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SICK OF THE COLD? TRY THESE TOP BUDGET OVERSEAS DESTINATIONS


woman in boat in Vietnam
Hanoi, Vietnam

Sick of the cold weather already? Leading travel app Expedia has revealed its Holiday Value Guide,  showcasing popular overseas destinations offering especially strong value for Aussie winter travel.


Japan with its favourable exchange rate, culture, culinary delights, and incredible natural beauty topped the Guide, followed by Indonesia and Thailand. Most destinations featured on the list also offer wallet-friendly exchange rates for Aussie travellers.

  

The Expedia Holiday Value Guide features international destinations across Asia, Europe, and  Oceania.

Combining the top international destinations for Australian travellers with average accommodation daily rates under $300, the guide also looks at common traveller considerations including accessibility, along with experiences and activities on offer. 


The Top 10 list, however, includes a range of destinations with accommodation rates from $105 to $293 per night.

  

1. Japan 

Osaka priced at $222 offers the best value accommodation, followed by $252 in  Kyoto and $293 in Tokyo

2. Indonesia 

Lombok with rates at $173 beats its sister island Bali with accommodation prices at  $189, which is still extremely competitive

3. Thailand 

The northern city of Chiang Mai priced at $105 offers the best value  accommodation, followed by $182 in Phuket and $282 in Koh Samui

4. Vietnam 

The capital city of Hanoi with rates at $135 offers the best value destination within, followed by $144 in Ho Chi Minh City and $158 in Da Nang

5. South Korea 

The capital city of Seoul with rates at $240 offers the best value destination

6. Malaysia 

Langkawi with rates of $123 offers the best value accommodation, followed by $164  in Kuala Lumpur and $187 on Penang 

7. New Zealand 

Auckland is the best value destination priced at $223

8. Philippines 

The capital city of Manila with rates at $151 offers the best value destination, followed by $229 in Boracay Island 

9. Turkey 

The capital city of Istanbul with rates at $215 offers the best value destination

10. Greece 

The Cyclades islands including destinations like Santorini, Mykonos, and Paros with rates at $255 offer the best value destination

Sarah King, Expedia Travel Expert, said: “As we go into the second half of the year, we’re seeing an  appetite for international travel.


"Aussies are being savvy with their holiday choices and prioritising value for money and wallet-friendly destinations." she said,

Koh Samui, Thailand
Koh Samui, Thailand

Destination Insights: 


1. Japan. Aussies can’t get enough of Japan’s beautiful and diverse history, with interest increasing across Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto. With more options to fly directly  between major cities of Australia and Japan and the strength of the Aussie dollar against the yen, it’s never been easier for travellers to visit.


While the neon lights of the major cities are spectacular, digging  deeper into the picturesque mountains and serene countryside provides a tranquil and unique holiday  experience. 


2. Indonesia. Thanks to its proximity, food, culture, and friendly disposition, Indonesia has been an Aussie favourite for offering long-time value for money.


Also known as Bali’s “sister island,” Lombok is growing in popularity. Boasting pristine beaches, waterfalls  and favoured surf spots, the tropical island is quieter than other parts of Indonesia and is perfect for  those also wanting an off-the-beaten-track experience.  


3. Thailand. With direct flights available from many parts of Australia, Thailand’s charm hasn’t faded for travellers looking for a wallet-friendly destination, considering its blend of vibrant cosmopolitan cities with traditional heritage sites and stunning islands.


A three-hour flight from Bangkok nestled in the scenic mountains of Northern Thailand, Chiang Mai is a must-visit for its rich culture, foodie night markets and historical temples.

  

4. Vietnam. Between its historical towns, breathtaking beaches, and iconic foodie culture, Aussies are  drawn to Vietnam as a value-driven holiday destination, particularly with direct flights available from  some major Australian cities.


Interest has increased to over 40% for those who love to explore Ho  Chi Minh City’s colonial architecture and cityscape, or the tranquil beaches and centuries-old pagodas in Da Nang. With its blended culture of Southeast Asian, Chinese, and French influences, interest in travelling to the capital Hanoi has increased by over 65%.


5. South Korea. Combining natural wonders, an innovative food scene, chart-topping artists, and  centuries of tradition, Aussies can expect a dynamic experience when travelling in South Korea. 


Contrasted with the surrounding mountains, the buzzing, futuristic city of Seoul is gaining interest with direct flights available from many parts of Australia. As a peninsula, the country  offers an abundance of beautiful coasts and incredible beaches for those wanting to escape the hustle  and bustle of urban life. 


6. Malaysia. Malaysia’s diverse cultural heritage provides travellers with a unique blend of traditions, customs, landscapes, and food to experience. From the city skyline, world-class cuisine and high-end  shopping, there are many direct flights from across Australia heading for the capital city Kuala Lumpur. 


A quick one-hour flight will send travellers to the colonial architecture, street markets and sacred sites  of Penang, and with plenty for everyone to enjoy.


Food at Istanbul, Turkey
A delicious spread in Turkey

7. New Zealand. Only a hop across the pond, New Zealand is a short flight away with so much to offer.  A natural paradise, the country boasts alpine peaks, geothermal attractions, and dramatic coastlines. 


Travelling thrill seekers will get a kick out of experiencing the many adventurous activities the destination has become well known for, including luging, bungee jumping, and white-water rafting. Holidaymakers can enjoy New Zealand all-year round, whether visiting the stunning ski slopes and  beaches or devouring culinary delights after taking in the sites of Hobbiton. 


8. Philippines. Situated on the Pacific Ring of Fire and home to more than 7,000 islands, the Philippines  is an archipelago offering an unparalleled experience with some of the world’s greatest biodiversity. 


With stunning white sand beaches, a rich cultural heritage and diverse culinary fare, a trip to this country  is sure to have travellers coming back for more, with direct flights available from major Australian  cities.


Try a bite of balut, catch some waves in Siargao, snorkel beside the majestic whale sharks, or take in the sights of the locally named “8th Wonder of the World,” the Banaue rice terraces. 


9. Turkey. Known for its rich history, culture, and unique cuisine, Turkey’s rising popularity draws in  crowds with its year-round sunshine making it the perfect European summer getaway.


From exploring  the ancient ruins to decompressing in the famous Turkish baths to getting the best bird’s-eye view from a hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia, Turkey is a standout destination to visit, especially for Aussie  holidaymakers looking to add a budget-friendly country to their European itinerary. 


10. Greece. Blessed with more than 3,000 hours of sunshine per year, Greece offers a combination of rich  ancient history, dynamic culture, and mesmerising landscapes.


The Cyclades islands are known for idyllic  beaches, vibrant nightlife, delicious Mediterranean cuisine, and eye-catching architecture. Dubbed a “destination dupe” for the tourist-favourite island of  Santorini, Paros is a particular hidden gem — long, sandy beaches and traditional Cycladic aesthetics  provide a great option for travellers to add to an island-hopping adventure. 


Average accommodation daily rates are based on demand on Expedia.com.au from June 1 2023 to 31 December 2023.  

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