More travellers are heading overseas for schoolies
Getting your wallet stolen by a monkey is an Australian rite of passage.
School leavers are increasingly heading overseas for schoolies, rather than just heading to the usual spots like the Gold Coast. Indonesia in particular is one of the hottest destinations, and between 2015-2016 there was a whopping 63% increase in the number of school-leavers travellers heading off to Bali for schoolies, according to Allianz Travel.
It's not hard to see why.
Plane tickets can go for around $150-$200 return, so depending on where you're departing it can be even cheaper than flying to Queensland, and much quicker than driving.
Plus, the surge in travellers to the Gold Coast and other classic schoolies spots also drives the cost of accommodation and flights way up. Around schoolies time, heading slightly off the beaten path might get you a lot more for a lot less.
If you're looking for ideas, you should probably check out 10 countries like Bali (and how much it costs to fly and stay there). Anyone going off to schoolies, or otherwise unlucky enough to be holidaying during schoolies time, might be able to get a great trip, cheaper than schoolies prices, at any of them.
If there's a downside, other than perhaps spending longer on a place, it's that going internationally means you'll need to pick up travel insurance before you do.
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