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April 10, 2018 Statistics & Trends No Comments Email Email

Australian holidaymakers and travellers put legendary divas such as Mariah Carey to shame according to new research from Hostelworld. Data released today reveals more than a third of Aussies (41%) has someone in their group of friends specifically known as ‘the diva,’ over half of Australians (54%) refuse to go on holiday without their ‘big sunglasses,’ and a quarter (24%) would refuse to stay in an accommodation if they saw evidence of a dirty cup in the sink!

Overall, Aussies are a pretty demanding bunch when it comes to travelling in style, with well over two thirds (72%) demanding a private bathroom when they go travelling, according to the results of the latest survey of 1,500 Australian holidaymakers and travellers. More than half (58%) would refuse to stay in an accommodation if they were given a different room than originally promised, and nearly a third (31%) would leave if other people in a dorm were messy.

Turns out that Northern Territory is the biggest ‘Diva’ state of them all, with 60% respondents saying they take a pillow on holiday, compared to an average of 37% from the other states. 93% of respondents from the NT consider having their own bathroom a necessity when travelling, and one in four see face masks as an essential travelling item compared to one in seven in most other states.

Hostelworld’s latest revelations about Aussies being travel and holiday divas is quite timely, as it follows breaking news that the most legendary diva of all times, Mariah Carey, took a break from her lavish lifestyle to join adventurers on a recent trip to Barcelona – and actually stayed in a hostel. Known for outlandish diva demands, from ordering dog chauffeurs to demanding 20 white kittens and 100 doves for a performance and even having bodyguards watch her eat, Mariah surprised everyone when she exclaimed the hostel was “fabulous!”

Swapping her luxury $45,000-a-month ($1,500 per night) mansion for a room in the Casa Gracia, where prices start from just $55 a night, Mariah took advantage of all the facilities on offer, including the fully equipped kitchen with free 24-hour coffee, cocktail bar with resident DJ, and of course a private room.

When it comes to those items Australian holidaymakers consider to be ‘essentials,’ the list includes cleanser for 60% of Aussie women, facial and body moisturisers for 30% of Aussie men, hand sanitiser for 52% of all Australians and a pillow for 41% of Aussies.

When it comes to food, it seems Aussie travellers can’t get enough of the millennials’ favourite, avocadoes, with more than half of respondents (52%) claiming to actively eat them on holidays. In addition, 36% of Aussies would opt for milk alternatives such as almond, soy or coconut milk.

Mariah was in the Spanish city filming a short film for global hostel-booking platform Hostelworld about the huge changes that have occurred in the budget travel industry over the past decade and how today hostels have fantastic, modern features to meet even the biggest diva’s demands.

In the film, Mariah’s initial shock at being booked into a hostel is swiftly turned on its head as she is taken on a tour of the Barcelona hostel’s fantastic modern features. She experiences a dormitory for the very first time, before marvelling at the communal living space with free Wi-Fi, and is then finally shown to her private room with immaculate bed linens and an ensuite. She rounded the day off by enjoying a drink in the cocktail bar with backpackers from around the world, before dancing on a table to her own double platinum hit ‘Fantasy,’ complete with gold sequins and white doves.

Commenting on the film, Mariah Carey said: “For some reason, someone thought it would be funny to book me in a hostel. To mine and everyone’s surprise, the hostel was fabulous! It was super clean, modern and spacious. I say give hostels a go, it could be a great choice for all you world travellers out there!”

Marek Mossakowski, Global Head of Brand at Hostelworld, said“Many people still don’t realise just how much hostels have changed over the past decade. Now they’ve got all the facilities you’d expect from expensive accommodation, but with at an affordable price and with a ready-made community of likeminded travellers to share experiences with.

“That’s why we booked a genuine diva into a hostel – to show that even people with the highest standards, and who aren’t afraid to show it, can become hostel believers – and divas don’t come any bigger than Mariah Carey!”

There’s thousands of hostels fit for divas on Hostelworld, here’s our top suggestions for all the divas out there: The blog will go live at 9am AEDT on 10 April 2018.

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