Tipping Research: How much tip is given in European taxis?

Every day we at taxi2airport receive the questions: Should I tip? And if so, how much should I tip tip? As we operate in so many countries, the answer is different for each country. Therefore we carried out research in 37 European countries to chart the ‘tipping behavior’ of Europeans. Per country, at least 60 taxi drivers were asked to keep track of the tips given in the period from February 2018 to September 2018.

In total, tens of thousands of trips were analyzed. From this analysis, a selection was made of similar taxi rides (based on distances to and from the airport) and an equal number of trips per country.

Height of taxi tips in 37 European countries

In euros – Of all the countries surveyed, the British gave the highest tip in the taxi. On average € 7.95 tip (converted) is given in the British taxis. Finns (7.36 euros), Swiss (7.10 euros) and Swedes (7 euros) also give, on average, a high tip to their taxi drivers.

Taxi drivers in Macedonia are least fortunate when it comes to tips from all the countries surveyed. The average tip is the lowest in Macedonia with 99 euro cents. Also in Russia (1.10 euro), Georgia (1.10 euro), Bosnia & Herzegovina (1.25 euro) and Serbia (1.47 euro), taxi drivers get relatively low tips that fluctuate around a euro.

In percentages – When the tips are weighed against the fare, Spanish taxi drivers get the highest percentages (11.44 percent of the fare). Russian drivers, with an average of about 2 percent, receive the lowest tip percentage of all European countries surveyed.

The Netherlands, with the third highest percentage of 10.17 percent, is also well-regarded as a ‘tip paradise’ for taxi drivers.

Research accountability

Taxi2Airport carried out the research in the following countries: United Kingdom, Finland, Switzerland, Sweden, Spain, Denmark, the Netherlands, Austria, Belgium, Germany, France, Portugal, Norway, Hungary, Luxembourg, Turkey, Estonia, Iceland, Greece, Malta, Ireland, Bulgaria, Czechia, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Belarus, Italy, Croatia, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Serbia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Georgia, Russia, Macedonia.

60 taxi drivers per country were asked to keep track of the tips given in the period February 2018 through September 2018. In total, tens of thousands of taxi rides to and from the airport were analyzed. 

Activities to do and places to see in Tenerife

The Canary Islands aren’t just basic islands with some great beaches, they have a wide range of things to do and places to visit and explore. Did you know how many stunning things are happening in Tenerife?  If you want to live a whole Canary experience, this is the best island to visit.

Teide National Park

With an elevation of 3.718 m above sea level, Teide is considered the highest mountain peak in Spain. You can get there in many ways and you don’t even have to climb to the top of it to enjoy such wonderful views!

You can get there via Cable Car or also hiking, but you can only get to the Teide Astronomical Observatory (2.390 m.) without permission, due to the Natural Park protections. However, if you’re an adventurous one you can always ask for the permit and wish to be luckily accepted. Another option is accessing there anytime after before 9:00 am or after 17:00 pm.

Puerto de la Cruz Carnival  

One of the most well-known international carnivals around the world and it’s for free! If you’re available in-between the 18th of February and the 10th of March just book your flights right now. Also, don’t forget to book your transportation from the airport to your Hotel since these days are going to be really busy in Tenerife. You can choose wherever you prefer to be picked up: from the South Airport or the North Airport. For sure you’re not going to regret it!

Each year, there’s a theme to go dressed as (this one is Space). We don’t want to spoil your visit there already, just get ready to walk around Puerto’s streets surrounded by amazing costumes and awesome music playing, all for free.

Siam Park

If you feel like not only learning from the Spanish culture but also the Thai one, you can always visit one of the best Thai parks in Europe with all your family and enjoy all the different activities it offers for all ages.

Cueva del Viento 

Don’t you feel like hiking to Teide but you want to explore Tenerife’s nature still? You can always go caving to these caves located in Pico Viejo (another inactive volcano in the island, whose eruption was the creator of these caves. However, you can only access there if you book a tourist guide, but believe us: It’s really worth it! Also, it’s one of the best ways to get an idea of the natural attractions this island offers.

