Christmas break leaves Aussies tired, stressed and in need of a holiday

On January 19, 2011 at 02:00 PM

If you’ve returned to work from the Christmas break feeling tired, stressed and maybe a little unmotivated, you’re not alone. A recent survey* conducted by online travel company has found that the recent Christmas break has left many Australians (27 per cent) feeling tired, stressed and feeling like they had not relaxed – particularly those who had spent it with family.

While over 70 per cent of Australians spent Christmas with family this year, many Gen Ys specifically found Christmas with the family particularly hard work. They reported feeling the most stressed and tired of any age group after their Christmas break, with around a quarter planning a last-minute escape now to recuperate.

The Expedia survey also found that more than half of Australians said their Christmas break had motivated them to start planning another holiday, with almost three quarters (72 per cent) of women saying they feel more motivated at work when they have a holiday to look forward to, compared to 63 per cent of men. Meanwhile, the strength of the Australian Dollar is motivating over a third of Aussies (34 per cent) to plan an international holiday in 2011.

Louise Crompton, Senior Manager Marketing, Expedia Australia and New Zealand, commented on the survey results: “Most people go on holiday to relax and recuperate, so it’s no surprise Aussies are saying they need a holiday following the busy Christmas break. Those looking to book a holiday for 2011 are in luck. At the moment, travellers have plenty of cheap deals and cheap flights to choose from, offering great value for money. If travellers are flexible, Expedia’s Deal Hunter is a great way to check the best last-minute deals available at any time,” Ms Crompton said.

State by state stats:

  • Residents in the ACT and South Australia were the happiest over the Christmas period whereas Tasmanians felt the least happy. Residents in Western Australia and New South Wales were the most likely to need a break from their families after spending Christmas with them.
  • 29 per cent of New South Wales residents spent Christmas within their own state but away from home, the most of any state.
  • Residents of South Australia were the most likely to travel overseas for the Christmas break
  • 75 per cent of ACT residents are already planning their 2011 holiday, the most of any state, followed by Victoria and West Australia.

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*About the survey

Pureprofile fielded the online survey on behalf of™ between 5 and 14 January 2011 among a nationwide cross-section of 1,000 adults aged 18+ in Australia. The data was weighted to be representative of the total Australian population on the basis of gender, location and age. With probability samples of this size, one can say with 95 per cent certainty that the results for the sample have a sampling error of plus or minus two percentage points.

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