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

Posted: 29 November 2018 2:08 pm

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 1PercentversesOption 2Percent
Miss your flights61%orLose your luggage39%
Travel with someone who gives one word answers74%orTravel with someone who never shuts up26%
Travel with someone who has done extensive homework and research prior to the trip54%orTravel with someone who goes with the flow46%
Lose your phone74%orLose your wallet26%
Receive an upgrade at a hotel51%orReceive an upgrade on a flight49%
Use a separate travel card55%orUse your everyday credit card45%
Have a detailed itinerary with pre-booked accommodation, transfers and excursions67%orArrange things as you go33%
Get food poisoning64%orBreak your arm36%
Get invited to a local celebration or event64%orEat at a five star restaurant41%
Pay in cash60%orUse payWave, Apple Pay or Google pay as you would at home40%
Spend a night out with the locals57%orSpend a night out with fellow travellers like you43%
Go on holiday with someone you have an unrequited crush on83%orGo on holiday with your boss17%
Withdraw money as needed from local ATMs66%orConvert large sums of money at a currency exchange34%
Stay in a hotel81%orStay in an Airbnb19%
Ask a local for directions or advice55%orAsk Google45%
Take out travel insurance84%orRisk it for a biscuit16%
Wander aimlessly56%orOnly go on guided tours44%
Have great weather but crowds62%orHave bad weather but no crowds38%
In one week be able to visit multiple destinations59%orSpend a week in just one place41%

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