Loro Parque 

If you’re looking for a more exotic experience and you’re longing to a wide variety of animals, then Loro Parque is the place you need to visit. It was initially focused on a parrots Zoo but now you can even see from seeing lions or whales until lions as well as different flowers or trees. Also, if you’re already planning to visit Siam Park you can book both tickets together so you make the most of your experience.

Mercadillos

One of the most traditional activities that now has become such a landmark of this island is its town food markets. There are many of them happening around the island weekly, you can find them rated and scheduled on this website.  Mercadillos will provide you with the most delicious food from the Canary Islands for the best prices.

So if you’re longing to visit one of the most overwhelming and versatile islands in Spain you’ve just come across with the perfect choice.

5 Museums We Love in Barcelona

Does your Barcelona itinerary include museums? If not, it really should. This city is known for tapas, siestas, and fantastic cuisine. However, the city’s museum scene is just as notable. If you’re visiting Barcelona and want to dive into the culture and art, the museums are the best places to start. Here are five museums in Barcelona that we absolutely love. 

Museu Picasso

An entire museum dedicated to Picasso? That’s right! This impressive building is home to more than 3,800 pieces of his original works. As you tour the museum, you’ll see the transformation of Picasso’s life and artwork. Through his artwork, you can see the growth of his talents over the years. Look for some of his famous paintings like; Person With Fruit Bowl, Gored Horse, and Science and Charity.

Fundació Suñol 

This contemporary museum contains the personal art collection of businessman, Josep Suñol. It’s a collection of sculptures, photography, and paintings, with around 100 works displayed at one time. Suñol collected more than 1,000 pieces over 35 years, with many original works by Miró, Picasso, and Pablo Gargallo, Boetti, Warhol, Dalí, Tàpies, García-Alix Man Ray, Giacometti, Lootz, Gordillo, Navarro, Zush, Solano, Abad, Plensa, Colomer, Manils. The museum functions as a non-profit and works to not only promote art, but specifically avant-garde production.

Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya

Also referred to as MNAC, this museum holds an impressive collection of Catalan art from the 19th and 20th centuries. It’s also known for its collection of Romanesque art and the impressive architecture of the building that houses it. Visitors will find religious paintings, Romanesque murals, and modern Catalan photography. While visiting, pay special attention to the building’s impressive architecture, which dates back to 1929, as well as the significant collection of Romanesque religious paintings (this is one of the best collections in the world.) Notable works to see include; Apse of la Seu d’Urgell, Paintings From Arlanza, Altar Frontal From Avia, Baldachin from Tost, and Apse of Santa Maria d’Aneu.

The Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona

Also referred to as the CCCB, this museum is known for its thought-provoking exhibits. The main theme of the museum surrounds city life and urban culture. The exhibits are often interactive, rotating, and educational. And, since the center often hosts events, festivals, and workshops, it’s worth seeing what’s happening while you’re in Barcelona.

CosmoCaixa

If you’re interested in an off-the-beaten-path museum in Barcelona, this is your place. It’s a science museum that is great for the family, as exhibits are interactive and fun. You’ll find rock formations, constellations, a scaled solar system for children, and a 3D Planetarium. Visitors can also see exhibits focused on nature, science, and the environment. This is one of Barcelona’s best museums for kids as they can play, touch, learn, and explore.

If you’re visiting Barcelona, these museums should definitely make it on the itinerary. They’ll allow you to take a deep dive into the culture and history of the city.

7 Interesting Facts About Palma Cathedral

If you’re visiting Majorca, Spain, you won’t be able to miss the Palma Cathedral. It commands attention with its regal, Gothic-style architecture. Even if you knew nothing about this cathedral, it’s likely that you’d want to visit anyway. However, we’ve rounded up some of the most interesting facts so you’ll know what you’re looking at. Here are seven noteworthy tidbits about Palma Cathedral that are worth knowing before you go.

The Bell Tower Holds Nine Different Bells

This famous bell tower has not one, not two, but nine bells! The most famous bell is called Eloi, and it weighs nearly 5000 kilograms. The bells rings on the hour, every hour, each day. And, it can be heard distinctly all around the island.

