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Travelling Aussies miss their pets more than their families: Research

New research from Jetstar has revealed that a quarter of Aussies miss their pets most when travelling and TBH, we get it.

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The airline has released the results of its inaugural “Global Travel Survey” with almost 30,000 travellers from destinations across the Jetstar network (including Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Singapore, Greater China and Vietnam) responding to a series of holiday-related questions ranging from pet peeves to travel etiquette.

Key findings revealed that a quarter of Australians miss their pets most when travelling, more than 80 per cent prioritise packing a phone over a book, and more than one third say that a person using both armrests is the most annoying behaviour experienced when sitting next to a fellow traveller.

Which, again, we can totally relate to.

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Perhaps the most surprising finding was that 32 per cent of Aussie travellers said they don’t miss anyone while on holiday.

But the survey also found that love conquers all, with 57 per cent choosing to travel with their partner on their dream holiday, rather than travelling on their own (7 per cent). This was in contrast to Japanese travellers, a large portion of who say they would prefer to fly solo on their dream trip (28 per cent).

We’ve also been called out for being a nation of smartphone addicts, with 80 per cent of people prioritising packing their phone over a book, this was even higher in Singapore at (97 per cent). In fact, Australians would sacrifice packing travel essentials such as a hairbrush (34 per cent), shoes (12 per cent) and underwear (7 per cent) just to bring their phones.

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However, we are mixed when it comes to using social media while travelling; 27 per cent of Aussies said they post once a day, while 24 per cent said they don’t like to post at all.

“We know that everyone travels differently and the survey shows that Jetstar customers around the world are quite specific in their travel preferences,” said Jetstar Chief Customer Officer, Catriona Larritt.

“When it comes to things like asking for directions, preferred travel companions and even seat armrest sharing, people are quite definite in what makes for an enjoyable trip.

“The huge response to our Global Travel Survey has provided unique insights into travel habits across the Asia Pacific, which will allow us to further understand our customers and provide an even better experience.”

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