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Under-30s dream of holidaying overseas

Source: Roy Morgan Single Source (Australia), April 2012 – March 2013, sample n = 20,767.

Despite the can-do appeal of the old adage, ‘Don’t dream it, do it’, sometimes it’s not that straightforward. Take Australia’s under-30s: while the majority of them (57%) would like to take an overseas holiday, only 22% (about 1,058,860) have done so in the last 12 months, according to the latest Roy Morgan Holiday Tracking Survey.

Meanwhile, the proportion of Australians aged 30 or over who would like to take a holiday overseas is 43%, with 23% (or 3,243,860) having taken one in the last 12 months.


Overseas Holiday Preference and Behaviour – under 30 years of age versus 30+

Holidaying overseas

Source: Roy Morgan Single Source (Australia), April 2012 – March 2013, sample n = 20,767.

Jane Ianniello, International Director of Tourism, Travel & Leisure, Roy Morgan Research, says:

“Overseas holidays are very appealing to young Australians, some of whom have never ventured beyond their home country before. But it’s often hard for them to realise their dreams as many are still studying, looking for a job, or at the bottom of their career ladder.

“While they dream of a holiday in the UK or United States, the short-haul destinations of New Zealand and Bali are where most under-30s end up holidaying.

“Young New Zealanders also dream of getting away overseas, with 67% of Kiwis under 30 wanting to take a holiday overseas. However, only 21% have taken one in the last 12 months.

 “By contrast, Australians and New Zealanders 30 years or older generally have more resources, allowing them to make their overseas holiday dream a reality.

 “The under-30s market is a large group who are keen to holiday overseas so it is important for travel agents and airlines to understand their demographics, attitudes and behavioural profile and offer a product that is within their reach.”

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For comments or more information please contact:

Jane Ianniello
International Director of Tourism, Travel & Leisure

Office: +61 (7) 3318 7000
Mobile:  +61 423 024 412

Jane.Ianniello@roymorgan.com