Men and women divided over travel habitsWhen it comes to Aussie travel habits, men and women are divided - especially when matters of lust and libido are involved - according to leading online travel company ZUJI.com.au.
In August 2006, ZUJI conducted an online survey of more than 1,000 people to determine differing travel trends between the sexes. Results found that topics below the belt proved to be the biggest differentiator.
Whilst in the air, a cheeky 43 percent of male respondents have flirted with a flight attendant, compared to just 14 percent of females. Similarly, over 20 percent more men than women admitted to fantasising about joining the 'mile high club', whilst seven percent of male respondents already have membership.
On arrival at their destination, precisely 45 percent of both men and women have had a holiday fling at some point in their travels.
Despite their differences, both sexes were in total agreement that French reigns supreme as the sexiest foreign accent, with the Brazilian accent taking second place.
Peter Smith, ZUJI Australia's General Manager said he was delighted with the response from ZUJI customers. "At ZUJI, we recognise travel is often about having fun, and this was reflected in the large number of responses to the survey. We're always interested in what makes our customers tick, and this survey has provided plenty of interesting and amusing insights into the ways in which men and women differ in their travel routines, inclinations, and of course, fantasies."
Shoes rather than the opposite sex seem to fuel the female love affair whilst on holiday. When asked about holiday packing habits, 17 percent of women admitted to taking four or more pairs of shoes compared to just three percent of men for a one-week city holiday.
Furthermore, half of all women surveyed take eight or more pairs of underpants while less than a quarter of men do the same. A shocking 10 percent of men confessed to taking just two pairs or less which may well coincide with the unlucky four percent of men who answered "tried but failed" to the holiday fling question.
Surprisingly, when it comes to holiday preparation there are similarities across gender. Over half of both males and females leave the packing until the night before. In addition, both men and women spend between $101 - $250 on new clothes, cosmetics and beauty treatments.
And matters of old-fashioned romance were agreed on too - 67 percent of females believe it is more romantic to be proposed to whilst on holidays, and 59 percent of men agree.
NSWMen from NSW are more shy than any other state: 64% of men have never flirted with a flight attendant, compared with 51% (QLD) and 46% (VIC)
Men from NSW are less likely to fantasise about joining the mile high club (41%) - the national average is 48%. NSW women are also the least likely to fantasise (22%) - the national average is 26%
NSW men and women are both above average when it comes to having a holiday fling. 49% of each have had one - the national average for both is 45%
VICVictorian women take their fashion seriously - 40% of women would take four or more pairs of shoes on a one week city holiday, which is 23% above the national female average, and 8% more than women in NSW
VIC men are flirtier than men in NSW and QLD - 53% admitted to flirting with a flight attendant, compared with 35% (NSW) and 47% (QLD).
VIC men are the least likely to be members of the mile high club (5%) but the most likely to fantasise about joining (57%) - the national average is 48%. VIC women are also the most likely women to fantasise (29%) - the national average is 26%
QLD13% of men from QLD are already members of the mile high club, compared with the national average of 7%
Men and women from QLD are least likely to have had a holiday fling - both under the national average of 45%
ACT33% of male respondents from ACT take two or less pairs of underpants on a one week holiday - the national average is 10%
11% of male respondents from ACT have "tried but failed" to have a holiday fling - the national average is 4%
WA18% of male respondents from WA have "tried but failed" to have a holiday fling - the national average is 4%
22% of female respondents from WA have flirted with a flight attendant - the national average is 14%
SA65% of SA women take eight or more pairs of underpants on a one week holiday - the national average is 50%
NT63% of female respondents from NT have had a holiday fling, compared with the national average of 45%
TAS80% of female respondents from TAS have not had a holiday fling - the national average is 52%
100% of female respondents from TAS have not flirted with a flight attendant
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