Aussies still keen to get away from it all

Household incomes may be stretched to the limit, but many Aussies will still find enough cash to take a holiday this year.

More people have been keeping a tighter hold on their debit cards of late, as the rising cost of living continues to outpace wage increases down under.

However, new figures compiled by Roy Morgan Research showed that in the May 2012 quarter, 68 per cent of Australians said they intended to take some time out at some point in the next 12 months.

With budgets being restricted, 55 per cent suggested that they would visit another part of the country rather than head aboard, while just nine per cent stated their intention to travel overseas.

"Holiday intention for May 2012 quarter is up slightly compared to the same time last year but well below the historic high of 72 per cent in January 2012," commented international director of tourism, travel and leisure at Roy Morgan Research Jane Ianniello.

She also noted that this figure may rise because of interest rate cuts made in June.

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