That’s not to say they aren’t frustrated, according to the survey by G Adventures. Of all travellers surveyed globally, those living down under were the only ones to vote ‘revenge travel’ as their second motivator at 16%, with revitalisation travel – a desire for their next holiday to be about personal well being – sliding in third at 12%, against a global average of 18%.
At 41% reconnection travel is, however, the clear frontrunner in the survey which polled more than 500 travellers in New Zealand and Australia about their intentions for their post-pandemic travel plans.
In the same survey, 93% of travellers said travel is important to their wellbeing and mental health, indicating they are looking to take their next holiday in a way that not only helps them reconnect, but optimises travel as a means of revitalisation too.
When it comes to reconnecting, 47% of Kiwis and Aussies want to take time out from their devices and social media, with a further 26% expressing that socialising and meeting new people is their top wellbeing priority .
Additionally, 45% of those polled cited needing a holiday to help alleviate pandemic-related stress or burnout from work – lower than the global average of 53%, but still a significant percentage.