The Royal Chapel is a Burying Ground For Kings

 

The tombs of King James II and III can be found in the Royal Chapel, along with several Bishops. The most notable is the Bishop of Palma, who asked for his hat to be hung above his tomb. The hat is still in good condition and can be seen above the tomb today.

A Museum Visit Comes Free With a Ticket

 

A ticket to Palma Cathedral is really a two-for-one deal as you’ll have access to the onsite museum. The doors and walls are adorned with intricate carvings, symbols, and artwork. The historic sculptures and paintings teach visitors the differences between Gothic and Renaissance culture and artwork.

There Are 87 Stained Glass Windows

 

This cathedral is home to 87 stained glass windows and seven rose windows. The most significant can be found above the altar, centrally illuminating the church with its bright colours. Twice a year, the sunlight comes in just perfectly, illuminating the entire wall above the main entrance. In fact, each year on November 11th and February 2nd, the La Fiesta de la Candelaria is held for visitors to view this beautiful sight.

The Cathedral Was Built Because of an Oath to God

This cathedral was built not out of necessity but to make good on a promise to God. The stories say that King James I set out to fight the Arabs. However, a massive storm came through, terrifying even the bravest of soldiers. As everyone feared for their lives, King James made an oath to God that he would build a grand cathedral if they survived. Not only did the army weather the storm successfully, but they beat the Arabs afterwards. As a way to showcase Christianity’s win over Islam, the king had a mosque torn down and the cathedral built in its place.

It Was Once Damaged by an Earthquake

While this beauty stands tall and proud, it was once the victim of a devastating earthquake. Construction originally started in the 14th century and was completed by 1601. It hadn’t stood for long before an earthquake did incredible damage in 1851. The cathedral was originally constructed in Gothic style, but during repairs, it received some Renaissance design as well.

Famous Architect, Antoni Gaudi Worked on The Cathedral

Even Antoni Gaudi, the famous architect responsible for Sagrada Familia, put his finishing touches on the building. While he didn’t play a role in the construction of the original version, he lent a helping hand to rebuild the structure after the earthquake.

When visiting the Palma Cathedral, there’s more than meets the eye. This beautiful piece of architecture is surrounded by stories, historical events, and significant moments. Be in-the-know before you go if you want to fully appreciate this site.

5 Top Spots for Tapas in Barcelona

Barcelona is one of the best places to visit in Spain, and it is all about the tapas. The food scene as a whole is fantastic, but the tapas are worth exploring on their own. If you’re visiting Barcelona with kids, then you’ll find that ordering tapas is a great way to allow them to try lots of new dishes. These tiny dishes are usually packed with flavour, and often come complimentary when you order drinks. Some Barcelona restaurants specialize in tapas, so you can try a wide variety. If you’re visiting Barcelona and want to really sink your teeth into the food scene, here are the top tapas spots to try.

Suculent

This modern tapas bar is a hot spot for foodies who like a bit of adventure in their meal. Suculent has a long list of options, and many of them are unique, or a twist on the classics. Mix and match if you want to wrap your mind around the flavours. Guests can choose from three different menu options, which have specific numbers of appetizers, starters, dishes, and desserts. If you only have one thing, make it the grilled bone marrow with steak tartare on top.

Jai-Ca

This spot is for the serious eaters. The tables may be small but the amount of food that comes from the kitchen is impressive. Jai-Ca can be found in the Fisherman’s Quarter of Barcelona, and is known for its seafood tapas. If you’re a fan of fried sea creatures, you won’t want to miss this. Stuff yourself with razor clams, fried squid, steamed mussels, or a spicy bomba, a fried potato ball filled with meat, spices, and vegetables.

La Esquinica

 

It takes a bit of effort to get to La Esquinica, but it’s absolutely worth it. It’s located in the Nou Barris neighbourhood and has ques out the door. The staff will give you a ticket with a number and call you when there’s enough room. While it’s a lot of hustle and bustle, the value and tastes of the tapas make it worth your while. Make sure to try the fried squid, sausage, patatas bravas with aioli, and the stuffed mussels.

