Hookers, cheese and a tombstone: Most unusual holiday splurges revealed

As Australians set off on holidays this year, Australia’s biggest credit card comparison website, creditcardfinder.com.au, reveals what Aussies love to spend their hard-earned money on while travelling – and the findings may surprise you.

Topping the list for the most unusual holiday splurges were hookers, cheese, and even a tombstone!credit card holiday trap money debt spend

In addition, random  holiday blowouts included artwork, furniture, scuba diving and the purchasing of cars and boats.

Other expenditures were somewhat more conservative, with the biggest credit card splurge for Australian travellers reported as shopping sprees; one in four respondents (25 percent) reported this, up on 2013 results (21 percent).

This was followed by  luxury accommodation (17 percent), expensive restaurants, once-in-a-lifetime experiences, and travelling in style (all 9 percent each).

The most common ‘other’ indulgences were airfares, accommodation, cruises, tours and extending their stay.



Bessie Hassan, Consumer Advocate at creditcardfinder.com.au  says the survey provides a fascinating insight into the binge spending habits of Australian travellers.

 “Interestingly, medical expenses and travel emergencies were among  the most unusual splurges to be reported by Australian travellers, with an estimated 31,000 Australians naming these as their most costly holiday spends.

This is likely due to not having travel insurance, and highlights  the importance of taking out cover before you get on that plane.” 

The survey also found that men are nearly 50 percent more likely to overspend on a fancy restaurant than women.

Women were more likely to indulge in a shopping spree, with 28  percent of women reporting this as their biggest expense against 22 percent of men.

State by state:credit card

  • New South Wales travellers are the flashiest diners with 13 percent of them reporting their biggest credit card spends were on high-end restaurants, followed by
  • Victorians and South Australians (both 9 percent).
  • 1 in 4 Tasmanians will overspend on hotels;
  • Queenslanders are the second most likely to blow their budget on high-end accommodation (1 in 5).
  • Western Australians are most likely to splurge on a shopping spree, with 31 percent of travellers doing so.
  • Tasmanian travellers were most likely to binge spend on experiences such as the World Cup (17 percent), compared to only 7 percent of New South Wales residents (7 percent).

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Michael is a director of Metropole Property Strategists who create wealth for their clients through independent, unbiased property advice and advocacy. He's been voted Australia's leading property investment adviser and his opinions are regularly featured in the media. Visit Metropole.com.au

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