Why Most Australians Holiday in Australia.

Ok, enough of this BobinThailand stuff; I’m back in Oz now. Time to start talking about life in Australia again.

But before I do, it would be rude of me to not at least mention that we all had a fantastic time in Phuket. I clearly had some concerns about the weather before I left, but Thailand’s situation turned out to be uncannily similar to Australia’s at the beginning of the year.

Flooding there has been heavy in the north until it eventually affected the capital, Bangkok. Same happened here in Queensland, resulting in the flooding of our capital, Brisbane.

But in Phuket, which is south, the weather was actually quite good, just as it was here in South Australia during the floods.

James Bond Island

A pic from our boat trip.

Rather sensibly, we cancelled our one day stopover in Bangkok and were grateful that the international airport was not affected. As I understand it, the domestic airport was flooded.

But anyway, as I said, I’m back to talking about Australia again and in particular….

Why Most Australians Holiday in Australia.

I don’t know that they do for certain, I’m guessing. I haven’t done any research, I’m too tired.

The Top Three Foreign Holiday Destinations for Australians.

  1. New Zealand.
  2. Bali.
  3. Thailand.

I don’t know that those are the top three for certain, I’m guessing. I haven’t done the research, I’m too tired.

But I’m guessing those are the top three because they are probably the closest, in that order. Although again, I can’t be certain, because I haven’t done the research. I’m too tired.

Why am I too tired?

Because yesterday, at five o’clock in the evening (Thailand time) I left my hotel to go to the airport. I caught a plane which got me to Bangkok by 10 PM. By midnight I was on a second aeroplane destined for Brisbane.

It arrived at 11:15 AM Brisbane time, three quarters of an hour ahead of schedule thanks to a strong tailwind. Yikes man, on occasions we were hitting speeds of 1,000 km/h! That’s 625 mph in my old language.

I know all this because, as is usual for me, I didn’t sleep on the aeroplane.

It is now approaching 9 PM.

Brisbane is three hours ahead of Bangkok. So door to door, including the drive from the airport to my home, I’ve been travelling for 17 hours AND I’ve missed out on a whole night’s sleep.

That is why I’m tired. And that’s why I think most Australians holiday in Australia. It’s just too far to travel to anywhere else.

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  • moom November 7, 2011, 9:31 pm | Link

    Yeah that’s probably true with NZ, Bali, and places like Fiji soon after that. But Australia is 3/4 the size of Europe (including Russian Europe). But those of us who do travel a lot overseas are used to it. If I just wanted to go on holiday I certainly wouldn’t go further than Thailand. But there is business and family etc. that takes me further and then I do some vacation time too.

    • BobinOz November 7, 2011, 10:05 pm | Link

      Oh yeah, I forgot about Fiji, but isn’t it just one big beach? We’ve got plenty of that here.

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