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Aussies amongst the least spontaneous travellers in the world

September 28, 2015 OTA News No Comments Email Email

New data released from leading global travel search engine Skyscanner, has revealed that Aussies are amongst the world’s least spontaneous travellers in the world, planning for holidays on average 11 weeks in advance of the departure date – nearly 2.5 weeks (59 days) longer than the global average.

Australia’s geographical location means that Aussies are well accustomed to embarking on long-haul trips, with flights as long as 24 hours to one of their most-visited destinations, the UK. 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.

The only two countries who book earlier than Australia are New Zealand and Malaysia.

Country Average advanced searching periods
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

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.

When it comes to Aussies travelling to some of their most popular destinations domestically and abroad, planning time also differs from place to place.

Destination Average advanced searching periods
LA 125 days / 17.8 weeks
UK 94 days / 13 weeks
New Zealand 73 days / 10 weeks
Bali 68 days / 9.7 weeks
Domestic 41 days / 5.8 weeks

Alana Saphin-Polchleb, Head of Marketing, Skyscanner, Oceania region, said “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.

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