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So it's halfway through January and you haven't been on holiday. Or maybe you're just back from a break and already feeling the withdrawal. Or you're still on holiday, but have that sinking feeling of dread about its inevitable end. Don't despair: there's never been an easier time to head off again. And you can do it at a moment's notice.

While online booking has revolutionised the way we arrange holidays, an array of smart operators, who package up great hotels, flights and bonus extras into "holiday in a box" options have taken that further, offering a smorgasbord of ready-to-go vacations.

"Packages save money as the travel brand can secure better rates for the customers in a package, says Randall Deer, founder and managing director of Ignite Travel, the company behind MyHolidayCentre.com.au. "Customers are also preferring to cut the time spent on 'starting from scratch' and rely on recommendations rather than spending hours researching themselves. Our customers just want to be shown the best experiences for their given budgets and the best package to get them on holiday."

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To help inspire your spur-of-the-moment getaway, Traveller has compiled a list of 25 great, hassle-free holidays for 2018, all within 12-13 hours' flight from Sydney and Melbourne. They include tried and true destinations such as Bali and Fiji, but also some you may not have thought of for a quick break: South Australia's Kangaroo Island, or Japan.

So what are you waiting for? Happy spontaneous travels.

THE DESTINATION

Hong Kong

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FLYING TIME

From Melbourne, nine hours, 20 minutes; from Sydney, nine hours, 15 minutes

THE PACKAGE

Wendy Wu's Four-day Flavours of Hong Kong Tour Itinerary

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A quick break private itinerary designed around iconic sites and regional cuisine, it includes a full-day coach tour around Hong Kong Island with dim sum lunch. There's also a walking tour around Central and Sheung Wan. You get plenty of free time too.

EXPERT TIP

Hong Kong is a sensory overload with world-class dining, pampering and shopping, all wrapped up with Asian culture.

MAKE IT HAPPEN

From $845 a person twin share. That does not include flights but Wendy Wu can organise. It includes HK airport transfers, three nights' accommodation and some meals. This is a private itinerary, so Wendy Wu can organise it for you for any time. Phone 1800 009 063. See wendywutours.com.au

See also: The seven best places to shop in Hong Kong

THE DESTINATION

Sri Lanka

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FLYING TIME

From Melbourne, 10 hours 50 minutes; from Sydney, 12 hours 50 minutes

THE PACKAGE

G Adventures' Sailing Sri Lanka

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This small group (maximum eight) catamaran itinerary along the southern coast of Sri Lankafeatures stops at Galle, remote beach towns, and the fishing village of Kudawella​, with lots of time for snorkelling, surfing, and spotting whales. It includes most meals with an emphasis on local cuisine and a transfer back to Colombo Airport (with optional extra transfer) at the start.

EXPERT TIP

Small-group tours are a great last-minute option for solo travellers.

MAKE IT HAPPEN

From $1647 a person. Lots of departures throughout 2018. See gadventures.com.au

See also: Sri Lanka - the world's newest five-star destination

THE DESTINATION

Denarau Island, Fiji

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FLYING TIME

From Sydney, four hours; from Melbourne, four hours, 55 minutes

THE PACKAGE

MyFiji.com, various offers

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MyFij.com is a package-holiday company that always offers amazing value. One package that's on sale until the end of January for travel starting February 1gives seven nights at the Fiji Sheraton Resort, return airfares with Virgin Australia and bonuses worth $3000. Theseinclude kids staying and eating for free.

EXPERT TIP

Fiji is an easy flight away and is great for families.

MAKE IT HAPPEN

This holiday, valued at $3390 a person twin share, costs from $1890 a person. Transfers are usually included as is daily breakfast. See Myfiji.com

See also: 20 things that will shock first-time visitors to Fiji

THE DESTINATION

Northern Territory

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Kakadu National Park Photo: Glenn Campbell

FLYING TIME

From Melbourne, four hours, 20 minutes; from Sydney, four hours, 30 minutes

THE PACKAGE

Intrepid Travel's Total Territory Top End and Outback

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This one has "get away from it all" seriously covered. Flights are included in this comprehensive 11-day Top End adventure that has plenty of departure dates. You camp and sleep in hostels, do plenty of walking and 4WD touring and see Arnhem Land and Kakadu National Park, among many highlights.

