The purpose of this report is to present the findings of a survey into male/female preferences about holidays. The information was gathered from a group of 13 students (8 female and 5 male) aged 18 – 32 at Mieres, Fifth year of English.
Interviews were conducted using a questionnaire and answers analysed for significant similarities and differences in the young preferences about holidays.
The first part of the survey dealt with female preferences to choose holidays and the frequency of them. The majority of the interviewees can only travel once or twice a year and the reason to choose a destination is to know new and interesting places. Few of them can afford to go on holidays more than twice a year. Lack of money and time are the main factors for this. Three of the female students choose a specific destination in order to relax and look for a best climate. Sunny beaches and peaceful places are the most common places to enjoy themselves. The vast majority of the female students doesn’t mind to go abroad or around Spain, while just two of them choose Spain as destination. Over 90% usually travel with their partner rather than with their family while few of them go with friends. None of the females travel alone. Friends’ experience and the Internet are the most common sources to find a good destination in addition to brochures and travel magazines. A minority of them organize their holidays through travel agencies. Well over 90% choose hotels as accommodation in their holidays while the 50% prefer to rent a house or another kind of accommodation.
On the other hand, frequency in the male students’ holidays is very different between them. Half of them travel once a year, while the other half not only go on holidays three times a year but also they are on constant holidays. In contrast with their female partners, male prefer to travel with friends rather than with family or their partners and prefer to go abroad. Same as female students they usually visit new and interesting places, while a few of them are looking for the sun. The Internet and friends’ experiences are also the main source of information to choose their holidays, while very few look for the best journey through brochures or travel agencies. The majority take hotels as accommodation same as the female students.
In conclusion, the survey suggests that apart from gender most people can’t afford to travel more than twice a year, mainly because of work or lack of money. Young people prefer to have new and interesting experiences travelling abroad rather than relaxing in sunny beaches. Internet, as the new discovery of the century, is the main source of information when looking for cheap and good destinations, while travel agencies are rarely used by young people. It is important to point out that hotels are the most common accommodation used by people between 18 and 32 in addition to rented houses. But the gender of the interviewees influences their preferences when choosing who to go on holidays with. Males prefer to travel with friends while females opt for travelling with their partners. But answers reveal that none of them like to go alone.