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Burnout and inflation: working Australians need a break, but can’t afford one

Despite the end of the working year within sight, many Aussies are struggling to make it to the finish line with new research from Tourism NT finding that exactly 3 in 5 (60%) feel like they’re crawling towards the Christmas break and two-thirds of us (67%) say life feels more stressful this year and would like a pre-summer break to recharge.

Christmas Crawl and Cost of living – Aussies need time off, but most can’t afford it:

  • 3 in 4 (75%) adult Australians attribute their desire for an early break to late-year burnout, shedding light on the cost of living and the need to manage stress.
  • Aussies have humble holiday budgets amidst the rising cost of living, showing the average Australian typically spends just over three thousand dollars ($3,182) on a domestic holiday.
  • More than 9 in 10 (95%) prefer off-peak travel with lower crowds and prices.
  • Over 3 in 4 (78%) respondents would choose to travel within Australia rather than overseas for their second-half 2023 holiday, a trend that may be related to the rising costs and reduced travel budgets.

Executive Director, Tourism NT, Tony Quarmby shared a potential way for Aussie workers to recover: “This recent data suggests that many Australians are seeking a different kind of holiday this summer – and there’s no better place do summer differently than the Northern Territory. Summer starts early in the Territory from September, offering a massive range of unique experiences to excite, enliven and refresh before the hustle and bustle of the festive season kicks in, and beyond.

With affordability being key for many Aussies at this time of year, summer also presents a great time to travel to the Territory. Summer in the NT is ‘off peak’, which means lower prices, less crowds and more chances to explore, play and breathe.”


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