EXPERT TIP

Bring appropriate clothing, use sun protection and drink plenty of water. In the evenings temperatures drop so have base layers and warm clothing.

MAKE IT HAPPEN

From $3145 a person and includes most meals, many featuring native ingredients. This small group tour requires moderate fitness. See intrepidtravel.com

See also: Why the outback needs to be on every Australian's bucket list

THE DESTINATION

New Caledonia

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Photo: New Caledonia Tourism

FLYING TIME

From Sydney, three hours, 20 minutes; from Melbourne, three hours, 45 minutes.

THE PACKAGE

My New Caledonia Sheraton New Caledonia Deva Spa & Golf Resort

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From package deal specialist Ignite Holidays group, My New Caledonia is burgeoning with ideas for getaways to one of our closest Pacific neighbours, where you'll find French culture and cuisine alongside beautiful beaches and great golf courses. This package is for a seven-day golf getaway. It includes $2000 of bonus value, including unlimited green fees for two and a $250 Dine and Spa Credit.

EXPERT TIP

Known as the France of the South Pacific, New Caledonia also reflects a strong native Melanesian influence, and is home to Asian and South Pacific Island communities.

MAKE IT HAPPEN

From $1640 a person, this package is on sale till January 31. Travel dates until March 31. See mynewcaledonia.com.au

THE DESTINATION

Cook Islands

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FLYING TIME

From Sydney, six hours, 10 minutes; from Melbourne, eight hours, 30 minutes

THE PACKAGE

Spacifica's Six-Night Sea Change Villas Package

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There's wine, beers and things to make breakfast with when you get there, with this "they thought of everything" package for a holiday in the paradisiacal Cook Islands. Return economy airfares to Rarotonga, transfers, accommodation at Sea Change Villas in a lagoon view villa with private plunge pool and two days' car hire taken care of, plus significant savings. It's almost rude to not go.

EXPERT TIP

The Cook Islands are a diverse and spiritual group of communities spread over 2 million square kilometres of the South Pacific.

MAKE IT HAPPEN

This package costs from $1899 a person for set travel periods. However, for travel outside those times, Spacifica advises you to call an agent for a personalised quote. See spacificatravel.com

THE DESTINATION

New Zealand

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FLYING TIME

From Melbourne, three hours, 35 minutes; from Sydney, three hours, five minutes

THE PACKAGE

APT, various

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APT knows New Zealand and offers an amazing variety of itineraries to help you get to know it too. While most run during the warmer months– September to April–it's worth scrolling through the offers on the website to see what departures might suit your plans (or lack thereof). Rail journeys, cruises and land tours, as well as combinations of these are paired with standout accommodation and exemplary experiences.

EXPERT TIP

APT offers a host of dining experiences that celebrate the finest fresh produce of New Zealand.

MAKE IT HAPPEN

APT has some special offers on the go, including free companion airfares. Phone 1300 336 932. See aptouring.com.au

See also: 20 things that will shock first-time visitors to New Zealand

THE DESTINATION

Tasmania

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FLYING TIME

From Sydney, one hour, 55 minutes; from Melbourne, one hour, 15 minutes

THE PACKAGE

Self-drive

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The compact nature of Tasmania and the huge amount of interest it packs into its borders make it a no-brainer for a self-drive holiday. From Devonport, where the Spirit of Tasmania docks, the great North East Trail is easily accessible, revealing stunning coastal vistas and a concentration of enticing wine and produce stops and experiences.

EXPERT TIP

The Spirit of Tasmania offers the convenience of taking your own vehicle.

MAKE IT HAPPEN

Tasmania is great at any time of year. See discovertasmania.com.au; spiritoftasmania.com.au

See also: The 10 greatest natural wonders of Tasmania

THE DESTINATION

Margaret River, Western Australia

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Photo: Frances Andrijich

FLYING TIME

From Sydney, five hours; from Melbourne, four hours, 10 minutes

THE PACKAGE

Escape Travel's Pullman Resort Bunker Bay package

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Incredible surf, beautiful beaches, picturesque countryside, world-famous wineries and gourmet food, plus dazzling accommodation, all come together in this Western Australian jewel. Escape Travel offers some excellent packages, such as one for three nights at the Margaret River's Bunker Bay Pullman Resort in a villa with beach access, plus flights with Virgin Australia.