Quimet & Quimet

 

This small tapas bar has been passed along to multiple generations of the Quimets. It started off as a wine bar back in 1914, but slowly evolved into the much-loved tapas bar that it is today. While they still have a fantastic wine list, the food has really stolen the show. This spot is known for tin and jar preserves and open-faced sandwiches. Make sure to try the razor clams preserves and the montadito with Brie, artichoke, red pepper, and caviar.

El Rincon del Cava

 

Like the name suggests, this spot is well-known for its Cava (sparkling wine from Catalonia.) This cava bar can be found in the district of Poble Sec, and is considered a bit of a hole-in-the-wall. Both the cava and the tapas are extremely cheap. And, they offer half-sized tapas portions so that you can get to try a wide selection.

If you’re exploring Barcelona, you must try the tapas. East as many as you can and visit as many tapas bars as possible. These small dishes are part of the culture, and they are so cheap and filling that you’ll be satisfied no matter where you go. If you’re interested in food, then here are some other typical Spanish dishes you can enjoy. You can book your taxi from Barcelona airport here.

Top 5 Sunny Places to Visit in December

The festive season in December is a great time for people, to travel around the world. If you are living in a cold region, now is the perfect opportunity to enjoy cheap holidays in a warm and sunny place. In the following, we ae going to share our top locations to escape the holiday crowds.

Cartagena, Colombia

This port city at Colombia’s Caribbean Coast offers warm weather, stunning beaches and a fascinating history. It is surrounded by ancient stone walls, which is even a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Of course, a romantic walk in the snow might be appealing, but who wouldn’t want to spend their Christmas holidays in a city like this? Furthermore, you can enjoy delicious food, from street food to upper class restaurant. Furthermore, the city becomes a festival of light in December, with festive decoration combined with local culture, making this to an unforgettable experience.

Cape Town, South Africa

In December the crowds of the peak summer have died out in Cape Town and you can enjoy this amazing city in peace. In addition, the sun is not burning anymore but it is still warm and dry with chilly evenings. Furthermore, the temperature doesn’t go below 20C during the European Winter. Once in Cape Town, you should definitely enjoy the view from the Table Mountains. With 3,500 meters above the sea level it offers an amazing look over the city. The top can be reached with the famous cableway or by hiking for the adventurous of you.

Krabi, Thailand

Krabi enjoys a tropical climate with temperatures rarely falling below 27C at day. However, there are two seasons, dry and rain. Whereas the dry season starts in December and goes until April. Here, the temperatures are also slowly rising. This means, if you want to enjoy the perfect summer weather, you should think about going early in December. The days are not unbearably hot and the nights are comfortably cool. Krabi Town offers funky bars, Western restaurants and traditional Asian markets, where you can also do some Christmas shopping.

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Stretching around Mexico’s Pacific Coast, Puerto Vallarta is one of the top destinations in this country. Every year, millions of people come here to enjoy the sandy beaches and stylish restaurants in its cobblestone center. Here, you can also gaze at the historical Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe church. After sunset, the city becomes even more alive. Along the cobblestone streets you can enjoy an amazing nightlife in numerous bars and clubs.

Marrakesh, Morocco

Placed at the edge of the Sahara Desert, Morocco stays warm throughout winter. Also, this happens to be the cheapest time to fly into this beautiful oriental country. For a sunny city break Marrakesh is the perfect opportunity. Here you can enjoy the market with colourful spices, culinary delicacies, fresh juices and many traditional cafes. The historical center also offers many opportunities to buy your beloved ones a Christmas present. You will be amazed by the huge offer the market has. Go and convince yourself!

Of course, Taxi2Airport.com has the cheapest prices throughout the holiday season. Click here and book your transfer now!

Fooienonderzoek 2018: hoeveel fooi wordt er in de taxi gegeven?

Wat moet je geven als fooi?

