It’s no secret Australians love to travel, but new research has revealed that we could be holidaying or travelling much more.
Released by InterContinental Hotel & Resorts, the research found that one in three (32%) Aussies admitted they were simply too busy to work to take vacations.
According to the findings, almost two million full-time workers said they hadn’t been on holiday or taken annual leave in more than a year, while over half a million Australians baulk at taking time off due to the stress involved when they return to their job.
IHG Australasia and Japan managing director Leanne Harwood said busy Aussies would benefit from more rest and relaxation.
“It's great to see so many Australians focusing on their careers, but to reach your full potential, it's important to take the time to relax and recharge,” she said.
“Clearing your mind and hitting the reset button can do wonders for your wellbeing.
“It doesn't need to be an extended holiday; a few days can make a significant difference.”
The report also found that most Australians much preferred luxury accommodation.
“The appeal of high-end holidays is very strong amongst us as we found the majority of Australians (89%) would look to stay in a luxury hotel or resort for special occasions (weddings, honeymoons, birthdays),” Ms Harwood said.
“And in some good news, the report also uncovered that chivalry definitely isn't dead amongst us, with 48% choosing to stay in a luxury hotel to celebrate an anniversary.
“It's great to see that millions of Australians are choosing to treat themselves with their loved ones.”
When it comes to the key features we look for when booking accommodation, the report found two thirds (66%) want a convenient location, while 58% think connectivity (WiFi) is vital.
“Other important aspects Australians look for include special views (56 percent), room service (49%) and a decent pool (49 percent),” Harwood added.
According to the study, the most popular holiday states in Australia are Queensland, with 34% voting it the best state to holiday in followed by NSW (18%) and Victoria (17%).