Skyscanner has revealed the top 10 destinations Australians are likely to visit in 2015, based on analysis from its flight search data over the past three years.
It appears Aussies have plucked up the courage to travel further afield than Bali and will be skipping London in favour for other European hotspots in a bid to immerse themselves in local cultures and a bit of luxury in exotic locales.
Off the back of hosting big ticket events in 2014, Central and South America hit fever pitch with three countries making the top 10 list.
Nicaragua narrowly beats Brazil in popularity, with a 48% increase in flight searches compared to Brazil’s 45% increase. Panama comes in third with a 10% increase in searches from Australia.
Closer to home, Skyscanner’s data shows the hottest destinations next year will be Myanmar (59% search increase), Okinawa (26% search increase) and Colombo, Sri Lanka (19% search increase).
The popularity of Game of Thrones could be behind the reason Iceland has jumped up the ladder, reporting an increase of 32% in flight searches from Australia.
The predictions are also combined with qualitative research carried out by futurology companies, The Future Laboratory and Trendhunter, to provide additional insight on consumer trends and influences.
Top 10 destinations for 2015:
6. New Caledonia
7. Seoul, South Korea
8. Colombo, Sri Lanka
10. Okinawa, Japan
“Skyscanner’s more than 30 million searches to the site every month worldwide means we can predict with some confidence the kind of travel trends we’ll see in 2015. We have also conducted further research looking at other factors that stimulate interest in a destination, like festivals, new hotels and infrastructure improvements. The result is a robust picture of the hottest destinations for Aussies next year and hopefully something to inspire travellers around the country,” Skyscanner’s Dave Boyte said.
Skyscanner has created travel guides to each of the hot destinations available here.