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Posted on Friday 29 June 2012 in Malaysia
If Aussie travellers are interested in taking trips overseas, they do not necessarily have book a long trip. According to a survey by My Holiday Centre, more Australians are considering short breaks abroad rather than the traditional long excursion.
Quality over quantity has become the norm for many Aussies booking their holidays. For instance, individuals who used to spend a long amount of time in Asia are now reserving more five-star hotels for long weekends, indulging in luxury travel expeditions instead of extended budget holidays. Of all the travellers surveyed, roughly 57 per cent said they will be taking a short break at some point in the upcoming year, heading to popular destinations like Bali, Indonesia, and Malaysia.
"A record number of holidaymakers have already capitalised on the strong Australian dollar, and destinations that offer quality, value and exceptional holiday experiences will continue to fuel our appetite for a regular overseas adventure for the remainder of 2012 and beyond," said Randall Deer, travel consultant for My Holiday Centre.
Some experts say these trends are occurring because of the favourable Australian dollar, which can help tourists get more bang for their buck when visiting certain locales overseas. While some travellers will use this perk to save for additional holidays throughout the year, it may cause others to upgrade their flights, accommodations or touring packages to include more lavish amenities or services they previously thought was impossible.
"The standard holiday everyone was chasing last year has received an upgrade, with travellers learning that the lowest price on offer does not necessarily equate to a great holiday outcome," said Deer.
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If finding wallet-friendly deals or inexpensive upgrades is top of the priority list, Aussies still have plenty of options for their holidays that can be memorable, affordable and fun. Thailand remains a popular choice among tourists who want to save and still see some exotic attractions and sample eccentric cuisine for a fraction of what it costs Down Under. Sri Lanka's currency exchange has also grown exponentially in Australian's favour over the last few years, which mean travellers can book spa treatment and upscale hotels without hurting their budget.
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