Destinations

Where the bloody hell were you?

Hannah Edensor

Nothing beats a change of scenery, even if it’s just a step away from the office computer, and Aussies are big fans of the trend.

Quick getaways are fast becoming the holiday of choice for many Aussies on long weekends, with last year, almost 50% of Australian travellers 14 and over taking at least one short domestic trip of one or two nights.

Most of these sneaky getaway-ers stayed in their own state, with rural destinations proving most popular among both the city and country folk.

Roy Morgan Research is behind these recent findings, which showed Melburnians in particular were the most likely to scoot off on a short break to regional destinations (37%), with Brissy friends right behind them at 36%.

Roy Morgan’s ceo Michele Levine said short breaks work best when you don’t have to travel far.

“If you’ve only got a couple of nights to spare, then it’s generally preferable not to spend too much of that time in transit,” she said.

But at the other end of the holiday spectrum, Skyscanner has propped up a few research stats of their own, suggesting Aussies flung themselves far outside of their own state over the recent Easter break.

According to its latest findings, there was a whopping 97% increase in those looking to travel over the Easter break compared to last year, with the top cities including London, Bali and Los Angeles.

“Aussies are well known all around the globe for their adventurous travel spirit and it’s great to see this hasn’t been stifled by the weakening dollar,” Skyscanner’s Oceania head of marketing Alana Saphin-Polchleb said.

Skyscanner users from New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria and South Australia chose London as their destination of choice this April, while users from Western Australia kept to Bali.

 Sydney still featured in the top five for Easter getaways, coming in just off the podium at number four, ahead of pretty old Paris.

“Australian travellers are becoming more adept at knowing how to find the best travel deals, both at home and abroad,” Saphin-Polchleb added.

“By sorting through global coverage of flights as well as hotel bookings and car hire options, planning overseas travel becomes a much less daunting experience.”

But of course, the final word comes down to you, the travel agents. So tell us:

Where were your clients travelling over Easter?

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One response to “Where the bloody hell were you?”

  1. I totally advocate the short break to restore sanity! Unfortunately, I find many short breaks are aimed at couples and not families, not least when it comes to price. Every school holidays, I take my 2 children away for a night or 2. These school holidays, they wanted to stay in Melbourne’s CBD. And a buffet breakfast was a must. Amazingly, one of the major booking websites I was using for research offered up almost 40 properties with breakfast included for 2 adults – but when I added a child to the search, this breakfast option totally disappeared. We ended up staying in Creswick, in country Victoria, in a room with a spa bath, with full buffet breakfast for all of us for just under $200 and had a wonderful time. And the autumn leaves at this time of year are absolutely stunning.

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