Last summer, those who can’t afford holidays 9 million Italians at home for economic reasons

Adding up those who are still undecided and those who are already sure not to pack their bags for this summer 2023, there are almost 9 million Italians who indicate the fact that they simply cannot afford it as a reason for missing holidays. These are some of the main findings that emerged from the survey that commissioned from the research institute Emg different.

This was stated above all by the interviewees belonging to the 35-44 age group; among them, 64.3%, or 1.6 million, said they will stay at home for economic reasons. At a territorial level, however, it is the inhabitants of Southern Italy (59.1%) and of the Islands (60%) who – in percentage terms – will give up the departure to a greater extent due to economic difficulties.

59.5% of those who will not leave for economic reasons, or more than 5 million Italians, declared that the generalized increase in the prices of goods experienced during the last year had an impact on the situation; the figure rises to 66.7% among residents of Central Italy and even reaches 69.4% among 45-54 year olds; this means that almost 7 out of 10 Italians aged between 45 and 54 will give up their holidays because excessive price increases have caused a difficult condition.

35.8% of those who will stay at home for economic reasons, on the other hand, said they will give up due to the increase in travel costs; it is above all young people who have admitted it, so much so that more than 1 respondent out of 2 (53.8%) belonging to the 18-24 age group gave this reason. 26.4% find themselves in a situation of economic difficulty due to an unexpected event (33.3% among 25-34 year olds and inhabitants of the North East and the Islands), while 22.3% following the loss of self-employment or that of a family member; the percentage is higher and equal to 35.3% in the North West of the country and 36.8% for those interviewed aged between 55 and 64 years.

In addition to economic reasons, however, there are other reasons why many Italians will not take a vacation or are still not sure; 17.2%, or 2.9 million, said they would go on vacation at another time of year (probably to avoid high season costs), a percentage that rises to 19.4% among 25-34 year olds and 23.3% among residents in the North East, even reaching 32.7% for respondents belonging to age range 65-74 years.

The 12%, on the other hand, said they had no holidaysa fact that is especially true among the youngest (18.2% of 18-24 year olds and 27.8% of 25-34 year olds), while 11% will not be able to leave because they have to look after elderly people; in this case the trend obviously reverses due to age issues: it is mainly respondents aged between 55 and 64 (19.7%) who – again in percentage terms – will give up a holiday to look after elderly people. Lastly, 9.5% will not leave to take care of their pet (13.3% between 45-54 years old and 14.3% in the Islands).

Even if we try to classify the pandemic as a bad memory of the past, it still seems to significantly affect the daily lives of some respondents, so much so that there are more than 400 thousand who declare that they will stay at home for fear of contracting Covid while you are away.

If at a national level the percentage of those who declared that they will definitely not leave for the summer holidays this year is equal to 16.9%, the figure reaches 19.1% among respondents aged between 45 and 54 years, while at the territorial level it is the inhabitants of Central Italy who, again in percentage terms, will give up their holidays to a greater extent; in this area of ​​the Bel Paese 21% said they will stay at home.

Among those who, on the other hand, do not yet know whether they will leave or not, i.e. over 9.3 million compatriots (22%), the most undecided are those aged 65-74 (27.2%) and residents of the Islands, where the percentage reached 26%.