93% of adults in Ireland go on holiday at least once a year, survey finds

70% of respondents are planning to go on a summer holiday this season.

93% of adults in Ireland go on holiday at least once a year, survey finds

A new survey has revealed that the majority of adults in Ireland go on holiday every year while almost 60% have been to more than seven countries.

An iReach Insights poll found that 93% of adults in Ireland go on holiday at least once a year.

The nationally representative survey of 1,001 adults also found that 59% of adults have been to more than seven countries, with Europe (95%), Ireland (78%) and North America (55%) the most travelled to destinations.

On average, adults here spend over €2,500 on holiday each year, however, 54% feel an increased financial pressure when it comes to planning trips.

70% of respondents are planning to go on a summer holiday this season.

Of those, 63% are planning a holiday abroad with 14% planning a staycation here in Ireland. 23% are considering both.

The survey found that 44% will travel with family, 30% with their life partner and 21% with friends. Only 5% will travel alone.

The study also looked at the most popular destinations for adults in Ireland.

The top five favourite summer destinations abroad are:

  • 1. Spain (35%)
  • 2. Portugal (18%)
  • 3. England (15%)
  • 4. Italy (10%)
  • 5. America (9%)

When compared to the 2018 findings, America has overtaken France fifth place.

Meanwhile, the top five travel destinations within Ireland were:

  • 1. Galway (34%)
  • 2. Kerry (32%)
  • 3. Dublin (24%)
  • 4. Cork (23%)
  • 5. Mayo (17%)

When people were asked about what the enjoyed most about holidays, relaxing (77%) and eating out (62%) proved to be the most popular responses.

In figures released yesterday, the Central Statistics Office revealed that

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From January to April 2019 Irish residents' trips overseas increased by 9.5% - a jump to 2,472,200.

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