Australians’ holiday dreams come true more often than expected

Andrew Munro 9 August 2017

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Feeling good about your trip? You should be.

Australians are ambitious on holiday, hoping for perfect weather on arrival, free upgrades and hidden gems falling into their laps. According to research from Booking.com, you should feel good about the odds. Almost half (46%) of travellers feel like the tone of the whole trip is set by the first day.

If that's true, then by the numbers you're looking at a great time, with first-day dreams coming true all the time.

If your fondest hope is to arrive to perfect weather, you have great odds. Even though Australia's most popular overseas destinations aren't really known for their perfect weather (UK anyone?), you still have a great chance of experiencing it before long.

A seamless travel experience was second on the perfect vacation wishlist, with half of all respondents keenly marking it down. Almost as many (49%) have had the pleasure before. But if you're really ambitious, convenience is just the beginning. Play your cards right and travel is half the fun. If you're heading to Europe, you can even score a free 5 -tar hotel stay en route by flying with Qatar Airways. And if you're flying to the USA, you can simultaneously snag some of the consistently cheapest flights, plus a tropical Fiji stopover to break up the trip with Fiji Airways.

For anywhere else, just wait for a sale and grab a super cheap flight. After saving $1,000 on a couple of seats, almost nothing can ruin your journey.

The third item on the wishlist is a simple request. Please no queues at the hotel check-in. Australians just want to arrive, and get right to it, whether that's exploring, relaxing or anything else. It's more likely than most think, with 50% of travellers having experienced it before but only 47% hoping for it.

You don't need to hold out for this bonus though, because a lot of hotels have heard the traveller's pleas, and starting offering express check-ins to accommodate. You can even find out whether it's available before booking. In addition to reviews, photos, amenities lists, a lowest price guarantee and all the other essentials, the right hotel search engine can also let you know whether or not you're going to find express check-ins at the end of your trip.

The next hope is the most ambitious. 40% of travellers dream of getting accommodation upgrades on arrival, but only 1 in 5 (19%) have been so lucky. There are ways to boost your odds though. The occasional free upgrade deal, for example, naturally takes you from a 19% chance to a 100% chance, and there are plenty of other ways to put your finger on the scales.

The fifth most common vacation dream was the discovery of a hidden gem. 39% of Australians hope for it, and about as many find them. What does it mean? Seek and you shall find. Let your fingers do the walking around your holiday spot before arrival, and you might even be able to make a bee-line for it.

Without even trying, Australian's holiday dreams tend to come true and once you know the tricks the sky's the limit. If there's one takeaway from this Booking.com survey, it's that Australians might want to set the bar even higher. The only hard part might be working out how to improve on an already-perfect vacation.

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