We ‘Strayans love getting outta our big old sunburnt country girt by sea.
Lapping up the European summer, escaping to Bali to escape the Melbourne winter and going on a hot dog tour of America are some of your classic trips.
But according to Flight Centre‘s annual Turner Report, which offers an in-depth look into the travel patterns of Australians, we’re branching out from these surefire destinations are trying places a little different and unusual.
New Caledonia as the No. 1 emerging destination among the company’s Australian customers, with 42 per cent growth in bookings last year. It’s not hard to see why when you consider the fact it’s just a short 2 hour flight from Brissy, and it looks like this:
Last year Expedia named New Caledonia one of the best value-for-money alternatives to Bali. Stunning beaches, heaps of French cuisine and the world’s largest enclosed lagoon, the Le Parc Naturel de la Mer de Corail, are just some of the main draw cards of the island paradise.
It’s followed closely by Japan (up 18%) and Vanuatu (up 17%), both of which are considered serious growth destinations.
The fastest-growing destinations domestically are Uluru, the Sunshine Coast and Cairns.
The report also detailed the fact that Australian travel had more than doubled in the past decade – most likely due to air travel becoming cheaper and holiday destinations looks so damn irresistible on Instagram.
Photo: @unepetiteparenthese / Instagram.