Adventurous Kiwis get ‘out there’ on holiday

On May 13, 2014 at 02:34 AM

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 Kiwitravellers 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 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 Kiwi.

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 ocotopus 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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