LONDON, December 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Despite a year of economic uncertainty Europeans are still spending ontravelaccording toTrainline, Europe's leading independent train ticket retailer-Italiansclocked up the mosttripsin 2016, followed by Germans,French and Brits --Italians toppedtravelspending at a total of €358.9 billion in 2016 --Spainthetravelcapital ofEurope, 2016 --Brits leastlikely totake a breakin their own country-- French least likely totravel abroad,with almost halfclaiming not togo abroad at all - A survey released today by Trainline reveals that, despite an economically challenging year, Europeans are still prioritising spending on travel, both at home and abroad. The average spent across the four countries surveyed (UK, France, Germany and Italy) was €279 billion and at the number one slot were the Italians spending a huge €6953 per head or €358.9 billion in total. German holiday-makers came in at number two spending €4959 per head or €349.5 billion in total; the Brits came third spending €3977 a head or €206.8 billion and the savviest travellers were the French, spending €3769 per head or €199 billion in total. [**] (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20161130/444328 ) As the biggest spenders it was also the Italians who clocked up the most trips away, taking an average of 5.4 holidays or short breaks a year; Germans took 3.8; the French 3.3 and the Brits took the least of all at 3.1 on average. [***] In contrast to the Italians, the French were happy to stay put with almost half claiming not to have travelled abroad. This trend was not reflected amongst Brits, who were the least interested in travelling in their own country in comparison to their European cousins. One in ten (10%) Brits did not travel within Britain at all, compared less than 1% of Italians (0.8%); 6% of Germans and 3% of French. Instead, Brits preferred to join the majority of Europe in heading to Spain, with almost a third of all age groups saying they visited the country in the past year and all nationalities, with the exception of Italy, chose it as the number one destination for 2016. A Trainline spokesperson said; "The results of our survey mirror what we see in our travel bookings. Despite economic challenges we continue to see people travelling for leisure by train both at home and cross border, a clear sign that holidays and short breaks aren't seen as a luxury any nationality is willing to give up." Why we go away For a significant number of leisure travellers from the UK, France and Italy, the number one reason for going away was to 'discover somewhere new'. The exception to this was the Germans who preferred to travel so they could spend time relaxing on the beach. It seems the French, Germans and Italians were far more interested in seeing nature and scenery than Brits, with almost half giving this as a reason for travelling, compared to just over a quarter of Brits (28%). Other popular motivating factors included food; sporting events and attending festivals.