Move over Gold Coast: these are the hottest new schoolies destinations

NISEKO, JAPAN - DECEMBER 22, 2017 : Aerial view at dusk of night skiing in Niseko Village. Niseko is a popular destination for ski resorts in Japan

This month, high school students have begun flocking to book their travel for December’s end-of-school trips.

You know, that big holiday at the end of year twelve where everyone drinks to excess in an attempt to forget the struggles of being a high school student?


According to Unleashed travel – Australia’s leading provider of overseas travel packages for school leavers – some have even begun booking for 2019 with 2000 of its packages being snapped up in the first 15 minutes of their release to the public.

Unleashed Grad Trip’s booking figures show bookings for Fiji are already up 45 per cent compared with 2018 and Unleashed has had to add additional capacity for 150 school-leavers for its Europe trip.

Not only has Grad Trip Fiji seen exponential growth, but Unleashed’s Grad Trip to Europe more than doubled in capacity last year and Vanuatu Grad Trip sold out.

This has led Unleashed Grad Trip to increase its volunteer projects abroad. Since establishing their Cambodia Volunteer package in 2011, Unleashed’s figures have revealed an increased interest in cultural exchange programs, stemming from the desire of school-leavers wanting to give back to the community.

The need for more variety in travel destinations, coupled with a more adventurous shift in young people’s priorities, saw Unleashed Grad Trip add Japan Ski Trip last year to their array of exclusive packages.

“We pride ourselves on offering school-leavers a variety of graduation trips that tick all the boxes,” Jot Lynas, Unleashed Travel CEO said in a release.

“It is encouraging to see that so many teens, having heard so much negativity about Schoolies adventures to the Gold Coast and Bali, have chosen to experience new cultures and more rewarding destinations.”

“The strong bookings for our 2019 packages are proof of that.”

With bookings for 2018 packages almost sold out, Jot is already forecasting stronger trends for schoolies next year.

“Bookings for 2019 Fiji packages are already up by 45 per cent compared to last year,” says Jot.

Having organised holidays for more than 25,000 school-leavers, Unleashed Travel has compiled its data to reveal the top three school-leaver travel trends for 2019:

Island Hopping with Grad Trip Fiji

Snorkel couple swimming together in tropical sea with follow me composition - Snorkeling tour in exotic diving scenarios - Fun travel concept with active girl underwater - Soft focus due water density

This destination has become a favourite with school leavers due to it’s close proximity to Australia. Fiji has everything a school leaver could ever want; being surrounded by mates experiencing epic parties with international DJ’s, pool parties and daily fun activities such as parasailing, scuba diving, jet skiing and more. Unleashed takes the hassle out of planning with their chartered resorts creating a seamless experience.

Europe tour

Two young girls walking together in Paris taking selfie with mobile phone near Notre-Dame cathedral. Tourism or friendship concept

The Europe tour has begun to show enormous interest among Year 11 students who are already booking their trips for 2019. This has prompted Unleashed Travel to increase its capacity for the Europe Tour package by 150 per cent, and it is looking to increase this even further in 2019. School leavers will be able to immerse themselves in culture with some of the most iconic monuments in the world on offer. Making memories that will last a lifetime in this incredible winter wonderland. Europe is becoming a real option for school-leavers, according to Jot, who says 2019 bookings are already flowing.

Vanuatu Hideaway Island

Hideaway Island Vanuatu

For those school leavers wanting a more adventurous trip, Vanuatu presents the perfect opportunity. It offers a coral paradise with daily snorkel tours, expeditions to the beauty of Cascade Falls as well as parties with international DJ’s. School leavers will experience the wonder of Hideaway with this once in a lifetime opportunity that combines adventure with a unique cultural exchange experience. “There’s a memorable experience to satisfy the most adventurous school-leaver,” says Jot.

Japan Ski Trip

NISEKO, JAPAN - DECEMBER 22, 2017 : Aerial view at dusk of night skiing in Niseko Village. Niseko is a popular destination for ski resorts in Japan

This is Unleashed Grad Trips newest package, launching in 2017. The Japan Ski trip offers the perfect balance of culture and activity. It’s time to shred! Hit the slopes by day and and experience Japanese culture and food once night settles in. Visit snow monkeys in the steaming hot traditional onsens or take a dip after a hard day of tearing up the powder and seeing the unique sights of Japan. This is a truly unique grad experience where a new adventure awaits everyday.

Cambodia Volunteer Trip

Local Students in Cambodia

This destination is a favourite for the school leavers that want to give back to the community. As an Unleashed Grad, they’ll have the opportunity to be working hand-in-hand with local villagers to build a new house for a local family. But it’s not all work and no play. There will be the opportunity to go temple hopping, market shopping, waterfall exploring, food tasting, ziplining, day-tripping and tuk-tuk cruising your way to the Grad Trip of your life!

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    1. “Grad Trip”?? We graduate from University. Only Americans (and perhaps some other countries) “graduate” from high school. Not Australians, we dont need the fake use of the word “graduation”. Even when if you graduate from university, Aussies NEVER abbreviate it to “Grad”. I’m sure it’s the promoters abusing the language here, not the writer of the article.

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