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Top 20 budget destinations for Aussies in 2020

Southeast Asia and southern Europe have dominated a list of the top travel spots for Australians to visit on a shoestring next year.

Based on its 2019 booking data, hostel-focused travel site Hostelworld named Siargao Island as the number one “key destination” for Aussies in 2020. 


Siargao, Philippines


Experiencing triple digit growth (109%) over the past 12 months, the Philippines’ surfing capital edged La Spezia (Italy), Phong Nha (Vietnam), Shkoder (Albania) and fellow Filipino hotspot Coron to the honour. 


European destinations Catania (Italy), Palma de Mallorca (Spain), Tirana (Albania), Ericeira (Portugal) and Palmero (Italy) rounded out the top ten spots for Australian budget travellers.


One Aussie destination made the 2020 list, with Broome replacing Sydney at 20th on the back of a 4% annual rise in bookings. 


Hostelworld’s recent Evolution of the Hostel Traveller report found that one in three (33%) travellers expect once-in-a-lifetime experiences through travel, which might explain the growing prevalence of less worn routes on the list. 


Phong Nha, Vietnam


However, despite the decline in tried and tested destinations generally, the inclusion of places like Canggu and Gili Trawangan (both Indonesia), and Ibiza (Spain), which all experienced year-on-year growth in bookings (10%, 4% and 8% respectively), show that many shoestring travellers still want to stick with what they know.


Hostelworld’s Top 20 Destinations for 2020 based on Australian customer booking data between 2018 and 2019:

1. Siargao Island, Philippines

2. La Spezia, Italy

3. Phong Nha, Vietnam

4. Shkoder, Albania

5. Coron, Philippines

6. Catania, Italy

7. Palma de Mallorca, Spain

8. Tirana, Albania

9. Ericeira, Portugal

10. Palmero, Italy

11. Ninh Binh, Vietnam

12. Canggu, Indonesia

13. Jasper, Canada

14. Taromina, Italy

15. Ibiza, Spain

16. Corfu, Greece

17. Verona, Italy

18. Turin, Italy

19. Gili Trawangan, Indonesia

20. Broome, Australia


What do you think of this list? Are there any budget destinations you’ve seen grow in popularity recently?



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Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 22 November 2019

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