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Aussie travellers are now planning their trips further in advance

Now that regular travel patterns have resumed, new research from Webjet shows the most popular destinations are largely close to home.

Auckland leads the way in destinations Australians will flock to in 2024.

It would seem our love for our Kiwi cousins shows no signs of abating with three New Zealand destinations featured on a list of travel hot spots, according to new data from Webjet.

A study conducted by the online travel giant has revealed Aussie interest in international and trans-Tasman travel has jumped this year, now collectively accounting for 17 percent of all bookings compared to 11 percent in 2022.

Demand for international trips is rising with Aussies booking further ahead yet opting to be more efficient with their time by packing more into shorter trips.

The data shows Aussies are booking significantly further in advance with an average international booking lead time of 81 days in 2023, compared to 53 days in 2022 (a 153 per cent increase).

We are also shaving 10 per cent off the length of our trips with an 18-day average for international trips and nine days for trans-Tasman in 2023, down from 20 and 10 respectively in 2022. 

Looking ahead to 2024, Aussies are already pinning down their travel plans in advance, with bookings for next year up 57 per cent compared to equivalent periods last year.

According to Webjet, the top 10 destinations for travelling Aussies are:

  1. Auckland
  2. Bali
  3. London
  4. Queenstown
  5. Christchurch
  6. Fiji
  7. Tokyo
  8. Bangkok
  9. Singapore
  10. Manila

Interestingly, no North American destinations are featured on the top 10 list.

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Written by: Jon Underwood
Published: 16 October 2023

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