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Adventurous Kiwis get ‘out there’ on holiday

Adventurous Kiwis get ‘out there’ on holiday

Expedia report sheds light on holiday extroversion habits

· Shyness not a problem – holiday goers cut loose in social settings

· Kiwis most adventurous with food & drink, socialising and culture related activities

Expedia’s new Out There report reveals 65% of Kiwis say they behave more extrovertly while on holiday with more than a quarter (28%) saying they are stress-free on holiday and can really let their hair down.

Renowned as give-it-a-go travellers, the research shows that visiting new destinations is important to more than three quarters (76%) of Kiwi travellers who relish getting under the skin of a destination, exploring and experiencing the local history, cuisine, and culture.

Daring Kiwis go beyond their comfort zone by:
· Trying new foods and drinks (73%)
· Socialising with new people while on holiday (49%)
· Participating in local customs (48%)
· Trying new sporting / leisure activities (43%)

While young Kiwis (18-24 years old) are the most outgoing (73%), older Kiwis aren’t afraid to get out there on holidays either; half (52%) of over 65’s say they let loose more when on holidays. Almost half of Kiwis (47%) say their outgoing tendencies begin to emerge once they are feeling settled in and comfortable in their new destination though nearly one in three (31%) feel most adventurous when they first arrive at a new destination.

“While we discover new destinations and cultures on our travels, we are presented with the perfect opportunity to embrace the unknown and do something out-of-the-ordinary. It’s inspiring to see so many Kiwi travellers taking advantage of affordable airfares and accommodation to explore the world and its endless possibilities,” said Expedia travel expert, Kelly Cull.

Life of the party
Social settings topped the list of where Kiwis are most likely to cut loose while on holiday. Going out to bars, dining with new people and talking to strangers doesn’t phase almost two thirds (65%) of Kiwis.

Reduction in stress, anonymity and a desire to soak-up new experiences with fellow travellers are the top three reasons for kicking social engagement up a gear on holiday.

Almost half of Kiwis (48%) have started a conversation with a stranger in a bar and more than a quarter (26%) have joined a table of people they’ve never met before when on holiday.

Roaming romance
On the love front, Kiwis aren’t afraid to get out there to mend a broken heart or enjoy a whirlwind romance away from home. Nearly one in six (17%) Kiwis say they’ve booked a holiday following a break-up and almost a third (31%) have booked a getaway in search of holiday romance.

When in Rome

Asian cuisine tops the list of food and drink Kiwis are most adventurous with including Chinese (38%), Indonesian (27%) Thai (26%) and Japanese (22%). Quirkier food choices Kiwis admitted to trying including birds nest soup, sea urchins, live octopus and spicy wasabi soda.

Worry warts
Getting scammed out of money (28%), food and water safety (39%), and getting lost in unfamiliar surroundings (35%) rate as the top three concerns when travelling. Other experiences that cause worry, include using local currency, language barriers, losing your passport or being bitten by unfamiliar creatures.


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