Travel survey: Aussie men more romantic travellers than women

On October 27, 2009 at 01:00 PM survey reveals men prefer longer romantic holidays with their partners, while women would rather take short beach breaks

Men are 10 per cent more likely to prefer romantic holidays than women and five times more likely to pay for their partners when travelling together.  Men are also 36 per cent more likely to want long holidays with their partners and two out of every three say they share packing responsibilities together. However, what men dislike most is having to compromise with their partners when travelling, while women say their pet peeve is putting up with their partners’ messiness.

The survey, conducted by travel website, operated by Expedia, Inc., the world’s leading online travel company, polled 2,000 adult Australians who are in mixed-gender relationships about how they travel together, who makes the holiday decisions – and who packs the travel bags.

Despite the odd gripes, travelling Australian couples are a mostly egalitarian and harmonious bunch, with 90 per cent saying they discuss and agree on their holiday destinations together. Almost three quarters say they jointly decide on their hotel choices, while around 60 per cent say they share the holiday planning and split their travel expenses. While around a quarter of respondents say they let their partner take responsibility for arranging their travel documentation, only 10 per cent admitted to their partner packing their bags for them. Not surprisingly, women are nearly twice as likely to say they are the ones who pack than men admit to. And to prove that they are more egalitarian than the previous generation, younger Australian couples (under 34 years old) are 12 per cent more likely to pack together.

Holiday preferences vary between age groups however the most popular holiday option for couples across nearly all age groups was beach and relaxation, with an average of 37 per cent saying they preferred that over cultural, cruising, action and adventure holidays. While younger couples (i.e. under 34-year-olds) are more likely to prefer romantic holidays, older Australian couples are 74 per cent more likely to prefer culture (e.g. museums and galleries) on their travels together.

Australia came out as the most popular travel destination for couples overall, with almost a third (30 per cent) saying home is best, followed closely by Europe (29 per cent), and Asia in third position (14 per cent). Nearly twice as many young couples (under 34-year-olds) would choose Europe as their number one destination, while South America and Africa barely rated a mention as a preferred destination for a holiday together (just over 1 per cent each).

Louise Crompton, Marketing Manager of, said the unique survey results show that as Australian couples get older, their holiday preferences change, as does their ability and penchant to travel and plan together.

“Whilst there is nothing better than sharing a holiday with that special someone we all know it can be challenging to agree on destinations, hotels and itineraries. While Australian couples appear to be managing their travels together quite well, to avoid sticky situations, it is important to establish roles and responsibilities from the outset, such as who will be researching and booking hotels, obtaining the necessary travel documentation and arranging the packing. Above everything, it is important to be flexible and to compromise – have fun with your partner and don’t worry about the little things,” she said. 

Expedia Holiday Destination Recommendations for Couples:


Bali is perhaps the quintessential getaway for both young and older Australian couples seeking a mixture of fun, relaxation and romance. With sun-drenched beaches, lush landscapes and picture-postcard views, this tropical getaway entices with a harmonious blend of peaceful, cultural and energetic pursuits. Kuta Bay, a resort that combines beautiful beaches with a raucous nightlife is likely to appeal to the young, while Ubud, the cultural capital of Bali, is a must-see spot for those enjoy striking scenery and intriguing cultural experiences.


This populous city renowned for its culture and nightlife is an ideal tourist destination where couples can explore via boat through the labyrinth of canals which allow close-up views of orchid farms, flower and vegetable gardens, and the traditional Thai lifestyle. Numerous temples from Wat Pho and Wat Phra Kaeo and the ornate architectural details of the Grand Palace are just some of the must-see sights of Bangkok.


Ah Paris, with its tree-lined boulevards, cobblestoned streets and fresh smell of coffee and baguettes creeping from the cafes and restaurants. Is there any place more romantic, more beautiful and more important to the history and culture of the modern world? Romantic couples can float down the Seine at day and dine at dimly-lit restaurants at night, while interested Aussies can tour the Champs Elysée, Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower and Sacré Coeur. For art buffs, nothing beats Paris’s offerings of the Louvre and Musée d'Orsay.

Perth and Western Australia

Western Australia is known to have some of Australia’s finest beaches, wineries and wilderness areas. Set on the banks of the sail-studded Swan River, Perth is the perfect blend of culture, beauty and relaxation. The weather is warm and sunny almost all year round and the people are famously friendly. The ideal time to visit Perth is between November and March, when the weather is warm and dry with low humidity, and the afternoon temperatures are lowered by the fresh breezes of the Fremantle Doctor blowing in from the Indian Ocean.

Port Douglas

North of Cairns, this resort town lures older and younger couples with its fine restaurants, art galleries, stunning Four Mile Beach, Marina Mirage complex and a myriad of cruise craft that will steer you to the Great Barrier Reef. Perfect for those seeking romance, relaxation or adventure, Port Douglas is one of the most popular tourist destinations offering a plethora of water activities, sightseeing and breathtaking views. 

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