Merry Christmas from Escape Travel! As 2013 draws to a close, it’s time to reminisce over the year that was. 2013 has been a big year for us, booking and planning literally thousands of holidays for eager Aussie travellers. And it’s been a big year for you, with thousands of Aussies embarking on getaways all over the world. From cities across the globe to beaches in our own backyard, it seems that you’ve been enjoying fantastic family holidays.
We were curious to see what the top ten most popular destinations were for 2013, as chosen by you. The results were too good to keep to ourselves, so here’s the countdown from ten to one.
The always popular Indonesian island, beautiful Bali comes in at number ten. It seems you love the stunning beaches and fascinating culture of Bali too much to stay away. Whether it’s meeting the cheeky residents of the Sacred Monkey Forest, admiring the impressive coastal temples or scuba diving in Tulamben Bay, Bali remains a firm family favourite.
One of our very own, Sydney is number nine on your most visited list for 2013. Our biggest and perhaps most vibrant city, is becoming a popular hub for families to enjoy a big city break. Of course this city offers the best of both worlds with proximity to some of the best beaches on the east coast. Families also love Taronga Zoo and the Sydney Aquarium.
The endless possibilities of Europe have popped this destination in at number eight. We can reveal that you are visiting the gems of Europe more than ever. Whether it’s the hearing the chimes of Big Ben in London, shopping on Champs-Elysees Avenue in Paris or feasting on authentic Italian pizza in Naples, there’s no doubt Europe has captivated us all.
One of Queensland’s most idyllic gems, the Whitsundays have shot up the list to number seven. And what’s not to love? Pristine beaches with emerald waters and silky white sand beckon us all to enjoy a relaxing island getaway. On the doorstep to our very own underwater wonderland, the Great Barrier Reef makes the Whitsundays irresistible.
Well it appears you just can’t get enough of beach breaks, with the Cook Islands coming in at number six. A peaceful oasis in the South Pacific, the Cook Islands are renowned for their incredible natural beauty. Sip a cocktail by the pool, sample sumptuous seafood or enjoy a serene lagoon cruise, the Cook Islands are perfect for a rejuvenating escape.
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Another of our amazing cities has made it on the list, with Melbourne sitting tall at number five. Our very own fashion capital, Melbourne is a shopper’s paradise. Also famed for its quirky cafes and thriving restaurant scene, this creative city is the perfect place to shop til you drop while being tempted by a surprising array of good food at every turn.
The fourth most visited destination in 2013 is Mauritius. A picturesque island in the Indian Ocean, Mauritius is often considered a haven for honeymooners. Boasting impeccable beaches, spectacular mountainous scenery and coral reefs teeming with marine life, you really can’t go wrong with this exotic destination.
We are back in Queensland for number three, with the Gold Coast taking one of the top spots for 2013. It really is no surprise when we think of all the Gold Coast has to offer. Surf, sand and sun is well and truly covered with the bounty of world class beaches, but add to that the shopping, dining and fast paced theme parks and you have a well rounded winner.
Coming in at number two we have one of our closest island neighbours, Fiji. A stunning archipelago in the South Pacific, Fiji has become a sought after destination. Palm lined shores beckon travellers to relax and unwind in this peaceful paradise. Excellent kid friendly resorts in Fiji are a plenty, making it ideal for Aussie families.
Proudly sitting in the number one spot, it seems you can’t keep away from Thailand’s idyllic island. Phuket is our most visited destination for 2013. Perhaps it’s the sun drenched beaches, the rich Thai culture or the sumptuous Thai cuisine. However you spend your days, it seems Phuket has well and truly taken your hearts. Nicknamed the Land of Smiles, we know that the friendly Thai locals will welcome you back again and again.
We look forward to seeing where 2014 will take you.
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