'Mystery breaks' increasingly popular

Mystery trips that people bid for without knowing where the destination is are increasingly popular among holidaymakers, many of whom will take prepaid travel cards with them on their breaks.

This is according to a study of annual global trends compiled by Euromonitor International, which found that this option is popular because of the good value breaks they offer.

Those who win mystery trip auctions often pay significantly less than they normally would for a holiday and they have the added excitement of not knowing the destination, hotel name and supplier.

Aussies who opt to try this kind of break will discuss their preferences with travel specialists, who then reveal the itinerary on a daily basis via smartphone.

Having a travel debit card may be useful while on these breaks as they provide flexibility when paying for products and services overseas.

Earlier this month, Travelzoo general manager for Australia and south-east Asia Brad Gurri asserted that many Aussie leisure travellers are "looking for value" when booking their trips abroad. ADNFCR-1761-ID-801208230-ADNFCR