Aussies keen to travel overseas as soon as December

Kristine Tarbert
·Senior Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
·2-min read

Despite Australia’s travel ban being extended until at least December 17, it seems Aussies are hopeful they may yet be able to organise a trip beyond our shores for 2021.

According to recent travel data from Skyscanner, there has even been a 17 per cent increase in searches for travel as soon as December 2020, indicating many believe the ban will not be extended any further.

Young casual female traveler with suitcase at airport
Aussies are keen to get travelling as soon as possible. Photo: Getty

During the first week of September, January 2021 was the most searched for month by Aussie travellers, suggesting the desire for an overseas trip as soon as it’s possible.

Normally international destinations like Tokyo, Bali, and London dominate the search trends during this time of year, and while they still feature in the top ten, it’s clear more people are also looking at domestic destinations just in case.

London remains the number one searched destination for 2021, as it was during 2019, with Tokyo coming in second.

London, United Kingdom
London remains the most popular destination among Aussies. Photo: Getty

In terms of domestic holidays the most popular Aussie destination being booked is Broome in Western Australia.

Sydney, the Gold Coast, and Cairns are also popular for when boarder restrictions ease.


“Australia is a nation of travel lovers and whilst they haven’t been able to visit many of their best loved destinations this year due to ongoing travel restrictions, looking at Skyscanner global travel trends for 2021, we are seeing growing interest in 2021 searches and bookings,” Paul Whiteway, Senior Director for APAC at Skyscanner tells us.

Coastline at dusk, Broome, Australia
Broome is Australia's most searched for destination. Photo: Getty
scenery of surfing paradise, gold coast, brisbane
The Gold Coast remains a popular destination once boarder restrictions ease. Photo: Getty

He says it will be an interesting travel year in 2021 with both international and domestic destinations dominating the searches.

“London, a mainstay for travelling Australians and the most booked destination for travel in 2021 affirms the affinity between UK and Australia and suggests friends and families are looking to be reunited as soon as possible,” he adds.

Top destinations booked for travel between Jan 2021 and Dec 2021

  1. London

  2. Tokyo

  3. Broome

  4. Bali

  5. Sydney

  6. Athens

  7. Gold Coast

  8. Bangkok

  9. Cairns

  10. New Delhi

Check local government websites for current information on boarder restrictions.

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