Millennials remain upbeat about travel throughout Brexit talks, with trips to continental Europe up 24%

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 29 March, 2018, 09:30

Today (March 29) marks one year since Article 50 was triggered, and one year remaining until Britain officially departs the EU.

Despite the ongoing uncertainty, Millennial-geared tour operator Contiki has found that Brexit negotiations haven't deterred Brits from travelling to continental Europe.

According to Contiki, sales on the brand's European trips have increased by nearly a quarter (24 per cent) since the UK's decision to leave the EU on 23 June 20161.

Contiki's booking data shows young travellers are keen to tick off European landmarks and icons, with trips travelling through multiple destinations amongst some of the best-selling.

Contiki's top 10 most popular European trips

Contiki TripCountries visitedLength of trip (days)1. Croatia Island Escape1 8 2. European Horizon8 10 3. Oktoberfest1 6 4. European Highlights8 14 5. European Discovery9 12 6. Simply Italy2 12 7. Greek Island Hopping1 13 8. Turkish Sailing1 8 9. European Whirl10 18 10.European Escapade11 25

Three out of Contiki's top five best-selling Europe trips travel through up to nine different countries in up to two weeks. It seems young Brits are more than happy to spend their longer breaks exploring Europe's many corners, with plenty of bucket list-worthy spots to tick off.

However, according to a recent Contiki Facebook poll, less than 50 per cent of respondents had visited some of the most popular landmarks in Italy, including the Grand Canal in Venice (just 48 per cent), Leaning Tower of Pisa (37 per cent) and the Duomo in Florence (35 per cent).

Only 13 per cent of those surveyed have visited all eight of the popular European landmarks listed in the poll; the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame in Paris, Colosseum and Trevi Fountain in Rome, Anne Frank's House in Amsterdam, the Grand Canal in Venice, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and the Duomo in Florence.

“It's great to see that the appetite of young Brits to explore Europe has been on the rise since the 2016 referendum, and that they want to see more and do more on their European holidays," says Donna Jeavons, Director of Sales and Marketing at Contiki.

"Maybe this is down to Brits feeling more of an affinity to our European neighbours since the vote."