Latvians traveled less last year

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In 2015 Latvian residents seem to have reined in their wanderlust, with official data released July 14 showing they traveled less both at home and abroad.

Data from the Central Statistics Bureau (CSB) showed that in 2015, as compared to 2014, there was a decrease of 8.8% in the amount of overnight trips of Latvian residents around Latvia, as well as abroad.

The total expenditure on domestic trips dropped by 5.6% and on trips abroad – by 5.5%. Average expenditure per trip around Latvia reached €40.40 and per trip abroad – €360.

Last year, 1.26 million Latvian residents went on recreational trips, which is 0.4% fewer than in 2014.

A lack of funds is the reason that prevents people from going on recreational trips most often, as this was indicated by 51.5% of Latvian residents who did not go on any overnight trips with at least one night outside of their usual place of residence during the previous year.

The second most common reason was one's health condition or limited mobility, which was indicated by 19.9%.

In 2015, Latvian residents went on 7.7 million domestic same-day trips, which is 5.4% less than in 2014, as well as on 0.5 million same-day trips abroad, which is 1.4% less than the year before. 

Compared to 2014, during 2015 the number of overnight trips decreased by 8.8% for both trips around Latvia, as well as trips abroad.

Latvian residents went on 3 million overnight trips within the territory of Latvia, as well as 1.2 million overnight trips abroad.

40.5% of overnight trips were made to neighboring countries (Lithuania, Estonia, Russia, and Belarus), and the amount thereof actually increased by 7.0% in comparison to 2014.

Latvian residents went on most of their overnight trips to Lithuania (13.8%), Estonia (13.6%), Russia (9.7 %), Sweden (6.0%), Germany (5.7%), United Kingdom (5.5%), Italy (5.1%), and France (4.5%).

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