Travel Trends

Aussies are control freaks who don't do spontaneity

New research shows work and routine rule over fun and adventure

lastminute.com.au launches new travel inspiration game Cards of Spontaneity

Australia, Sydney, 17 November 2016 - Have you ever done a #shoey at a party in Mykonos with someone you met online? Or salsa danced down the Champs-Élysées in Paris with your lover? The answer is probably ‘no’ because Aussies surprisingly prefer the predictable over the priceless, according to new research. But thanks to the Cards of Spontaneity by lastminute.com.au, inspiration is now in the palm of your hands.

#winetime: Australia’s top wine regions revealed

1 August 2016: Nothing beats a cheeky weekend in wine country and according to online travel site, lastminute.com.au, South Australia’s Barossa has taken the title as the most popular wine region in Australia*. 

The survey of more than 2600+ people revealed the Barossa is the number one spot, followed hot on the heels by Western Australia’s Margaret River and the Hunter Valley in NSW.

Australia’s favourite wine regions:

1. Barossa, SA

2. Margaret River, WA

3. Hunter Valley, NSW

4. Yarra Valley, VIC

5. Mornington Peninsula, VIC

6. Clare Valley, SA

7. Tamar Valley, TAS

8. Mudgee, NSW

9.  Scenic Rim, QLD

lastminute.com.au reveals Australia's 2016 travel wish list

City breaks: Melbourne remains the number one city to visit in 2016.

In 2016, we predict Melbourne will continue to be ‘Australia’s favourite capital city’, being voted as the number one capital city to visit next year, according to a lastminute.com.au survey of 2600+ Australians.

Kate Norris, lastminute.com.au travel expert, says Melbourne is a consistent hot spot for Aussie domestic travellers and will continue to drive the crowds in 2016 given it offers something for everyone from the sport, to the art, comedy, inner city bars and coffee haunts.

Aussie lovers test, save and spice up their relationships with travel

New research by lastminute.com.au reveals Australian’s romantic interests, whether people are single or in a relationship, plays a significant role in deciding whether to book a holiday; and in many cases seeking love & romance is the sole reason for travel.

The lastminute.com.au ‘Holiday Lovers’ research found that many people choose destinations based on their ability to ‘pick-up’ a holiday fling. At the other end of the spectrum, others book last minute escapes to save a relationship that’s ‘on the rocks’.

Aussies chucking sickies to take long weekends away

According to lastminute.com.au research, the tradition of ‘chucking a sickie’ appears to be alive and well in Australia, with one in four (25%) people admitting to claiming sick leave the day before, or the day after a long weekend - in order to extend a public holiday long weekend away.

The ‘Living lastminute’ survey of 3300+ Aussies, showed that younger workers (Gen Y) are the most likely to take a fake sickie, with more than one in three (35%) being cheeky enough to shun the office at the last minute for an extended long weekend away.

Staycation nation: Adelaide is the number one Australian city for a staycation

According to lastminute.com.au many Australian holiday-makers are such avid fans of their own city, they don’t actually leave it when they take a break.

The lastminute.com.au research* reveals Aussies like nothing better than splashing out on a cheeky hotel stay in their own backyard, with 40% of people having booked a staycation in their own city.  

Adelaideans are most likely to book a hotel staycation in their own city, followed by those from Perth and Sydney. By way of contrast, people from the Nation’s capital, Canberra, are the least likely to opt to stay in their home city when taking a break.

Aussies confess their ‘weird’ flight attendant requests

The dream job of being a flight attendant may have its perks, however according to lastminute.com.au research, it also has its quirks, with many Aussies admitting to asking bizarre requests of flight attendants, ranging from foot massages to finding long lost relatives while mid-air.  

The lastminute.com.au ‘Living lastminute’ survey of 3300+ Australians revealed that although only 6 per cent of people admitted to having a ‘weird’ request while flying, but of those, 79 per cent actually had their unusual desire granted.

Some of the more interesting requests Aussies admit to asking of the cabin crew include:

Aussies spill the beans on the white lies which scored them a hotel room upgrade

According to lastminute.com.auLiving lastminute’ survey, many Australians are willing to push the boundaries of truth to secure a hotel room upgrade, with one in five (21%) people claiming to have spun a white lie to score an upgrade.  

From claiming to work for the United Nations, to checking out accommodation ‘for the Royal Family’, of those who fabricated the truth, three quarters (75%) said their interesting excuses worked.

The survey of 3300+ Aussies showed that Gen Y (18 to 34 years) are the most common age group to fib to get an upgrade (29%), however they are also the least believable, with only 67% of people securing their upgrade.

Travel remains a priority for Australian consumers

According to a survey of 4100+ people by leading travel and lifestyle site lastminute.com.au, Aussie’s love affair with travel continues, with almost one in two Australians (44%) saying taking a holiday at least once a year is the one thing they will never scrimp on. Many are also reluctant to scrimp on weekend trips away (15%).

According to the 2015 survey of 4100+ people, Australian’s will never scrimp on: 

1.     Taking a holiday once a year – 44%

2.     Weekend trips away – 15%

3.     Going out for drinks with friends – 13%

People are, however, willing to make sacrifices on other lifestyle choices to fuel their desire to travel.

Get out of here: Travel is the best post breakup medicine

Forget drowning your sorrows in bed, watching sad movies and eating icecream, according to a survey of 4100+ Australians by lastminute.com.au one in four (25%) people have booked a last minute holiday following a relationship breakup; with most people choosing to travel solo and many returning home feeling empowered.

Of those who decided to take a sponataneous holiday to celebrate their new status, one in two (48%) took ‘time out’ and travelled solo, over one in three (35%) decided to enjoy a partying holiday with friends, 8% went to find a rebound romance, while just 3% decided to visit a yoga retreat.