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REVEALED: Surprising Aussie spending and tipping holiday habits

June 3, 2019 OTA News No Comments Email Email

Leading travel search engine, ​​, has today launched its ​Travel Spending Report ​ , revealing how Aussies are splashing their cash when on holiday.

Aussies have one thing on their minds: sampling local cuisine

The findings demonstrate that surprisingly, Australia is a nation of food-lovers rather than the active adventure seekers they are often portrayed as. Dining out has taken the top spot with 50% of Aussie travellers prioritising spending their money on eating out at restaurants and cafes while abroad.

Paling in comparison, fewer than one in ten (8%) choose to spend most of their money on exercise and adventure activities on holiday, whilst a quarter opt for splashing the cash on tours (25%) and cultural activities (26%).

Over a quarter (27%) of Aussies spend over $60 a day on food on holiday, whilst a third spend between $31 – $60 per day. Almost two thirds (63%) of Aussies also consider good food as key criteria when initially choosing a travel destination.

Tipping etiquette

When it comes to tipping etiquette, Aussies can drive a hard bargain. Over a fifth (21%) admit to never tipping, and a further 16% only tip the waiters if the service was great, no matter the tipping etiquette in the country. However, 43% will tip the waiter ​if ​ tipping is expected in the country.

Saving for a hungry day

It seems that Aussies are natural foodies and prefer to explore the food offerings of another culture, with 1 in 3 Aussies (31%) saying they hold back on going out to eat in order to save up for their holiday. Other ways that Aussies save up for their travels include selling possessions (16%), paying for their trip in instalments (11%) and taking up an extra job leading up to the holiday (10%).

Interestingly, as a result of the ‘Netflix effect’ only 5% would be willing to cancel their entertainment subscriptions such as Netflix, Foxtel or Spotify.

Hichame Assi, Managing Director, APAC, Global Hotels & Affiliates ​at KAYAK says, “For Aussies on holiday, food and travel go hand in hand. Our Travel Spending Report has revealed the lengths Aussies will go to to ensure that they get to taste the best foreign cuisine whilst travelling. To help Aussies keep their hard earned cash for holiday dining, has a host of tools and features including our Price Alert feature and ​Best Time to Book​ travel guide!”

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