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When it comes to what really annoys us on holidays, tipping troubles and rude locals don’t push Australian travelers’ buttons quite as much as unpacking and doing the laundry when we get home.

That’s the finding from the How are you travelling? survey by Australia’s favorite online travel destination Wotif.com, which surveyed more than 6,900 Australians.

Wotif.com spokesperson Kirsty La Bruniy said coming back from holidays to domestic chores was an annoying reality check, with more than one in four travelers revealing that emptying the suitcase and doing the laundry was their top travel gripe.

“Often the most annoying part of going on a holiday isn’t the delays and travel mishaps you may encounter along the way, but returning and spending the day unpacking and doing loads of washing,” Ms. La Bruniy said.

“Doing the laundry was higher on the travel annoyance radar than having to tip (12.8%), rude locals (10.9%), paying to use toilets (10.5%) and language barriers (5.2%).

Ms. La Bruniy said returning travelers could use a few coming home tactics to combat the post-holiday blues and help make getting back into the daily grind more bearable.

“When I get back I’m always thinking about what’s next, so a good tip is to book a weekend away before you leave for your holiday so you have something to look forward to when you return.

“To make the holiday feeling last longer I also try and cook some of my favorite holiday dishes and also change the wines I drink to the selection I discovered on my adventures.

“And if you really want to avoid getting into a spin with the post-holiday laundry, it can pay to take advantage of the hotel’s laundry service before you return.”

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