Travel statistics of any kind have always fascinated me, as I am always interested in where people are travelling to, how they are getting around, and what they are seeing when they are there. This gives me ideas for future trips that I might like to try myself one day.
AVIS, the car rental people, recently came up with an interesting little infographic that caught my eye, which you can see below.
Its actually quite a clever little chart, listing not only which nationalities tend to hire the most cars whilst they are on holiday in the UK (its visitors from the USA, by the way, representing a massive 28.5% of foreign nationals renting cars in the UK) but also listing which countries people from the UK are most likely to hire a car in. Unsurprisingly perhaps, this is Spain, although I didn't expect to see Italy ranked third.
I have rented cars abroad a couple of times during various trips, once in Australia and once in New Zealand. Both times, I found it to be a convenient way of getting around, especially when combined with camping as it made things surprisingly affordable. Australia and New Zealand also have the added advantage that everyone there drives on the left.
Perhaps the most interesting thing that I took from the AVIS infographic though, was the use of the Facebook “check-in” statistic. It gave a list of destinations in the UK and throughout Europe that the most people had “checked” into. Alton Towers came out top in the UK, and Euro-Disney in France was the number one over the channel. I haven't really used the Facebook check-in function before, and it got me wondering how it would be possible to integrate it with my site and perhaps use google maps combined with a GPS system so that visitors to my site could monitor the progress of my next trip.
I am always happy when people write in and leave a comment so if you have rented a car abroad and have an interesting story to tell, why not leave a comment here. In addition, if you use the Facebook check-in facility for your own blog, or can think of other uses for it, I would be equally pleased to hear from you.