Australians are among the world’s least spontaneous travellers, planning for their holidays on average 11 weeks in advance of departure, according to new data released by global travel search engine Skyscanner.
Skycanner (skyscanner.com.au) says 11 weeks is nearly 2.5 weeks longer than the global average.
Australia’s geographical location means Aussies are well accustomed to embarking on long-haul trips, Skyscanner points out.
“Coupled with the rising cost of international travel due to a weakening Aussie dollar, it’s not surprising that Australians are taking as much time as possible to plan ahead, before jetting off on their travels.”
On the flipside, the most spontaneous country in the world when it comes to planning holidays is China. As the rising middle-class in China continues to explore the world, Chinese travellers start their holiday planning only five weeks from take-off.
The average time between searching for travel and booking it, by nationality:
New Zealand: 86 days/12 weeks
Malaysia: 79 days/11 weeks
Australia: 77 days/11 weeks
UK: 69 days/9.8 weeks
Japan: 64 days/9 weeks
US: 56 days/8 weeks
China: 40 days/5 weeks
When it comes to Aussies travelling to some of their most popular destinations domestically and abroad, planning time also differs from place to place.
Destinations, with average advance searching periods by Australians:
Los Angeles: 125 days/17.8 weeks
UK: 94 days/13 weeks
New Zealand: 73 days/10 weeks
Bali: 68 days/9.7 weeks
Domestic travel: 41 days/5.8 weeks
Skycanner’s head of marketing for the Oceania region, Alana Saphin-Polchleb, commented:
“With Australia’s remote location regularly requiring Aussies to fly long-haul to their holiday destinations, coupled with the rising cost of international travel due to a weakening Aussie dollar, Australians are understandably playing it safe and planning ahead, giving themselves as much time as possible to try to get the best deal for flights, hotels and even car hire.
“Booking trips in advance and taking note of the best time to book can help families save hundreds of dollars on flights and accommodation. In addition, travellers who can be flexible with their travel dates can search for flights across a month-long period, highlighting the cheapest days to travel in any given month or even set up price alerts for their holiday destination to capitalise on last minute offers,” she added.
Edited by Peter Needham