Treating yourself while on holiday may be one of life’s small joys, but breaking the holiday budget is costing Aussies a collective $4.6 billion a year.
- More than one in two (58 per cent) of travellers will return home with an unwanted financial souvenir;
- Aussies on average overspend their holiday budgets by more than $1,554 per person – $4.6 billion in total;
- A quarter (26 per cent) of Aussies don’t save any spending money before travelling;
- One in five (21 per cent) travel without a holiday budget;
- Only one in three (36 per cent) of travellers check their spending each day while on vacation; and
- Over a quarter (28 per cent) report having to make ‘sacrifices’ when they returned home (including choosing to stay in on weekends and eat cheaply).
Michael Baumann, General Manager Everyday Banking and Payments, Commonwealth Bank, said “it might sound obvious but a little research goes a long way with 38 per cent saying the advice they received was very accurate and gave them a good idea of how much money was needed”.
“Despite advice from family and friends and budgeting tips and tricks for travellers online, over half (55 per cent) said they made an educated guess when working out their holiday spending money.
“Even more concerning was that a third (33 per cent) aren’t putting aside extra spending money for unexpected expenses or overspend.
“It’s always advisable to set aside emergency savings that can easily be accessed or transferred from your mobile banking app to your Travel Money Card when unexpected situations arise.
“It’s also important that travellers are realistic about what they can afford while travelling and keep track of their spending to ensure they are sticking to their holiday budget,” said Mr Baumann.