The experts tell us that the simple act of planning a holiday does wonders for our happiness levels, so what are the implications for people who not only have no holiday plans, but who don’t even foresee the prospect of going on holiday any time in the future? The latest findings from Roy Morgan Research reveal that some 3.6 million Australians aged 14+ fall into this category; hopefully, not all of them unhappy…
Some 14.1 million Aussies (or 72.4% of the population) are intending to travel within the next 12 months, with almost half of them planning to depart in the next three months. Nearly 20% are looking forward to a holiday sometime within the next three to five months (making it the most common time frame for Australian holiday intenders), and 17.8% are intending to take their next trip in six to 12 months.
But when asked, ‘When are you next likely to travel in Australia or overseas on a holiday of 1 or more nights?’ 18.3% of Aussies reported that they had ‘no trip intention’ – making this the second-most common response of all the time frames offered!
‘When are you next likely to travel in Australia or overseas on a holiday of 1 or more nights?’
Source: Roy Morgan Single Source (Australia), January-December 2015 (n=15,367). Base: Australians 14+
No trip intended
Certain sectors of the population are noticeably less likely than average to be planning a trip of any kind. Nearly a third (31.4%) of Aussies aged 65+ don’t have any holiday plans at all; nor do 27.3% of single parents. Socio-economically disadvantaged Australians are the least likely to foresee any holidays in their near or distant future: 35.2% of people from the lowest socio-economic quintile* (FG) say they have absolutely no intention to travel.
Of course, these aren’t necessarily mutually exclusive groups; over half of 65+ year-olds and nearly 40% of single parents with no plans for a holiday fall within the FG quintile.
While people who don’t work (whether because of age, unemployment or other reasons) are almost twice as likely than the average Aussie to have no travel intentions, there is one segment of the workforce which is also considerably less likely to be planning a holiday: people with more than 10 weeks of annual leave accrued.