New hotline launched for homesick aussies

New hotline for homesick aussies

Homesick Aussies can now get a taste of home

Got to hand it to Travel Insurance Direct with a new hotline launched for homesick Aussies.

The hotline got a ton of free advertising for them and provides a valuable service (OK that’s a little questionable!) for Aussies missing home whilst travelling overseas.

While it doesn’t involve talking to a call centre agent, it is using some call centre technology and we thought it was a pretty nifty idea.

So if you’d like to listen to the sounds of Bondi or the Centrelink hold music to name a couple, then home is now only a call (or click) away.

TID Homesick Hotline for Aussies

We’ve had the inkling for a while now that more and more of us are choosing to travel solo.

That hunch has been confirmed by a survey we’ve just conducted among Aussies, with 69% of respondents have or would consider going it alone.

The driving force for travelling alone, said the respondents, was getting out of their comfort zones, as well as avoiding drama that could be created by travelling with a companion.

You know, the travel pal they mean, the “Nah, I don’t want to go there” and “I’ll be ready in 5 minutes” type.

The benefits are obvious, but there’s one major drawback….travelling alone can lead to loneliness or homesickness which can impact even the best of trips.

That’s why the hotline launched for homesick Aussies – we wanted them to feel close to the things they love about home, wherever they are in the world.

All you have to do is jump on your phone and dial 1800STRAYA and you’ll be instantly reminded of some of the iconic Australian sounds that you love, and maybe don’t quite love.

The nine sounds include:

  1. Sounds of the waves crashing at Bondi Beach
  2. Sounds of the Aussie Bush
  3. The Roar of the crowd at the MCG
  4. Waltzing Matilda played on a Gumleaf
  5. Woken up by Cockatoo’s
  6. Being on-hold with Centrelink indefinitely
  7. Your neighbour filling his wheelie bin with empties
  8. Sydney nightlife on the weekend
  9. Victor mower starting up.

In a couple of minutes, we’ll banish that homesickness and have you back on your way to enjoy the rest of your trip.

And one other thing our survey revealed: The rise in solo travel also sees many Australian’s seeking to ‘live like a local’ with 15% of respondents admitting to using dating apps to meet natives of their holiday destination.

When living like a local, 32% want to expand their international friendship circle and 13% actively seek a holiday romance. 12% want to add to their ‘selfie’ library, perhaps because on a solo travel trip there is no companion to take the photo for you!

Editors update: The 1800STRAYA number is no longer operational however if you’d like to hear the sounds of Australia online just head to the Travel Insurance Direct website.

Recommended further reading: New phone scam hits Australia – how to avoid it

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