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