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    Aussies are control freaks who don't do spontaneity

    New research shows work and routine rule over fun and adventure

    lastminute.com.au launches new travel inspiration game Cards of Spontaneity

    Australia, Sydney, 17 November 2016 - Have you ever done a #shoey at a party in Mykonos with someone you met online? Or salsa danced down the Champs-Élysées in Paris with your lover? The answer is probably ‘no’ because Aussies surprisingly prefer the predictable over the priceless, according to new research. But thanks to the Cards of Spontaneity by lastminute.com.au, inspiration is now in the palm of your hands.

    Seven last minute getaways:Say no to long weekend holiday FOMO

    26 September 2016: It’s not too late to avoid long weekend holiday FOMO with online travel site lastminute.com.au rounding up the best coastal, wine, country and city escapes where travellers can still check in for a mini-break.

    From a spontaneous weekend with the bestie or a sneaky romantic getaway, here’s lastminute.com.au’s guide on where to score a last minute deal*:

    1.    Melbourne, VIC

    #winetime: Australia’s top wine regions revealed

    1 August 2016: Nothing beats a cheeky weekend in wine country and according to online travel site, lastminute.com.au, South Australia’s Barossa has taken the title as the most popular wine region in Australia*. 

    The survey of more than 2600+ people revealed the Barossa is the number one spot, followed hot on the heels by Western Australia’s Margaret River and the Hunter Valley in NSW.

    Australia’s favourite wine regions:

    1. Barossa, SA

    2. Margaret River, WA

    3. Hunter Valley, NSW

    4. Yarra Valley, VIC

    5. Mornington Peninsula, VIC

    6. Clare Valley, SA

    7. Tamar Valley, TAS

    8. Mudgee, NSW

    9.  Scenic Rim, QLD

    lastminute.com.au reveals Australia's 2016 travel wish list

    City breaks: Melbourne remains the number one city to visit in 2016.

    In 2016, we predict Melbourne will continue to be ‘Australia’s favourite capital city’, being voted as the number one capital city to visit next year, according to a lastminute.com.au survey of 2600+ Australians.

    Kate Norris, lastminute.com.au travel expert, says Melbourne is a consistent hot spot for Aussie domestic travellers and will continue to drive the crowds in 2016 given it offers something for everyone from the sport, to the art, comedy, inner city bars and coffee haunts.

    Aussie lovers test, save and spice up their relationships with travel

    New research by lastminute.com.au reveals Australian’s romantic interests, whether people are single or in a relationship, plays a significant role in deciding whether to book a holiday; and in many cases seeking love & romance is the sole reason for travel.

    The lastminute.com.au ‘Holiday Lovers’ research found that many people choose destinations based on their ability to ‘pick-up’ a holiday fling. At the other end of the spectrum, others book last minute escapes to save a relationship that’s ‘on the rocks’.

    Aussies chucking sickies to take long weekends away

    According to lastminute.com.au research, the tradition of ‘chucking a sickie’ appears to be alive and well in Australia, with one in four (25%) people admitting to claiming sick leave the day before, or the day after a long weekend - in order to extend a public holiday long weekend away.

    The ‘Living lastminute’ survey of 3300+ Aussies, showed that younger workers (Gen Y) are the most likely to take a fake sickie, with more than one in three (35%) being cheeky enough to shun the office at the last minute for an extended long weekend away.

    Staycation nation: Adelaide is the number one Australian city for a staycation

    According to lastminute.com.au many Australian holiday-makers are such avid fans of their own city, they don’t actually leave it when they take a break.

    The lastminute.com.au research* reveals Aussies like nothing better than splashing out on a cheeky hotel stay in their own backyard, with 40% of people having booked a staycation in their own city.  

    Adelaideans are most likely to book a hotel staycation in their own city, followed by those from Perth and Sydney. By way of contrast, people from the Nation’s capital, Canberra, are the least likely to opt to stay in their home city when taking a break.

    Aussies confess their ‘weird’ flight attendant requests

    The dream job of being a flight attendant may have its perks, however according to lastminute.com.au research, it also has its quirks, with many Aussies admitting to asking bizarre requests of flight attendants, ranging from foot massages to finding long lost relatives while mid-air.  

    The lastminute.com.au ‘Living lastminute’ survey of 3300+ Australians revealed that although only 6 per cent of people admitted to having a ‘weird’ request while flying, but of those, 79 per cent actually had their unusual desire granted.

    Some of the more interesting requests Aussies admit to asking of the cabin crew include:

    Aussies spill the beans on the white lies which scored them a hotel room upgrade

    According to lastminute.com.auLiving lastminute’ survey, many Australians are willing to push the boundaries of truth to secure a hotel room upgrade, with one in five (21%) people claiming to have spun a white lie to score an upgrade.  

    From claiming to work for the United Nations, to checking out accommodation ‘for the Royal Family’, of those who fabricated the truth, three quarters (75%) said their interesting excuses worked.

