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October 26, 2018 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Almost half of the Australian population (46%) is planning to travel over the Christmas-New Year holiday period, according to a new survey.

The survey of 2011 respondents by found that many respondents are already booked to go on holiday during December or January.

Advance booking is not dead. Of those travelling this summer, over one in four (28%) – equivalent to 2.5 million Aussies – booked their holiday by July, a whole six months beforehand.

Angus Kidman, Travel Expert at has reminded consumers that the time they book their holidays can greatly impact cost and availability.

“So many people want holidays during December or January, so some will even book their holiday a year in advance.

“While that kind of planning might strike you as overly hyper-organised, bargain hunters know that they’ll find the lowest prices on flights and hotels by booking months in advance,” he said.

One in five (21%) Australians are still undecided on whether they’ll take a trip this holiday season but Kidman says the key is to be flexible with dates to save money.

“The countdown is on with only 64 days left till Christmas, but don’t let the stress of a last-minute booking deter you from taking a break. There are still Christmas travel deals available to help you score a cheap holiday.”

Kidman says if budget-conscious Aussies are keen on jetting-off over Christmas they might need to sacrifice some of the celebrations.

“New Year’s Day is usually when we start to see flights dip in pricing. If you’re happy to skip the New Year’s Eve festivities, you could really save.”

Of those going away over December and January, one in seven (15%) are jetting off overseas while almost a third (31%) are taking a holiday within Australia.

Edited by Peter Needham

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