Australians have an appetite for travelling next year, according to a recent survey by Wotif.com, with 53% of Australians revealing the dollar’s low international currency exchange rate is not influencing their travel plans for 2016.
For the 47% of Australians who said their travel plans are influenced by the weakening dollar, of these, one in two (52%) are planning more domestic trips instead of international travel (the most popular way people were being influenced to change their plans) and half (50%) admitted they would be hunting for a bargain and looking for best value international destinations.
Wotif Spokesperson Kim Stockham said the weakening dollar may encourage more people to travel in Australia’s backyard in 2016, but as seasoned international travellers, many Australians won’t be changing their overseas travel habits. We can, however, expect to see more travellers looking for best value international destinations and deals.
“For Aussies searching for great value international destinations, Wotif offers plenty of ways to get more ‘bang for your buck’. For family trips, we suggest heading to Fiji where you’ll find resorts for all budgets or travel across the ditch to New Zealand, where our Australian dollar still gets you good value travel. Japan is also a growing favourite for Aussies during ski season,” Ms Stockham said.
“With the USA featuring on many Aussie-traveller ‘bucket lists’ for 2016 we predict Hawaii, being so close and so affordable, will be a strong destination in the New Year.”
The Wotif survey also found more than one in five people will consider booking a travel package to save money as a result of the weakening dollar.
“The best way to save is to bundle, and book your flights and hotel together in a package, where travellers can save on the trip because Wotif gives them access to special packaging rates. This can mean a cheaper trip overall, or you could use the savings to extend your stay, or keep more of your cash to spend while away,” Ms Stockham said.
“Travellers can also find more affordable deals by signing up to Wotif member deals, which offer a savings of up to 50% on hotels around the world.”
How the Australian dollar’s low international currency change is influencing Aussies’ 2016 travel plans:
- 52% said I’m planning more domestic trips instead of international travel
- 50% said I’m bargain hunting and looking for best value international destinations
- 22% said I’m considering booking a travel package to save money
- 17% said I go on short haul, not long haul international travel
- 5% said I’m not travelling
Top countries on Australian’s 2016 ‘bucket list’:
A third of Australians will be out of office during summer holidays
Many Australians will be getting in touch with their ‘holiday selves’ before the year is out, with 30% of people saying they will be taking a break before the end of the year.
“Aussies love chasing the sun in summer, and the festive season is an incredibly popular time of year for people to switch on their out of office and switch off from work,” Ms Stockham said.
“It’s not too late to book a trip and get away this summer. We predict the coastal destinations along the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Cairns in Queensland, as well as Victoria’s Great Ocean Road, and Western Australia’s Coral Coast will be popular this summer.
“Aussies also love city escapes, and November is a great time to snap up a holiday city deal on Wotif.
“For travellers who plan to squeeze in a short-haul international trip over summer, New Zealand, Fiji and Hawaii still have great choices available.”
During peak travel season, Wotif recommends the best way to save money on travel is to package together flights and a hotel to create a package on Wotif, or join Wotif as a ‘member’ (which is free) to access exclusive travel discounts.
“There’s no better way to head back to work after Christmas than knowing you have a trip planned in 2016, which one in three (37%) Aussies tell us they plan to do.”