Een goede vraag die vaak wordt gesteld. In het restaurant, bij eten thuis laten bezorgen, op reis, en dus ook in de taxi. Nog steeds komen er met regelmaat vragen binnen bij de taxichauffeurs van Taxi2Airport over hoeveel fooi ‘normaal’ is om te geven. Het airport taxiplatform kwam twee jaar geleden al met een onderzoek naar fooien, waaruit bleek dat Nederlanders gemiddeld zo’n 5,30 euro fooi gaven in de taxi van en naar de luchthaven.

Maar hoe zit dit nu anno 2018? En hoe verhoudt de gemiddelde fooi in Nederland zich tot andere Europese landen? Taxi2Airport deed onderzoek in 37 Europese landen, om het ‘fooigedrag’ van Europeanen in kaart te brengen. Per land werd aan minimaal 60 taxichauffeurs gevraagd om in de periode van februari 2018 tot en met september 2018 de gegeven fooien bij te houden.

In totaal werden tienduizenden ritten geanalyseerd. Uit deze analyse werd een selectie gemaakt van gelijkwaardige taxiritten (op basis van afstanden naar en vanaf het vliegveld), gelijke aantallen ritten per land en ritten per regio (in Nederland).

Nederlander geeft ruim 10 procent meer fooi in de taxi

Waar Nederlanders in het vorige onderzoek van Taxi2Airport gemiddeld 5,30 euro fooi gaven, is dit bedrag inmiddels gestegen. In 2018 geven Nederlanders afgerond zo’n 5,90 euro fooi; een stijging van 10,2 procent. Afgezet tegen de gemiddelde ritprijs (57,60 euro) geven Nederlanders hiermee 10,17 procent van de ritprijs aan fooi.

Taxi fooien per provincie

Gemiddeld geven Nederlanders dus 5,86 euro fooi in de taxi. Op provinciaal niveau bestaan er echter grote verschillen in de fooien die reizigers aan de taxichauffeur geven. Zo geven mensen in Utrecht gemiddeld 2,93 euro fooi per rit, terwijl Zeeuwen 7,73 euro tippen. Ook Friezen zijn ‘gulle tippers’ met een gemiddelde fooi van 7,25 euro. Reizigers in Limburgers mogen zich ook goede fooi gevers nomen. Zij geven zo’n 7,11 euro extra aan de taxichauffeur, op weg van of naar het vliegveld.

Hoogte taxi fooi in 37 Europese landen

In euro’s – Van alle onderzochte landen geven Britten de hoogste fooi in de taxi. Gemiddeld wordt (omgerekend) 7,95 euro fooi gegeven in de Britse taxi’s. Ook Finnen (7,36 euro), Zwitsers (7,10 euro) en Zweden (7 euro) geven gemiddeld hoge fooien aan hun taxichauffeur.

Taxichauffeurs in Macedonië hebben, van alle onderzochte landen, het minst geluk als het aankomt op fooien. De gemiddelde fooi ligt in Macedonië het laagst met 99 eurocent. Ook in Rusland (1,10 euro), Georgië (1,10 euro), Bosnië & Herzegovina (1,25 euro) en Servië (1,47 euro) krijgen taxichauffeurs relatief lage fooien die rond een euro schommelen.

In percentages – Wanneer de fooien worden afgewogen tegen de ritprijs, zijn het Spaanse taxichauffeurs die procentueel de hoogste fooien krijgen (11,44 procent van de ritprijs). Russische chauffeurs krijgen, met een gemiddelde van zo’n 2 procent, het laagste fooi percentage van alle onderzochte Europese landen.

Nederland staat, met het op-drie-na hoogste percentage van 10,17 procent, ook goed aangeschreven als ‘fooi paradijs’ voor taxichauffeurs.

Onderzoeksverantwoording
Taxi2airport verrichtte het onderzoek in de volgende landen:
Rusland, Litouwen, Griekenland, Duitsland, Georgië, Kroatië, Macedonië, Polen, Italië, Ijsland, Ierland, Roemenië, Noorwegen, Spanje, Portugal, Servië, Letland, Bosnië en Herzegovina, Slowakije, Hongarije, Luxemburg, Tsjechië, Belarus, Malta, Denemarken, Frankrijk, Oostenrijk, België, Turkije, Bulgarije, Cyprus, Zweden, Estland, Nederland, Zwitserland, Finland, Verenigd Koninkrijk.

