Where are Australians travelling over Easter?

Cristal Dyer 23 March 2018 NEWS

Trending destinations for the holidays, according to the experts.

Easter means different things to everyone but one thing that’s common amongst all Aussies is the love of a long weekend.

If you're choosing to make the most of the Easter break this year by hightailing it outta here, you're not the only ones. According to Expedia, 50% of Australians have submitted leave around the Good Friday, Easter Monday and ANZAC Day public holiday period.

Most will be staying local (35%) however 15% have made plans to cross waters overseas.

If you're one of those flying internationally, you're in good company. According to Allianz, there's been a noticeable upward trend for international travel versus domestic holidays this Easter.

The travel insurance company found that the number of customers taking out a policy for overseas trips during Easter rose by 37% between 2015 and 2017 while there has been a 33% decrease in domestic travel insurance policies.

Based on its findings, travellers have been choosing to escape to New Zealand, which seems to be a hot favourite over the last three years.

For those looking for destinations a bit further afield, Singapore, Fiji and Bali are on the rise suggesting that we are seeking a warmer climate instead of the cooler autumn temperatures waiting for us at home.

To get a better idea of where Aussies are planning to travel this Easter we got some help from Hostelworld, the world’s largest hostel booking site and Kayak, the online travel search engine.

After crunching the numbers for us, Hostelworld provided us with the top countries for Australian travellers over the Easter break and Kayak has a roundup of the most searched destinations.

Rank Hostelworld Kayak
1 Australia Bali
2 Japan Tokyo
3 USA London
4 Spain Los Angeles
5 England Bangkok
6 Italy Melbourne
7 New Zealand Auckland
8 Scotland Sydney
9 Germany Singapore
10 Ireland Phuket

There's definitely some similarity in the data showing that domestic travel is still high on our agendas featuring two cities in Kayak’s list and topping the charts with Hostelworld.

Kayak’s roundup reveals Bali holding onto the top spot, experiencing a 25% year-on-year search increase. The results match with last year’s data of trending destinations that also included Tokyo, Los Angeles, London and Bangkok.

We're always looking for the next big location and Kayak figured out the top five trending destinations for getaways over the Easter long weekend.

Sydney topped the list as a popular go-to for Easter escapes after seeing the biggest increase in flight searches (+130% year-on-year), closely followed by the Gold Coast (+105% year-on-year), and Tel Aviv, Israel (+103% year-on-year).

If you've been thinking about booking something last minute Kayak has data to prove that it’s never too late to bag a bargain. The below list reveals the destinations experiencing the biggest drop in flight prices over the Easter break.

Top destinations with the biggest flight price drop this Easter

  1. Honolulu (11% decrease)
  2. Delhi (10% decrease)
  3. Rome (6% decrease)
  4. London (6% decrease)
  5. Melbourne (6% decrease)

Popular tropical island destination Honolulu is the best destination for bargain hunters with a price decrease of 11%, followed by New Delhi (-10%) and Rome (-6%).

Searching for a last-minute Easter break? Check out the best Easter weekend flight deals or search for flights in the search bar below.

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