2 out of 3 Australians admit to planning holidays while on the job

Stephanie Yip 24 May 2018 NEWS

We spend 7.6 million hours per week dreaming of our next escape.

It's that moment in your day when your mind wanders, seeking for something to look forward to while battling the 9-to-5.

You open a new window and you start browsing for destination inspiration. Will it be an island? The snow? An adventurous hike, perhaps?

You're not the only one cutting into your work hours dreaming of more blissful places. According to a recent survey by us, 64% of Australian workers admit they plan their next escape on their boss's time. By the numbers, that's around 2 out of 3 people, equating to 8 million people.

Better not tell the boss, but by the minutes, you're looking at an average of 57 minutes per week being unproductive at your desk. That's 7.6 million hours per week across the nation, and to be fair, it's both genders being distracted. Men are slightly more prone to wanderlust than women with 67% of men admitting to organising their holidays while on the job as opposed to 61% of females.

State-wise, it's a close call too, though Tasmanians are the least likely to switch into holiday-planning mode during working hours with only 59% saying they do so.

The worst offenders are Western Australians with almost 3 in 4 (72%) hunting for flights at their work station. To be fair, they're the ones who cop the most expensive domestic flights in Australia due to the remoteness of the city, so when a bargain hits, it's pretty understandable that they'll want to jump on it, whatever time of day.

While the travel team at finder know all too well that bargains can come at any time of day, the following are a few tips we have up our sleeve to ensure you don't eat into your workload too much:

  • Signing up to flight alerts on journeys and dates you're interested in: These send prices to your inbox regularly and save you time from having to run the search every day in the hope that the price of your flight drops.
  • Use flight price aggregators: These pull prices from numerous websites automatically, so you don't have to hit up each and every one. Some aggregators we love that you can try right now are Skyscanner and I Want That Flight.
  • Anticipate the sale: Instead of wasting time hitting refresh, keep abreast of when standard sales usually occur and visit on those days and hours only.

With any luck, these tips can cut that 57 minutes of planning at work down (keeping your boss happy) and score you the deal you want for your next trip.


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