Australians would much rather travel alongside someone with bad body odour than parents with crying kids, research shows.

More than 40 per cent of travellers ranked neglectful parents and their wailing children the number one flight horror, according to a survey by online travel agent Zuji Australia, ahead of those who neglected to shower (20 per cent).

Other top-ranked nightmare travel neighbours included non-stop talkers and arm-rest hoggers.

But the prospect of sitting next to a stinker or sulker on a plane is not enough to deter Australians from visiting family at Christmas time.


More than 75 per cent of Aussies will be catching up with relatives in the coming few weeks, with some 40 per cent planning to travel interstate or internationally to be close to their loved ones.

"(But) a similar number said they would prefer to book a hotel room rather than shack up with the rellies during their visit," Zuji Australia's James Gaskell said, adding the holiday season tends to also bring out "our inner Grinch".

The survey of more than 2000 people also found that 70 per cent of Australians prefer a sunny Christmas over a white one.