People everywhere love to travel, because it presents a great opportunity to see new places, experience new cultures and cuisines, and discover as much about yourself as you do about the people and places you’re visiting. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration, in fact, to state that traveling is one of the greatest delights that life has to offer! Australians, throughout their nation’s short history, have made ample use of that knowledge, consistently being ranked as one of the world’s most well-traveled people. While Europe and North America are historically the two most hotly-desired overseas destinations for Aussies (excluding its next-door neighbors like New Zealand and Indonesia, of course), Australians are increasingly diversifying their travel options and itineraries.
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So, in the year 2013, where should Aussies travel for their holidays? If they’re looking to do so at bargain rates, this information graphic is the perfect resource to consider. By comparing the Australian dollar’s value relative to the native currency of every country on Earth, Expedia put together this list of the top 5 best value holiday destinations for Australians this year. By looking at which countries and currencies the Aussie dollar gained the most value against over the past year, they were able to narrow it down to 5 highly-desirable destinations. The choices are:
Japan – The Land of the Rising Sun is known for being a very expensive place to visit, but the Aussie dollar’s recent gains against the Yen have made it increasingly affordable for Australian visitors. The bustling streets of Tokyo and the other Japanese megacities are an incredible experience in their own right, while the solemn Mount Fuji offers a more nature-oriented retreat.
Brazil – This rising economic powerhouse in the heart of Latin America is unique in many ways, including being the largest Portuguese-speaking country on Earth. From the sweltering jungles to the sexy beaches, Brazil offers something for everyone, from families and businesspeople to backpackers and seniors.
South Africa – Ever since it hosted the World Cup a few years ago, South Africa has become increasingly popular as a tourist destination. Spanning several distinct geographical areas, South Africa offers everything from sandy beaches to rolling hills and wildlife reserves. Those with more epicurean tastes will feel right at home in the major metropolitan centers like Johannesburg.
Indonesia – While the Indonesian resort city of Bali has long been a popular destination for Australian travelers, the rest of the country is becoming increasingly appealing as well, as travelers seek to find new places off the beaten path. Jakarta offers visitors all the amenities of a world class city, while the rest of this fine archipelago boasts everything from sandy beaches to lush jungles and adventurous port cities.
Argentina – Long considered the most affluent country in South America, the Aussie dollar’s strong performance has also made Argentina increasingly affordable to visit. Buenos Aires, the capital, is a great starting point, but this vast country has much more to share, from glorious wine-making estates to mountains, rivers, and forests.
Wherever you decide to take your next vacation, be sure to plan properly and enjoy yourself. Bon Voyage!