Frugal holidaymakers keep costs in check by staying with family
MORE and more Irish people are staying with family and friends rather than checking into a hotel, a new report shows, writes Aideen Sheehan.
Latest figures suggest austerity is forcing us to take a trip down memory lane, with more frugal holidays at our aunts' and uncles' homes or with old pals living down the country.
The Household Travel Survey, by the Central Statistics Office, also shows more of us are using public transport rather than private cars when we head off on a break.
Meanwhile, the number of foreign visitors coming into Ireland rose by 7pc at the beginning of this year. The Gathering and an early Easter were credited with the boost in overseas visitors.
Some 1.2 million people visited Ireland between January and March – 85,000 more than the same time last year.