Ever since borders reopened in February this year, hundreds of thousands of Australians have been heading out of the country on holidays.

And, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, there were three countries in particular that Aussies were flocking to for their getaways.

The data site reported that New Zealand was the most popular holiday destination,  with 96,180 Australian arrivals recorded. Coming in a close second was Indonesia, with 86,160 Aussie arrivals, and UK with 66,480 Australian holidaymakers. The USA, Fiji, India, Singapore, Thailand, Italy, and Vietnam made up the rest of the top 10.

Daniel Finch, senior director at Expedia told The Australian that single-flight short trips had recently become more popular than longer flights with stopovers.

“Destinations that are just a direct flight away are most popular, with travellers prioritising accessibility and ease over the past year,” he said.

He added, “Bali has always been a popular holiday spot for Australians, so it’s no surprise that Bali remains the top destination for travellers since international borders reopened a year ago.”

And, while Aussies are heading off on international holidays – there are plenty of internationally renown places in Australia, too. Three Aussie suburbs were recently listed in Time Out’s Top 51 coolest neighborhoods in the world.

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The publication surveyed thousands of urban dwellers globally in its Time Out Index, asking them about the current coolest spots in their city. The views were then combined with expert input from editors and writers to compile the ranking of the world’s coolest neighbourhoods.

Fitzroy in Victoria, Marrickville in NSW and Fortitude Valley in QLD all received a nod. Time Out said neighbourhoods were ranked highly for things like “cutting-edge culture and nightlife,” “affordable food and drink,”, “lively street life,” and “big community vibes.”

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