DFDS Pearl ferry at sea

Where do Poles go on holiday?

Where do Poles go on holiday and how much do they spend?

This is the basic question that every Pole asks himself every year. Where, with whom and for how much? Most of us travel with family or a partner, with friends or alone. Our habits and options have changed significantly over the past few decades, just like the financing options for our vacation trips. Not without significance is the fact that more and more of us use social media, where posting photos from a great vacation is simply very cool.

According to research carried out over the past few years by various institutions such as the Polish Chamber of Tourism and Diners Club Poland, the Tourist Guarantee Fund notes that more and more of us travel outside of Poland and Europe, while still most of us choose holidays in Poland.

Some of us choose travel agencies, others plan their own trips, but a lot depends on our budget and the company with which we intend to travel. More and more people are planning a vacation half a year, or even a year earlier, but there are lucky among us who can afford to rest whenever they feel like it. 'First minute' offers are gaining popularity taking the place of 'last minute' offers.

An average Pole plans to spend PLN 2,000-3,000 per person on vacation. The most active group of travelers are people aged 30-45. An interesting fact is that those using the 500+ program much more often choose leisure abroad than people who are not beneficiaries of the program.

  1. Destination

Once loved Türkiye, Tunisia, Bulgaria have been overshadowed by Greece and Spain for some time, but the last two years show a clear return to former favorites. Perhaps it is a matter of exchange rates and finances, because the trip price is not insignificant or exotic for most of us.

The fact is that both Türkiye and Tunisia experienced a real renaissance last year, and all indications are that this trend will continue this year. Although Greece remains an attractive travel destination. Albania, which only a few years ago was chosen by a few, became a very popular place. Among the exotic places, the Dominican Republic is headed, followed by the Arab Emirates. Thailand is becoming as sought-after as Greece, many travel agencies have sold out trips a few months before the planned trip.

  1. How to get there

Half of us choose organized forms of leisure, such as travel agency offers or full packages offered by resorts or hotels. It is extremely convenient, because our only concern is to pack a suitcase and not to forget to bring good humor. However, there are among us traveling to exotic places on their own, planning their holidays using the experiences of people who have already been there. This solution allows you to spread the cost of travel, because buying a ticket to Thailand, China or Madagascar is usually half the cost of the whole trip, and if you can take advantage of the promotion of airlines then you can save a lot. Of course, we travel not only by train or plane. Many people go on holiday by car, which means that they can stop wherever they want and do not have to worry too much about the baggage restrictions imposed by airlines.

"Our Polish customers often use our services when they go on vacation or come back from it. They usually choose a cruise from Dover to Calais, which only lasts 90 minutes, but a very popular connection is Dover - Dunkirk, lasting 2 hours, as well as our night cruise from Newcastle to Amsterdam, flowing 15 hours. "- said Na-omi Harper PR Manager at DFDS.

  1. Insurance Our national proverb is: "a wise Pole after damage" and as the statistics from previous years show, it is very visible during the holidays. The number of people using travel insurance has dropped significantly over the past few years. Moving only in Europe, we only use the European Health Insurance Card. Some of us take out insurance upon arrival or when shopping. However, most of us travel without insurance and hope that nothing will happen to them.

  2. Board The ubiquitous social media, faster and cheaper Internet access even in the farthest corners of the world also affect our culinary choices during the holidays. To show off to our friends, we often give up hotel food and go to local restaurants and bars to sample the local cuisine. In this way we can learn more about local folklore, learn customs and integrate with the inhabitants. We have become more open to world culinary novelties and are happy to replace the traditional pork chop with pasta with sea urchins or other "inventions". We bring more and more "culinary" souvenirs in the form of oils, spices, fruits and local recipes from travel, thanks to which we can feel the magic of the place where we spent our last vacation in the comfort of home cooking.

"One of the advantages of traveling by ferry is that you start your rest as soon as you get on board, and we transport you to your destination. During this time, you can recharge your batteries for your onward journey, and the delicious food served in our restaurants will help you. Ferries on all our routes have on board cafes, bars and restaurants, whose menu is filled with delicious dishes and snacks. Whether you want to eat something light or sit down to the feast, you will definitely choose something for yourself, says Naomi Harper from DFDS. "

For more information or to book a flight, please visit: www.dfds.pl

About DFDS: DFDS is the largest integrated shipping and logistics company in Northern Europe with a network of about 30 routes and 50 cargo and passenger ships.

DFDS prides itself on offering world-class facilities and services, and the largest selection of ferry routes to Northern Europe.

In the UK, the company operates passenger services on routes from Dover to Calais, from Dover to Dunkirk, from Newcastle to Amsterdam and from Newhaven to Dieppe. DFDS received the title of "Leading Ferry Operator in the World" for eight years in a row (2011-2018), as well as "Leading European Ferry Operator" in the years (2012-2019).

DFDS currently operates up to 54 flights a day between Dover and France on the Do-ver-Dunkirk and Dover-Calais routes. DFDS also offers two daily cruises between New-castle and Amsterdam. In addition, the DFDS network includes passenger and freight services between Newhaven and Dieppe, where four daily flights are operated by Transmanche Ferries.

Ferries on the Dover-Calais, Côte Des Dunes, Côte Des Flandres and Calais Seaways routes fly under the banner of France. Ships sailing on the Dover-Dunkirk route, Dover Seaways, Delft Seaways and Dunkerque Seaways and sail under the flag of Great Britain.

For more information about DFDS or to check the latest timetable, fares and offers on all routes from the United Kingdom, visit www.dfds.pl.

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