Per land werd aan 60 taxichauffeurs gevraagd om in de periode februari 2018 tot en met september 2018 de gegeven fooien bij te houden. In totaal werden tienduizenden taxiritten naar en vanaf het vliegveld geanalyseerd.

5 Beautiful Bakeries in Paris

Whether you’re flying to Charles de Gaulle or Paris Orly airport, the first thing you should do when you arrive in France’s capital to is sample the best pastries available! Bakeries can be just as beautiful as the goods they produce. And, when it comes to Paris, this is certainly the case. Sampling the delicacies while visiting this romantic city is a must, but choosing the most beautiful bakeries should be a priority too. Here are some of the most stunning bakeries in the city to venture to when hunger calls.

Angelina

 

Eat baked goods like royalty in this famous bakery. Angelina is actually renowned for its hot chocolate, and you’ll probably see long lines of people waiting to try it. Once you get inside, you’ll find that the bakery is massive and so luxurious that you’d think it was meant for royalty. The walls are painted in gold and the dessert displays look straight out of a magazine. They are famous for their Mont Blanc, (a chestnut dessert) so make sure to give it a try.

Jacques Genin

 

This cute cafe is cozy and elegant with some fantastic desserts. The stone walls, exposed brick beams, and wooden floors make this place chic and gorgeous all at once. They serve delicious hot chocolate which should be accompanied by one of their chocolate tarts. Their eclairs, lemon tart, and caramel tart are said to be out-of-this-world too. No matter what you order, you’ll be treated to some free, homemade chocolates too.

Laduree

This bakery may be touristy, but it’s so beautiful that it’s worth the crowds. Laduree is located right in the middle of the city’s most famous street, Champs-Élysées, so you shouldn’t have any trouble finding it. The lines are long but the elegant decor give you something to marvel at while you wait. They have some of the most famous macarons in Paris, and they are definitely worth a try. As you shop for baked goods take note of the gold furnishings, chandeliers, and museum-esque statues. The seating area features tufted, golden chairs, antique artwork, and ornate trim work on the walls. It feels like old-world Paris and makes a great setting to enjoy their artful baked goods.

Hugo et Victor

This bakery and sweets shop looks like it should sell fine jewelry rather than desserts. It is extremely elegant and features perfectly assembled rows of glistening baked goods. Most of the desserts can be found behind display cases, looking almost too good to eat. Each piece looks like a work of art, and there’s a policy that no one can take photos (it’s a pretty exclusive experience.) Try the choux puffs which are filled with rich praline butter.

Pierre Herme

 

If you want to earn bragging rights while in Paris, visit this bakery. It’s famous for its macarons and ispahan croissant. The pastry chef here is famous for creating artistic pieces that taste as delicious as they look. There are a few locations around the city but each has an elegant, yet modern decor. The buzz around this place is that their macarons are some of the city’s best. But, don’t forget to try the different styles of croissants (they’re all so tasty you may have difficulties choosing a favorite.)

If you want to eat your way around Paris, start with the bakeries. They are beautiful enough to be considered tourist attractions, with or without the baked goods. If you enjoyed this, then make sure you read our guide to the best cafes in Paris.

You can book your taxi from Paris Orly airport here or from Charles de Gaulle here. Make sure to ask your taxi driver to take you straight to one of these bakeries!

Global Festive Ranking: The 25 Most Christmassy Countries in the World

Christmas is by far the most magical time of the year: there’s great food, family, presents, music, and snow – if you’re lucky. Christmas is synonymous with snow, late-night church services with impressive choirs, traditions that stretch back across generations, and colorful Christmas markets in almost every town square.



That said, every country has slightly different traditions, and every continent differs even more so. Some cities will celebrate Christmas in grand style, other with local traditions and customs, and everything in between. Poland, for instance, considers Christmas Eve the most important day in the festive calendar, and families will not eat until the first star has appeared in the sky when 12 different dishes will be served as part of the festive meal. The significance of the 12 courses differs depending on your religious beliefs: Catholics say the dishes represent Jesus’ 12 disciples, while others believe consuming them will bring you good luck for the next 12 months.

