Most travellers know the trouble of returning from holiday only to find their wallet is empty and their bank account is growing cobwebs.
While a significant factor in the drain on finances is the costs of travel and accommodation, there is another reason why Australians are particularly hard hit in their pockets.
According to a survey conducted by TripAdvisor, Australians are the most likely nationality to donate to charity while abroad or once they have returned.
Overall, 7 per cent of travellers say they are more likely to donate due to their experience on holiday. More than half (59 per cent) of Australians also agree that they feel more tolerant of others after returning from a trip abroad, which could influence their generosity.
The Psychology of Travel, released as part of TripAdvisor’s TripBarometer, revealed a number of interesting insights into the behaviour and motivations of Australians on holiday.
Here are just a few of the key lessons we can learn:
How travelling makes us feel
Close to three-quarters (72 per cent) of Australians feel the most excited about their holiday when they arrive at their destination, while just 52 per cent feel fulfilled when they are preparing for departure.
Comparatively, just 55 per cent of global travellers feel excited on arrival, and 47 per cent are fulfilled by the time they leave.
Perhaps this is why Australians are the second most likely travellers to immediately begin planning their next trip abroad. More than four in five (84 per cent) agree they would follow up a holiday by planning another trip, behind only the Brazilians on 85 per cent.
What we do on holiday
There are many reasons why a person may want to disappear on holiday – whether it’s just to enjoy warmer weather in winter or to visit family in another country, for example.
Surprisingly, travellers are nine times more likely to crave unique activities, rather than pampered experiences. This highlights the importance of reviewing your travel insurance policy to ensure you can partake in adventurous activities without the risk of this falling outside of your cover.
However, just 15 per cent of travellers actively seek out an adventure holiday, compared to 35 per cent who prefer a trip focused on city and culture, and 28 per cent who seek out the sun and seas.
How we feel when we return
When we come home from holiday, many of us feel inspired to continue the holiday experience. For instance, 40 per cent of travellers agree they want to explore their own city more after a trip abroad. A further 55 per cent of Australians will expand their diets to include food discovered on their travels once they return, compared to just 38 per cent of global holiday-goers.
Are you travelling anywhere exciting this summer?