Otto Beach, Nicaragua.
Australians are obsessed with travel and these days it is rare to meet anyone who has not left the country for a sneaky trip.
In the financial year ending June 2014, more than 9 million Australians travelled abroad, with another 383,000 planning on starting a new life elsewhere, according to Australian Bureau of Statistics information.
Australians get a bad rap for causing havoc as backpackers across the world with their boozing culture and good-time attitude. From the mid-20s sabbatical to London to a gap year on the slopes at Banff, Aussies swarm the hostels of the world like mosquitoes.
But according to a new analysis by Skyscanner, The Future Laboratory and Trendhunter, next year Australians are going to break free of the mould and push into new destinations. Soon, there will be nowhere to escape the Aussie drawl.
Here are the top 10 destinations it is predicted Australians will be flying to in 2015.
In good news, the prediction shows that Aussies are finally hanging up the Bintang singlet and taking out the braids as they move away from the typical choice of Bali and venture further afield in the Asia Pacific region.
Skyscanner's data shows the hottest destinations next year in the region will be Myanmar, the country isolated for half a century, which had a massive 59% search increase.
The only European destination to make the list, it would seem Australians are over the culture continent. Mykonos is not so much known for its culture, as it is known for its party vibe. The island received an increase of 8% in flight searches from Australia — and with celebs such as Ronaldo, Naomi Campbell and Lindsay Lohan flocking there, it is easy to see the appeal of the new Ibiza.
In an interesting show of television influencing real life, Australians have been frantically looking up flights to Iceland off the back of it being the setting for multiple Game of Thrones episodes. Iceland had a 32% growth in searches from Australia.
Europe is being shoved to the side for Central America, which could be due to easier accessibility to the intriguing continent since Qantas launched flights to Santiago in 2012, and the beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana are winning the Aussies over. Brazil saw a 45% search increase from Australians wanting to drink Caipirinhas and Samba the night away.
The Aussie sense of adventure also means we are hunting down the next off-the-beaten-track destination, and Central and South America fit this bill.Skycanner's 2015 predictions see three countries in Central and South America hit the top ten list, including Panama, which makes the list with a 10% increase in search.
With the global obsession with coffee leading directly here and the country's improving infrastructure, this Central American country is finally on the map.
6. New Caledonia
In the mid-2000s this tiny, remote island archipelago, off the east coast of Australia enjoyed a heyday as a cheap-and cheerful package destination for the same Aussie tourists that no doubt moved on to Bali not long after. New Caledonia is making a comeback, with the French colony becoming a hotspot with the wealthy looking for eco-tourism.
7. Seoul, South Korea
The Korean Wave has hit Australia. It started with Gangnam Style and it has ended with 10% more Aussies booking flights to check out the K-Pop stars on offer. Seoul is seeing its popularity soar as a tourist magnet for Australians.
8. Colombo, Sri Lanka
Australians are following the global trend by paying attention to this new hot spot. Colombo had a 19% search increase, following a global increase of 25%. With Sri Lanka’s first film festival in 2014, ongoing restoration of its colonial architecture, a variety of new hotel openings and casinos planned, it is predicted that Colombo’s appeal is set to soar in 2015.
Shaking off its reputation for political strife, Nicaragua is giving Brazil a run for its money, with flight searches up 48%.
10. Okinawa, Japan
Tokyo isn't drawing the visitors to Japan, it is Okinawa, a chain of sub-tropical islands stretching 1,000 km across the South China Sea. The area, once a paradise reserved for locals, has seen an influx of search traffic — with a 26% increase.
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