Contrastingly, Christmas in Japan is not a religious holiday but is seen as a time to spread happiness. Their festive meal is actually fried chicken, with many families placing orders with restaurants like KFC in advance, while in India the traditional Christmas tree is typically replaced with mango or banana trees.

With all of these different traditions, it begs the question: which country is the most festive? That’s exactly the question Taxi2Airport decided to answer, with our Global Festive Ranking.

In order to put the ranking together, we thoroughly analyzed an array of festive data for every country around the world, including Christmas travel recognition, the chance of snow, and the popularity of Christmas music. We then ranked the countries around the world who offered the best for each of these categories, giving them a score out of 5 for each category.

The number one location was Canada, likely due to the very high chance of snow, and the country also scored highly for Christmas travel recognition. This was followed by Norway in second place, unsurprisingly, and Iceland in third, both of which are countries strongly associated with the festive period. Finland also rounded out the top 5 for much of the same reasons.

Read on below to find out the full results of our Global Festive Ranking.

Results

 


Canada ranked in the number one spot thanks to the impressive amount the population listens to Christmas music; the country ranked in 8thplace out of 55 countries looked at by Spotify, and their most distinctive yuletide anthem is Sarah McLachlan’s Away in a Manager. The country also had the 68hhighest chance of a white Christmas, with World Weather Online predicting a 43.55% chance of snow on Christmas day. From skiing with Santa at the world-renowned Whistler Blackcomb ski resort to ice skating around Lake Louise – hailed “the world’s best skating rink” – and riding in a horse-drawn sleigh in Sun Peaks, it’s easy to see why Canada topped our festive countries index.

The country also scored highly for Christmas search interest and Christian population – with 67.3% of the country claiming to be Christian – all pointing towards a very festive season where travelers will be surrounded by people who love Christmas as much as you do.

Following Canada, the top 10 countries are:

1- Norway

2 -Iceland

3- Liechtenstein

4- Finland

5- Lithuania

6- Sweden

7- USA

8- UK

9- Ireland


Norway ranked highly thanks again to the amount Norwegians listen to Christmas music, which managed to get the second place in Spotify’s ranking of how hard Christmas music trend in the country during 2017. Their most festive song was, of course, Kurt Nilsen and the Norwegian Radio Orchestra’s Himmel På Jord. Christmas in Norway stretches over an entire season – in fact, the popular Christmas House in Drøbak in Southern Norway is open all year round. The tradition of Christmas predates the Christianisation of the country, and traditionally it was celebrated with animal sacrifices and beer – so not that different to 2018, then. Again, Norway has a high chance of snow (42.34%) on Christmas day and the Christmas search interest averages at 23.2 for the period between 1st November 2017 and 25th December 2017.


In true Christmas spirit, the top 10 countries for how hard Christmas music trended throughout the year are as follows:

1- Iceland: Ef ég nenni – Helgi Björnsson

2- Norway: Himmel På Jord– Kurt Nilsen, The Norwegian Radio Orchestra

3- Sweden: Mer jul– Adolphson & Falk

4- Denmark: Guld Jul– Gulddreng

5- Ireland: This Christmas– Picture This

6- Finland:Hei Mummo– Suvi Teräsniska

7-  United Kingdom:Here Comes Santa Claus – Bob B. Soxx & The Blue Jeans

8- Canada:Away in a Manger– Sarah McLachlan

9- Netherlands:Why Couldn’t It Be Christmas Everyday – Bianca Ryan

10- Austria:Joyful Christmas to You All – Joyful Christmas All Stars

 


And for all of you looking specifically for Bing Crosby’s White Christmas, here are the top 10 countries with the best chance of getting snow come 25th December:

1- Russia –89%

2- Belarus –82%

3- Finland –19%

4- Estonia –19%

5- Lithuania –39%

6- Greenland –18%

7- Kazakhstan –95%

8- Canada –55%

9- Ukraine –15%

10- Iceland –34%

 


Methodology

 

