How to get the most from your online shopping trip, says travel expert

A recent survey by travel consultancy The Travel Industry Institute found that about 50 per cent of online shoppers surveyed would rather buy online than travel.

This is despite the fact that online shopping is generally cheaper than travelling by car, and the average price for a two-hour car journey is $5.16.

The average cost for a single-day trip in Australia is about $1,100.

But the average cost of a day trip by car in Australia has been $3,600, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Online shoppers would also rather buy groceries, petrol, and clothes at supermarkets, according the survey, which surveyed nearly 4,000 Australians aged between 18 and 64.

The survey also revealed that the average shopper spends more time on social media than on their shopping trips, with a third of respondents spending more than 30 minutes on social networking sites.

The majority of shoppers are also happy with the way they spend their time online, with the average spend per visit in Australia falling from $10.40 in 2011 to $6.50 in 2016.

A total of $9.6 billion was spent online in Australia in 2016, according on the Australian Consumer Law Centre.

The research also revealed online shoppers spend more time than those travelling by road.

Online shopper visits on public transport rose by 3 per cent between 2012 and 2016, but the majority of the increase was due to more people choosing to book flights instead of driving.

The study also found that Australians who use their smartphone more than three times a week spent $1.2 billion on travel in 2016-17.