Research done by Tripomatic
If you plan to relax and disconnect from the rushed pace of everyday life, New York and Paris are not the right places to be. Tripomatic analyzed how people are planning their short trips into popular destinations all over the world. How many attractions are available there and how many of them travelers plan to visit per day? We ranked the most stressful cities to visit.
Do we prefer to see as much as possible or to unwind and relax? New York, with its stressful pace, pushes travelers to spend even their holiday on the run. On an average five days long trip, they run around and see 5.32 attractions per day. Meanwhile on the other side of the Earth… Travelers in Barcelona are drawn into the relaxing “mañana” mode immediately and select only 2.87 places to visit each day. Seeing and visiting mode replaced by enjoying mode.
It might be tempting to proclaim that destinations with more interesting places would inspire an increased travel performance, but London completely destroys this assumption! London, Europe's New York, cosmopolitan hub and one of the top European destinations, get’s itineraries filled up with average 3.09 places to visit on a daily basis. The presence of countless pubs on every corner and a large number of parks and boroughs tempts travelers to slow down and experience the British way of relaxation. Compared to Paris, travel performance in London generates half of the amount of attractions per day. With the average of 6.11 sights per day, Paris knocks off even pretty stressful New York. What forces people to move fast even on their vacation?
Tripomatic’s data shows that cities facing a massive number of visitors encourage travelers to create more demanding itineraries than less visited destinations. It is no wonder that traveler’s drive to see as much as possible in these cities is so high. As the most stressful cities are among European capitals (except New York), the majority of travelers include them in their big European multi-city trips or stuff them into a long-weekend getaway. That is the reason for pressure on high travel performance.
All in all, if you go for high travel performance, New York, Paris and Prague are definitely the best choices! Very stressed mode, high pace of movement and a long preparation time are guaranteed. On the other hand, San Francisco, Bangkok and Sydney may be a great pick for your holiday if you aim to relax, enjoy and discover places with minimum planning done beforehand
* Research is based on Tripomatic’s data from July 2015 when our users created 250 000 itineraries for their trips into more than 1500 destinations.