In Friday’s post about Cycling in Brisbane I mentioned that I was away on holiday with Mrs Bob and daughter Elizabeth; we spent the week in Singapore.
Of course, this website is about life in Australia so I am not going to tell you too much about what Singapore was like, except that it does have an awful lot of very tall buildings…
What is worth talking about though and of great interest to anyone considering moving to Australia is where do Australians go for their holidays?
I’ve been here for over six years now and my recent break in another country is only the second time I have left Australia for a vacation.
In October 2011 I spent 10 days in Thailand as you will know if you read my post called What is Wrong With BobinOz? I followed that up with Why Most Australians Holiday in Australia a few days later when I guessed at the top three foreign holiday destinations for Aussies, which I felt would be New Zealand, Bali and Thailand.
But where do Australians really go when they want to go abroad?
I decided to do some research and quickly came across an excellent article in The Guardian from December last year in which they listed the top international destinations for Australians in 2013.
The top 10 international holiday destinations for Australians:
- New Zealand
- United Kingdom
- Other Europe
They didn’t just list the top 10 though, their list had 28 destinations in all and much more, including how each country’s popularity has changed since 2000, all wrapped up in a smart info graphic. If you want to know more about how Australians travel abroad for their holidays, I suggest you check out the full article for yourself, it’s called How Australians holiday.
International travel from Australia
When we lived in the UK we used to have at least one international holiday each year, sometimes two or three. That may sound a lot, but we used to routinely pay £50 (about $90 AUD) or less per ticket to travel to quite a number of European destinations.
There is no denying it; it’s harder and more expensive to travel abroad from Australia than it is from the UK, Europe and probably many other countries around the world. If you, like us, enjoy foreign travel, then this will be a downside of moving to Australia.
As big and as beautiful as this country is, there will always be a need to escape now and then to get away from the monopoly of Coles and Woolworths and to enjoy other cultures. I’ve only managed to holiday abroad once every three years so far, but I have enjoyed many domestic holidays here to check out a good number of Australia’s other cities and towns.
I’ve never much been one for going back to the same place, so naturally my options will slowly reduce. I may have to consider upping my rate of one international holiday every three years, so I reckon I’ll be bookmarking this post for myself; I think the very long list of popular destinations is going to be quite handy.
Do you like to travel abroad?
Wherever you live, I’d like to hear which places are popular destinations for your holidays? What about those of you who live in the USA, where do you go for your holidays? Or Australians, whether born and bred or recent arrivals, what do you do for your holidays?
Please let me know in the comments below…