The World’s Most Traveled Countries

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The world is on the move.  More people travel now than ever before. A growing middle-class, prosperous citizens and the ease of travel have made it possible for millions of people to venture out into the world.

Most of us like to travel; whether to visit family and friends, see new countries, travel to exotic locations or explore hidden wonders of the world. In 2014 alone, 1.2 billion people left their respective home countries in order to travel to international destinations.

We have crunched a bunch of travel data to produce this infographic in order to give you a clear overview of the world’s most traveled countries.

The World’s Most Traveled Countries - BookMundiThe World’s Most Traveled Countries - BookMundiA United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) study found that 1.2 billion people left their respective home countries in order to travel to international destinations in 2014. Of these 1.2 billion people, the Chinese travelled the most with more than 101 million international trips in 2014. The Chinese are expected to exceed 150 million international trips by the end of 2016, a dramatic almost 50% increase in only 2 years.   

The second and third nations who travelled the most were Germany and the USA with 83 million and 68 million international trips, respectively.

The World’s Most Traveled Countries - BookMundiThe World’s Most Traveled Countries - BookMundiOn a per capita basis, Hong Kong is the world’s most travelled nationality, according to a study conducted by the UK-based Timetric. In 2014, every Hong Konger made on average 4.3 international trips. Finland and Switzerland are the second and third most travelled nationalities with 1.7 and 1.6 international trips per capita, followed by Singapore, Sweden, Denmark, Austria, the Netherlands, Canada and Germany.

Comparing the most travelled nations in absolute number of international trips per year with the per capita numbers, it seems clear that a high GDP per capita correlates well with a high number of international trips per capita.

The World’s Most Traveled Countries - BookMundiThe World’s Most Traveled Countries - BookMundiLooking at the total number of trips made both internationally and domestically, where a domestic trip is defined as staying at least one night in a different location, Finland, the USA and Sweden are the world’s most travelled nations with 7.5, 6.7, and 6 trips made per capita in 2014, respectively. While we can’t locate the exact reason why Swedish and Finnish people travel that much domestically the reason for the USA is due to the country’s own rich culture and vastness of the land, coupled with having sufficient income to travel.

Summing up, while Chinese, Germans and Americans are the world’s most travelled nationalities having made 101 million, 83 million and 68 million international trips in 2014, respectively; Hong Kong, Finland and Switzerland are the world’s most travelled nationalities per capita with 4.3, 1.7 and 1.6 international trips per capita. Adding domestic trips to the equation, Finland, USA and Sweden become the world’s most travelled nationalities with 7.5, 6.7 and 6 trips per capita per year, respectively.

If this article has tickled your wanderlust and you want to go traveling, then head on over to BookMundi to book your next destination.

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