.
- Eurostar: Customers can now use their Eurail Pass on Eurostar trains allowing travel between London and mainland Europe with ease and speed.
- Kids Travel Free: Up to two children 11 years of age and under travel for free with at least one adult.
Eurail has been providing multi-destination train travel in Europe since 1959. With just one rail pass, travellers
have the ability to travel in and through up to 28 different European countries.
Eurail partners with hotels and hostels, public transport, and sightseeing attractions to provide all guests with additional special benefits across Europe to help make their journey even more memorable.
Eurail Pass validity can be as short as three days or as long as three months, and each Eurail Pass can be adapted to give travellers the holiday they desire at the best possible