The international destinations trending for schoolies
Unsurprisingly, Bali tops the list but who else made the cut?
The term "schoolies" might be synonymous with parties on the Gold Coast, but more and more 17-18 year olds are now opting to travel internationally for their post-exam celebration.
With its party vibe, cheap stays and drinks as well as budget flights that can dip as low as $129 return, Bali has fast become the international alternative to the Gold Coast. In fact, according to Allianz Travel, from 2015-2016, there was a 63% increase in school-leavers taking off to the island for schoolies alone.
And while Bali still remains at the top of that international travel list, other destinations welcoming schoolies this year are a lot less predictable.
Analysis of travel insurance quotes taken out by 17 and 18 year olds on finder.com.au between November and January showed that, aside from Asia, Europe is the place to be for schoolies with UK, France and Germany all making the top 10, accounting for 27% of schoolies travellers.
It's an odd decision, considering that during these months, the climate in Europe is the polar opposite to the Gold Coast or Bali, with winter and the chance of snow being on the weather report. Perhaps it's the off-peak fares or maybe it's the extensive three-month holiday period that's opening up this option to school leavers. Whatever the case, it's not just nearby sunshine-filled destinations on school leavers' lists anymore.
Other cities rounding out the top 10 included the US and Canada, coming in at 2nd and 8th place, respectively. Both, again, offering a wintry, off-peak holiday break. For sun seekers, South East Asia accounted for 24% of schoolies travellers with the most popular countries being Japan, Thailand and the Philippines.
New Zealand also made its mark on the list, though it came in at a humble 9th place.
Top 10 overseas countries for schoolies travellers:
- Indonesia (Bali)
- United States
- New Zealand