In order to compile our Global Festive Ranking, we used the following methodology. We analyzed a variety of studies, articles, and surveys relating to Christmas in order to determine what factors are important to them at Christmas, and what people would typically associate with being “Christmassy”. The elements we found to be important were:

  •  Christmas Travel Recognition
  • Chance of Snow
  • Christmas Search Interest
  • Christian Population
  • Christmas Music

In order to identify exactly what each country had to offer, we searched through a variety of different sources. One source we looked at in particular was the chance of snow for each country which is, of course, an iconic image of Christmas, but rarely a reality for much of the world. We also looked at Spotify’s ranking of which countries trended highest for listening to Christmas music over the year, as well as multiple sources ranking the best places around the world to spend Christmas, in order to come up with a thorough, overall ranking based on which destinations repeatedly ranked highly. Additionally, we scoured numerous travel guides to identify the most popular locations for Christmas travel, and finally, we added in data about the Christian population for each country, as Christmas is traditionally a Christian holiday.

For each of the above categories, we scored each country from 1-5 (with 5 being the highest) and added these scores together in order to get our final GFR score, with a total of 25 being the highest available. We then ranked the countries based on their scores.

The full dataset is available upon request.

Sources:

Wikipedia 

Spotify

Google Docs

Google Trends

Rough Guides

CN Traveler

CNN 

CNN

Thid is insider 

 The daily meal

 

 

5 Great Things to Do in Madeira in January

This Portuguese island is incredible, even during the winter. In fact, locals love Christmas and New Years, and celebrate accordingly. If you visit in January, expect an unconventional, winter wonderland. With temperatures at about 20C, you’ll be warm enough to explore everything Madeira has to offer. So, what should you do? Here are 5 great things to do in Madeira in January.

Go Dolphin and Whale Watching

This can be done all year, but in January, some very special species make an appearance. The sightings may be fewer than other times of year, but it’s worth it to see these rare animals. Visitors may get a glimpse of the Common Bottlenose Dolphin, Short-beaked Common Dolphin, and the Short-finned Pilot Whale. Since the water is relatively warm all year, you can add some scuba diving to your ocean adventures too.

Watch New Year’s Eve Fireworks From The Sea

 

The Madeira fireworks display on New Year’s Eve is absolutely epic. In fact, they broke a Guinness World Record back in 2007! Funchal Bay is usually a great spot to view them, especially if you charter a boat. Some of the ships are so luxurious that they have bars and restaurants, so you can ring in the new year right with a glass of bubbly.

Go Hiking

 

The hikes in Madeira are where you’ll find the most beautiful scenery. In January, the weather isn’t too hot, which makes it perfect for some mountain climbing. There are plenty of trails to choose from, but popular treks include: Ponta de São Lourenço, a coastal hike lined with volcanic rock and stunning lookouts, and Pico Ruivo, home of the island’s highest peak. If you’d prefer more of a walk, try the Levadas. These walking paths were carved out in the 1500s to make the land more accessible. Levada dos 25 Fontes is recommended as it takes you past a 100-metre waterfall.

Try Surfing

While summer may seem like the time to surf, winter in Madeira actually has better waves. Plus, January is the low season for tourists, so you won’t have to battle the crowds. The coastline is usually full of novice surfers, some hopping on their board for the first time. In January, you’ll have killer waves, plenty of space, and less newbies to worry about. Some of the best surf beaches include: Faja de Areia, Ponta Delgada, Porto da Cruz, and Ponta Pequena. Here is our guide to the best surfing spots in the rest of Portugal.

 

Wine Tasting

What better way to ring in the new year than with some Portuguese wine? Fortified wine is Madeira’s speciality, and you’ll want to taste as many as possible. Visit Blandy’s Wine Lodge to start your trip off right and learn all about the local drink. You can do a tour, a tasting, and buy a few bottles to send home as souvenirs. Funchal Bay is a great area to explore if you want to dive into the wine scene, so spend plenty of time here.

January is an excellent time to visit Madeira. The weather is fine, tourists are few, and there is still plenty to see and discover. Book your Madeira taxi here.