Australia’s 2008 travel resolutions revealed by Expedia.com.au

On January 07, 2008 at 08:00 AM

Eastern Europe emerges as favourite must-see destination for 2008, while making travel carbon neutral barely rates a mention

This year will see Australians visiting new and different destinations, according to a recent poll into Australians’ travel resolutions for 2008 conducted by online travel company Expedia.com.au.

Almost two-thirds (64%) of the survey’s 5,000 respondents chose visiting a completely new and different destination as their number one travel resolution for 2008; interestingly, however, only 4% of respondents chose making all future trips carbon neutral as their number one travel resolution for 2008.

Eastern Europe topped the list (28%) of desired destinations in 2008, with South America coming a close second (24%). Africa is also emerging as a popular hot spot, with one in five Australians citing that continent as their destination of choice for 2008 (21%), while Southeast Asia continues to wane in popularity, with only 16% of respondents choosing this as their destination of choice.

When asked what resolution they would aim to keep while travelling, 40% said they would “try something adventurous”. One in five respondents said they would aim to travel to see a friend they haven’t seen for a long time, while keeping a travel log/blog or trying to speak the local language of a destination also ranked high on the list of what Australians said they would try to adhere to while on their travels in 2008.

When asked what bad travel habits they would like to break, spending over the allocated holiday budget came up as the number one resolution (37%) for 2008. (Surprisingly, over a fifth of respondents said they didn’t have any bad travel habits to break.)

However, and as a sign of apparent fatigue from the year gone by, the survey showed that what Australians appear to be in need of most right now is some serious R&R. When asked what holiday activity they would like to try, “doing nothing” and “just relaxing” was quoted by almost a third of respondents as their number one travel “activity”. Over 34% chose a relaxing spa holiday as their holiday of choice this year.

Kicking back and relaxing is also reflected in the most popular domestic holiday destinations for 2008. The Whitsunday Islands secured over a third of the vote (35%), while Tasmania came second in the local destination popularity stakes (23%).

The results of this latest Expedia.com.au poll echo the findings of Expedia’s global Vacation Deprivation survey™released in May 2007, which showed that among the six industrialised countries surveyed, Australians were found to be the worst in the world at taking holidays, with more than a third of employed Australians not taking all of their annual leave.

Top 5 travel resolutions for 2008:

Rank

Travel resolution

%

1

Visit a completely new / different destination

64

2

Visit an old friend I haven’t seen for a long time

20

3

Take an overseas volunteer working holiday

6

4

Learn to speak the local language before I depart

6

5

Make all of my future trips carbon neutral

4

Most popular international travel destinations for 2008:

Rank

Destination

%

1

Eastern Europe

28

2

South America

24

3

Africa

20

4

Southeast Asia

16

5

China

11

Most popular domestic travel destinations for 2008:

Rank

Destination

%

1

WhitsundayIslands

35

2

Tasmania

23

3

Broome

22

4

Southeast Queensland

11

5

Alice Springs

9

Resolutions to keep while travelling in 2008:

Rank

Travel resolution

%

1

Try something adventurous

40

2

Keep a travel journal/blog

21

3

Try speaking the local language

21

4

Eat only the local cuisine

18

Bad travel habits to break in 2008:

Rank

Travel resolution

%

1

Spending over the allocated holiday budget

37

2

Not doing enough research before departure

17

3

Eating poorly while travelling

15

4

Not immersing enough in the local culture

10

Note: 21% of respondents said they do not have any bad travel habits

Ideal travel activities in 2008:

Rank

Activity

%

1

Doing nothing / need to relax

29

2

Outdoor pursuit (e.g. photography)

21

3

Educational (e.g. learn a new language)

18

4

Cultural (e.g. visiting museums)

18

5

Extreme sports (e.g. skydiving)

14

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