Some places are so good that we just can't resist going back for more. We've done a bit of digging to find out exactly where Aussies can’t seem to get enough of. Here's a glimpse at the top 10 destinations that Australians have grown to love and return to year on year. Expect a few surprising inclusions.
With more than 7,000 islands, it’s no wonder Australians can’t get enough of the Philippines. But it’s not just the countries pristine beaches that see us returning year on year; the array of outdoor activities and unique culture is unlike many of the neighbouring Southeast Asian countries and makes for a winning combination. Plus, with more than 7,000 islands to visit the Philippines makes it almost impossible to have the same experience twice, though beachside relaxation, stunning sunsets and deliciously fresh seafood are always on the cards.
Rich in culture and history, Italy is the ultimate European holiday destination and Australians can’t help but revisit time and time again. Whether it’s for a romantic gondola ride in Venice, to experience the rich history of Rome, dine on the finest pizza the world has to offer in Naples, explore the Amalfi Coast, experience the charming Cinque Terre or explore the vineyards and small towns of Tuscany; Italy has something for everyone no matter how many times you visit. With one of Europe’s major cruise ship ports on Rome’s doorstep at Civitacecchia, the popularity of cruising has also helped Australia’s love affair with Italy.
It’s easy to see why Escape Travel customers keep returning. The French country stranded on one of the world’s largest lagoons is a unique destination that boasts the glamour of France paired with the hospitality of the South Pacific. Steeped in French colonial history yet with the beach vibe and culture of an exotic paradise, its proximity to Australian soil is an added bonus.
Australia’s cousin in the northern hemisphere, Canada is considered a second home to many Australian travellers who continue to visit for the country’s diverse landscape no matter the season. Whether it’s for the annual ski holiday, to explore the Rocky Mountains in summer or winter, enjoy wildlife spotting for moose, polar or grizzly bears or whales, discover national parks, lakes and harbours or soak up the countries diverse culture from a touch of France in Montreal to the Celtic traditions in Newfoundland and the diverse and modern Vancouver; Canada is the world’s second-biggest country spread across six time zones meaning visiting just once is never enough.
Bali is without a doubt one of the best places in Asia for Australians to escape for a quickie holiday and it’s no real surprise that we keep going back. Whether it’s for an extra-long weekend or a two week holiday, Bali has got everything we Aussies could hope for; great beaches, pristine natural beauty, smiling and friendly people and a peaceful and loving culture.
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Thailand radiates a golden hue on all those who step foot on its shores and Australians can’t get enough of everything the country has to offer. Be it shopping in bustling Bangkok, relaxing on the beaches of Phuket, island hopping in Krabi or discovering the authentic Thailand in traditional Chiang Mai; Thailand has it all. Australians continue to revisit largely due to the country’s ability to encourage travellers to refresh and relax not just because of the tropical surrounds, but to devour its deliciously fragrant, warm and refreshing cuisine and to absorb a culture that is rich in history and is evident wherever you visit.
A rise in Australians embarking on river cruises has put Hungary on the map for a new breed of Australian travellers. Cruising along the Danube River, Europe’s second longest river, means travellers get to experience the Heart of Hungary’s Budapest and we have definitely fallen in love with the magical city. Whether it’s winter or summer, Hungary is a rising destination for Australians who keep returning thanks to the appeal of a river cruise.
Home to a diverse range of island activities, some of the most authentic cultural experiences in the South Pacific and great for those who enjoy being a bit more adventurous; Vanuatu is the perfect overseas island getaway and Australians know it. Great for the entire family as well, Australians continue to return to Vanuatu thanks to its affordability and plenty of activities to make for a great holiday time and time again.
Whether it’s the East Coast or the West, cruising down Route 66, putting it all on red or black in Las Vegas, exploring national parks or devouring delicious soul food in the south; Australians’ love affair with America shows no sign of stopping anytime soon. Typically always sitting high on Australian travellers’ lists, once you get a taste for the states travellers almost always find themselves planning their next trip before they’ve finished their first.
The home of happiness in the South Pacific, Fiji is a tropical paradise that has been a favourite holiday destination for Australian travellers for more than 40 years. Many travellers who visited as singles or couples will return with their families and many families will return year on year thanks to the relatively short travel time from our shores and the unlimited options of islands, resorts and holiday styles and the alluring concept of “Fiji time”.
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