According to a new study, Irish people make an average of five new friends when they go on holiday.
With trips abroad finally back on the menu, many people will look forward to their planned trips abroad in the summer months.
And most will be eating and drinking with new acquaintances in the coming days and weeks.
About 36 percent make friends during a beach holiday in Spain, while 36 percent meet new people during a stay at home.
Another 20 percent say they meet up with another group in the States, compared to 18 percent in Portugal and 17 percent in England.
Princess Cruises’ survey revealed that meeting new people ranks almost as high as trying new food, experiencing new and different cultures and being entertained when it comes to top holiday activities.
No wonder the best way to make friends on vacation is at the bar (60 percent), on a tour (30 percent), at the pool (33 percent), or at group activities (26 percent). .
Irish TV presenter Graham Norton crowned the best cruise companion, while Adele, Dara O’Briain, George Clooney and Saoirse Ronan make up the top five.
The Irish would also love to holiday with Boyzone singer Keith Duffy and music supermo Louis Walsh.
Almost half (43 percent) of 18-34 year olds post social media updates at least once a day while on vacation when it comes to sharing their amazing experiences — a number the study found decreases with age.
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The most popular type of shared content is places of interest (51 percent), followed by photos with family (45 percent) and even pictures of friends taken on vacation (22 percent).
Two-fifths (42%) of holidaymakers prefer to post their snaps on Facebook, with Instagram being a popular alternative for 62% of people across Ireland.
And being able to connect with the outside world is important — over a tenth (13 percent) of people find poor internet connection to be the most stressful part of vacationing, as it impacts their ability to connect with people (25 Percent). or look up directions (25 percent).
Suzanne Korff, Princess Cruises Marketing Director, said: “Vacation and connection go hand in hand. Whether with your own family and friends, other holidaymakers or even employees, the connection makes a holiday something special.
“On a Princess cruise, we go the extra mile to make our guests feel connected to loved ones and new friends, with unique experiences, from dining for two on your own private balcony, to group gatherings with like-minded guests.
“In addition, guests sailing Princess can enjoy a personalized and simplified cruise thanks to the Medallion, a tenpence wearable device that’s combined with cutting-edge technology to remove the complexity and hassle of the traditional vacation experience – as in Waiting in line, getting lost or not finding your travel party – more time to enjoy more of what makes a vacation great.
“And while it’s important to spend quality time with family and friends while on vacation, we also know how important it is to keep in touch with loved ones back home, which is why Princess ships are equipped with MedallionNet Wi-Fi – the fastest at sea – to ensure guests stay connected throughout their vacation.”
https://www.thesun.ie/travel/8786208/irish-people-friends-holiday-cruises/ Irish people make an average of five new friends on holiday, with Graham Norton being the top choice for cruise partners