    The survey of 3300+ Aussies showed that Gen Y (18 to 34 years) are the most common age group to fib to get an upgrade (29%), however they are also the least believable, with only 67% of people securing their upgrade.

    Embrace the Winter chill with a cosy escape!

    The Winter chill is on its way, which means it’s time to lock in a few spontaneous cosy weekends away. Think cute village style cafes, hot chocolates, frosty countryside walks, comfort food filled evenings and of course, “red red wine”.

    Leading travel and lifestyle site, lastminute.com.au has put together some recommendations for cosy weekends away to make sure you live last minute this Winter.  

    Whether you are in need of a romantic escape, group getaway or a weekend with the girls, rug up and start planning one of these escapes: 


    Travel remains a priority for Australian consumers

    According to a survey of 4100+ people by leading travel and lifestyle site lastminute.com.au, Aussie’s love affair with travel continues, with almost one in two Australians (44%) saying taking a holiday at least once a year is the one thing they will never scrimp on. Many are also reluctant to scrimp on weekend trips away (15%).

    According to the 2015 survey of 4100+ people, Australian’s will never scrimp on: 

    1.     Taking a holiday once a year – 44%

    2.     Weekend trips away – 15%

    3.     Going out for drinks with friends – 13%

    People are, however, willing to make sacrifices on other lifestyle choices to fuel their desire to travel.

    Get out of here: Travel is the best post breakup medicine

    Forget drowning your sorrows in bed, watching sad movies and eating icecream, according to a survey of 4100+ Australians by lastminute.com.au one in four (25%) people have booked a last minute holiday following a relationship breakup; with most people choosing to travel solo and many returning home feeling empowered.

    Of those who decided to take a sponataneous holiday to celebrate their new status, one in two (48%) took ‘time out’ and travelled solo, over one in three (35%) decided to enjoy a partying holiday with friends, 8% went to find a rebound romance, while just 3% decided to visit a yoga retreat. 

    Stuck for a last minute Valentine’s Day gift? Aussies favourite date night is a stay in a luxurious hotel

    Forget the traditional dinner and a movie, according to leading travel and lifestyle site lastminute.com.au one in four Australians agree a night of five-star hotel luxury is the ultimate date night idea.

    The survey, of 4100+ Australians, showed the ideal date night in order is:

    • A night in a luxe five-star hotel (26%)
    • A night at a fine dining restaurant (22%)
    • When my partner surprises me (16%)
    • A sunset picnic (14%)
    • Going to see a band (9%)

    lastminute.com.au spokesperson Louise Ryan says a night in a five-star hotel is the ultimate recipe for romance for couples looking to escape and spoil themselves a little.

    One in four Aussies have booked a holiday after getting social media FOMO

    Uploading a sun-kissed holiday selfie doesn’t just result in a few facebook ‘likes’, according to lastminute.com.au data*, which shows one in four (25%) Australian’s have booked a holiday after getting ‘FOMO’ seeing a friend’s travel photos on social media.

    According to the 2015 survey, of 4100+ Australian’s: 

    Generation Y is most likely to turn their social media scrolling into action, with over one in three (37%) people aged 18 to 34 years admitting they have booked a trip after getting social media envy. Of those, 29% went to the same destination as their social media friend and 57% went ‘somewhere even better’.

    Melbourne named the number one Australian city to visit in 2015

    Australia’s style, fashion and coffee capital, Melbourne has taken out the position of the number one ‘wish list’ domestic city to visit in 2015, according to leading travel and lifestyle site lastminute.com.au.

    In a survey, of 4100+ people, the top Australian ‘wish list’ cities to visit in 2015, are:  

    1.     Melbourne, VIC

    2.     Perth, WA

    3.     Hobart, TAS

    4.     Sydney, NSW

    5.     Darwin, NT

    6.     Brisbane, QLD

    7.     Adelaide, SA

    8.     Canberra, ACT

    There is nothing more true blue than Uluru: Australia’s number one bucket list destination


    With Australia Day just around the corner, leading travel and lifestyle site lastminute.com.au has released its ‘Aussie bucket list’ destination research which reveals one of our most iconic natural landmarks, Uluru has taken out the crown of Australia’s number one bucket list destination.  

    According to the survey, of 4100+ Australians, the top 10 Aussie bucket list destinations that people have not yet visited, but which they intend too, are:

    1.     Uluru, NT

    2.     Great Barrier Reef, QLD

    3.     The Kimberley, WA

    4.     The Whitsundays, QLD

    5.     Kakadu National Park, NT

    Solo travellers are not alone: one in three Aussies will travel solo in 2015

    Forget the annoying travel buddies, almost a third (32%) of Australians are planning to travel solo in 2015, according to a survey of 4100+ people by leading travel and lifestyle site lastminute.com.au

    The research revealed a real appetite for travelling alone, with 61% of the 4100+ respondents stating they have travelled solo previously, while a quarter (25%) of people who haven’t travelled solo would like to ‘at some point’.

    According to lastminute.com.au spokesperson, Louise Ryan, both men and women travel solo for many reasons, and not just because they are single or lacking travel companions.