Australians reveal their “would you rather” travel trade-offs

Stephanie Yip 29 November 2018 NEWS

Does it surprise you that we'd rather travel with an unrequited love than with our boss?

HSBC Australia has revealed its The Passport to Smarter Spending report detailing Australians travel habits including what we'd trade-off travel-wise.

So, what would you rather do? Travel with an unrequited crush or with your boss?

Yeah, 83% of Aussies surveyed chose the crush.

We're also not keen on travelling with big yabbers, preferring to bring someone who provides one-word answers (74%) than someone who never shuts up (26%). And while we love partying down, we'd prefer to do it with locals (57%) rather than other travellers (43%).

On a more serious note, the report, which is based on a survey of 1,000 respondents, also found that overall we're definite planners with 67% preferring to pre-book the niggly details such as hotels and tours rather than wing it after we land (33%).

We're also all about safety with 84% of Aussies saying they'd rather take out some form of travel insurance than risk it all.

The sharing economy might be booming but we're not so set on using it while overseas. This is particularly true for accommodation with a whopping 81% of us saying we'd rather stay in hotels than rent an Airbnb holiday home (19%).

On the money-front, we're getting ever more plastic fantastic. A cool 55% of us stated they use a separate travel card for holidays over their everyday card (45%) and 66% would opt to take money out of the local ATM then wander around with a wad of cash.

Despite this, we're still quite sceptical about this whole "tap-and-go" thing when travelling with 60% preferring to pull out the cash rather than use payWave, Apply Pay or Google Pay at a foreign terminal.

Here's the full list of the questions and results. Where do you sit?

Would you rather...

Option 1 Percent verses Option 2 Percent
Miss your flights 61% or Lose your luggage 39%
Travel with someone who gives one word answers 74% or Travel with someone who never shuts up 26%
Travel with someone who has done extensive homework and research prior to the trip 54% or Travel with someone who goes with the flow 46%
Lose your phone 74% or Lose your wallet 26%
Receive an upgrade at a hotel 51% or Receive an upgrade on a flight 49%
Use a separate travel card 55% or Use your everyday credit card 45%
Have a detailed itinerary with pre-booked accommodation, transfers and excursions 67% or Arrange things as you go 33%
Get food poisoning 64% or Break your arm 36%
Get invited to a local celebration or event 64% or Eat at a five star restaurant 41%
Pay in cash 60% or Use payWave, Apple Pay or Google pay as you would at home 40%
Spend a night out with the locals 57% or Spend a night out with fellow travellers like you 43%
Go on holiday with someone you have an unrequited crush on 83% or Go on holiday with your boss 17%
Withdraw money as needed from local ATMs 66% or Convert large sums of money at a currency exchange 34%
Stay in a hotel 81% or Stay in an Airbnb 19%
Ask a local for directions or advice 55% or Ask Google 45%
Take out travel insurance 84% or Risk it for a biscuit 16%
Wander aimlessly 56% or Only go on guided tours 44%
Have great weather but crowds 62% or Have bad weather but no crowds 38%
In one week be able to visit multiple destinations 59% or Spend a week in just one place 41%

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