We love travel. Shock horror, I know.
But in the same that we love different places to visit, there are different types of travellers, too. From organisational whizzes to the ultimate planning procrastinators, we all have our own habits and vibes when it comes to planning our next adventure.
Cheapflights recently released a report that suggests us Australians spend EIGHT YEARS collectively searching for flights every damn month, seriously though – we cannot get enough. And from these results we found out that it’s likely you fit into one of these categories when look for your next trip.
#1 The Thrifty Searcher / Deal Fiend
You know that in the midst of all the viral cat videos and #fakenews articles, the internet is crawling with amazing deals and flight offers. Hours searching for the cheapest possible flights is time well spent for you, and it’s rare that you’re put off by a pesky stopover or inconvenient departure time. Casual browsing is your middle name, and you almost always have a flight booker open in your browser waiting for daily sales. There’s a chance you’ll pounce on the first deal they see – because any saving is a good saving, right? It’s more than likely you’re doing this on-the-go too, with more than 50% of you browsing on your smartphone when searching.
#2 The Impatient Travellers
The expression ‘it’s not the destination, but the experience’, yeah… that couldn’t be less true for a traveller like you. When it comes to travelling, you are all about convenience and have no time for alternative routes or out-of-the-way airports. Annual leave days are bloody precious after all, and rather than sitting in an airport, you prefer to fly direct to be on the beach, cocktail in hand ASAP. And you rarely want to fly in December – the most popular month to depart, when long queues and delays are almost a guarantee.
#3 The Logical Booker
You’re the calm and collected type, you know that sometimes you get what you pay for. Before making a purchase, you’re that person scouring the web for reviews, peruse the T&Cs and spend hours researching and comparing airlines and destinations. You know it can pay dividends to shell out a bit more and that often the quickest option isn’t the most cost effective. You’ll always be able to tell your mates the best bargain, like swapping French Polynesia for New Caledonia to secure a tropical getaway, and all about the major savings – more than $1,500 in this case to be precise.
#4 The Impulsive Purchaser
Busy folks like you will book a holiday at some point, but it’s likely that you ain’t going to be putting much thought into the where and when. You know roughly what type of trip you’re looking for, and will jump when you see a deal. However, you don’t rely on airlines offering cheaper seats to fill planes last minute. Indeed, the data from the Cheapflights report shows booking within one week of departure could cost travellers more, from a 22% premium for Trans-Tasman flights and 17% more for Asia Pacific, to 15% for long haul trips. But the sporadic nature of your travel habits mean you could almost careless about a few little savings.
#5 The Fussy Planner
We all know a travel complainer – one that is picky about their preferred airline, departure time and where they sit. So you know if this is you.. or do you? Basically, you’re the one who makes planning a group trip infuriating (soz, it’s true.) However, being particular could save you and your mates big bucks. With Friday the most expensive day to depart, even flying out on Saturday morning could save you 8% for Trans-Tasman trips, and you’ll still get to your destination in time to enjoy the weekend. A pain today, a hero tomorrow.
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