· 96% of Australians feel recharged after a holiday, yet their post-holiday recharge feeling only lasts an average of 3.2 days
· Taking a mini-break in spring revealed as the optimal time to recharge the batteries
· Over two thirds of Australian workers experience greater tolerance in the workplace after a holiday
Sydney, 1 September 2017: Today leading online travel site, Wotif.com released its latest research report looking at the impact a holiday has on our work selves, while unlocking the formula for the perfect holiday. The Wotif Travel Yourself Better Report uncovers that although 96% of Australian workers report feeling recharged to some extent after a holiday, the feeling is gone by hump day (3.2 days), proving the need for Aussies to travel themselves better.
To maximise that post-holiday feeling, the report uncovers that we don’t need to rely on a long trip to feel refreshed, with multiple mini-breaks the key to holiday success. Taking four or more mini-breaks over a 12-month period increases your recharge levels by a huge 18%, when compared to the national average. While getting away for a week or more increases your recharge levels by 9%, it is the humble mini-break and multiple of them, that prove to be the optimal way to recharge the batteries.
With spring in full bloom, it is now the perfect time to book in a long weekend away. The inaugural report reveals Australian workers who took a spring mini-break within Australia felt 7% more recharged than the national average.
Wotif Travel Specialist, Amanda Behre says: “While summer is the most popular season for Aussie workers to take a holiday, it’s interesting to see that opting to go on a mini-break just a few months earlier, will not only likely save you money by travelling outside of peak summer periods, but will make you feel more refreshed on your return. With the October long weekend soon approaching and September school holidays only a few weeks away, it’s time we packed our bags and gave the humble weekend away the credit it deserves.”
The research also reminds us of the importance of taking a holiday for our work selves, with 69% of Australians experiencing greater tolerance in the workplace and women more likely (51%) to refrain from snapping at an annoying colleague. Workplace morale and engagement is also boosted, with almost two in three (64%) Australians admitting they feel more committed to their careers after a holiday. Of these workers, Millennials see the most benefit from a holiday, with 46% of Gen Y less inclined to quit their job and 43% more likely to embrace a career challenge.
The Travel Yourself Better Report shows Australian workers will take on average of 3.4 holidays per year (mini-breaks of 2-3 days and long holidays) with each holiday an average of six nights in length. This equates to more than 160 million days spent on holidays over the last year.
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Notes to Editor
*On average, the recharge level for Australian Workers when analysing their holidays over a 12-month period is just 6.8/10.
*On average, the recharge level for Australian Workers after one individual holiday is just 6.7/10.
*The research was commissioned by Wotif and conducted by Lonergan Research in accordance with the ISO 20252 standard. Lonergan Research surveyed 1,030 Australian Workers aged 18+. Surveys were distributed throughout Australia including both capital city and regional areas. The survey was conducted online amongst members of a permission- based panel, between 21stJuly and 25thJuly 2017. After interviewing, data was weighted to the latest population estimates sourced from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
*Australian Workers’ are classified as those who are employed, unemployed but looking for work, or on a career break, and who have been on a domestic or near-Australia international holiday (less than 3 hours flight time) in the last 12 months.
*Two different types of analysis were carried out during the research phase, including trend analysis and linear regression. In doing so, multiple independent variables are included in the analysis, to investigate their relationships with recharge level and overall satisfaction rates.