STUDY: Only eight per cent of Aussies spend most of their holiday money on adventure activities

Group of people rafting on Koprulu Canyon near Antalya, Turkey

New research has revealed how Aussies are splashing their cash when on holiday.

According to’s Travel Spending Report, Australia is a nation of food-lovers rather than the active adventure seekers they are often portrayed as, with half of Aussie travellers prioritising spending their money on eating out at restaurants and cafes while abroad.

Paling in comparison, only eight per cent choose to spend most of their money on exercise and adventure activities on holiday, while 25 per cent opt for splashing the cash on tours, and 26 per cent on cultural activities.

The study also found that 27 per cent of Aussies spend over $60 a day on food on holiday, while a third spend between $31 and $60 per day. Almost two thirds (63 per cent) of Aussies also consider good food as key criteria when initially choosing a travel destination.

When it comes to tipping etiquette, the research found that Aussies can drive a hard bargain, with 21 per cent admitting to never tipping, and a further 16 per cent only tipping the waiters if the service was great, no matter the tipping etiquette in the country they’re visiting.

However, 43 per cent will tip the waiter if tipping is expected in the country.

And it appears Aussies are natural foodies and prefer to explore the food offerings of another culture, with 31 per cent 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 per cent), paying for their trip in instalments (11 per cent) and taking up an extra job leading up to the holiday (10 per cent).

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

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