Are you planning an overseas holiday this year, but not quite sure where to go?
Well then these findings from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) may help to influence your decision, with a February report revealing Aussie residents' top ten short-term departures.
Last year saw a record 8.2 million short-term resident departures (ending December 2012) compared to the 7.8 million in December 2011.
Australia's neighbour across the Tasman, New Zealand, was the most popular destination with over 1.1 million visits.
This was followed by trips to Indonesia – with the idyllic holiday destination of Bali a favourite of Aussie travellers – with just under one million (911,800) short-term visits made.
Rounding up the top five destinations were the United States (863,600), Thailand (622,300) and the UK (489,100).
China, Fiji, Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong were other countries which made the top ten short-term destinations for Australian travellers, showing that Asian locations are highly favoured spots to travel.
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