Aussies go wild overseas
AUSSIE travellers are leaving their inhibitions at home as they jet off for overseas holidays, research shows.
The Southern Cross Travel Insurance research gathered in August - of 1000 Aussies nationwide - showed "wildcard” behaviour on holiday included skinny dipping, visiting strip clubs, doing shots at bars and playing tonsil hockey with strangers.
The findings were revealed this week, following the shenanigans of the Budgie Nine in Malaysia earlier this month, and the death of Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej last week. The Budgie Nine group stripped down to swimwear and proceeded to drink beer from their shoes to celebrate fellow Aussie Daniel Ricciardo's victory at the Malaysia Grand Prix on October 2. They were held in prison for nearly a week before being let out to fly home.
More than two thirds, or 68%, of travellers admitted wildcard behaviour when overseas and more than a third (35%) admitted to doing things on holiday they would never do back home. And it was not just younger travellers engaging in high-risk activities when abroad.
One in 10 grey nomad travellers aged more than 65 got cosy with a stranger overseas. A number of grey nomads, along with the same number of millennials, also admitted to walking down back streets at night. Aussies are known for enjoying a tipple or two on holiday, too. More than a third (34%) of those surveyed got boozy on the local beverage, with a further 16% knocking back unknown shots and spirits.
Following the death of the Thai king, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade released a warning to Aussie travellers to Thailand to curb their partying.
"To demonstrate respect for the Thai people, refrain from any behaviour that may be interpreted as festive, disrespectful or disorderly. Abide by local laws and respect Thai customs. There may be some disruption of commercial and public services during the mourning period, especially during the first 30 days (until November 13),” the press release read.
It also warned of an increase in security at international airports in Thailand. "The Airport Authority of Thailand recommends that passengers arrive three hours before their scheduled departure time.”