EXPERT TIP

Save on your airfare when you book one of Escape Travel's exclusive Escape Fares with either four nights' accommodation, a seven-day tour or cruise.

MAKE IT HAPPEN

The package includes flights from Sydney and costs from $1079 a person for specific dates. Contact Escape Travel for a quote on your dates and city of departure, or check the website for alternative Margaret River packages. Phone 1300 507 445. See escapetravel.com.au

See also: 20 reasons to love Margaret River

THE DESTINATION

Kangaroo Island, South Australia

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FLYING TIME

From Melbourne, one hour, 20 minutes; from Sydney (to Adelaide), two hours, five minutes

THE PACKAGE

Sealink's Three-Day Kangaroo Island Family Escape Package

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A place of wild coastline, undulating countryside and rugged bush, amazing wildlife and extraordinary local produce, Kangaroo Island is best explored by car. Sealink, whichruns the ferry between the South Australian mainland and the island, offers packages including the ferry crossing for a family of four with car, accommodation and breakfast for your first morning.

EXPERT TIP

KI is one of the best regions in South Australia for a self-drive holiday.

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From $438.50 a person twin share or $1032 a family (two adults and two children). You can also hire a car on the island (additional cost). See sealink.com.au

See also: Australia's most astonishing island

THE DESTINATION

Kuantan, Malaysia

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FLYING TIME

From Sydney, 12 hours; from Melbourne, 10 hours, 40 minutes

THE PACKAGE

Club Med, Cherating Beach

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Club Med is a great option for spur-of-the-moment getaways, with its all-inclusive offering. At this one in Malaysia, Club Med Cherating Beach on the east coast of the mainland; fly with the monkeys on the trapeze, release turtle hatchlings into the ocean at the nearby turtle sanctuary, and while the children have fun at Mini Club Med, enjoy the Adult Zen Pool.

EXPERT TIP

Fly with the monkeys on the trapeze, release turtle hatchlings into the ocean at the nearby turtle sanctuary, and while the children have fun at Mini Club Med, enjoy the adult Zen pool.

MAKE IT HAPPEN

From $1189 a person. See clubmed.com.au

THE DESTINATION

Nha Trang, Vietnam

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FLYING TIME

From Melbourne, 11 hours, 35 minutes; from Sydney, 11 hours, 10 minutes

THE PACKAGE

Bony Voyage's Vin Pearl Luxury in Nha Trang

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Fly-and-flop doesn't come more relaxing than the southern beaches of Vietnam. This package from luxury holiday purveyor, Bon Voyage, gives five nights in a beachfront villa at the Vin Pearl with loads of extras, including airport transfers, for a price that represents savings of 55 per cent.

EXPERT TIP

Every Bon Voyage holiday is designed by a team of experts. This means more inclusions, such asfine dining, spa pampering, cocktails, and more.

MAKE IT HAPPEN

To access Bon Voyage offers, you must subscribe on the website. This offer is from $1998 a person twin share with two children covered as well. See bonvoyage.com.au

THE DESTINATION

Phuket, Thailand

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FLYING TIME

From Sydney, nine hours; from Melbourne, eight hours, 50 minutes

THE PACKAGE

Luxury Escapes, various

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One of the original luxury holiday packaging companies in Australia, Luxury Escapes' sale periods are short-lived, but look out for such crackers as seven nights at the five-star the Slate Phuket, with daily breakfast and lunches, a special themed dinner, a 45-minute Thai massage each, private return airport transfers and much more for two adults. All with savings of 40 per cent.

EXPERT TIP

If you want to secure this offer and don't know when you want to travel select "Buy Now & Book Later". This will secure your package and give you the flexibility to choose your travel dates within the book by and validity period. Subject to availability.

MAKE IT HAPPEN

Subscribe to Luxury Escapes on the website and you'll be amazed at the holiday offers that pop into your inbox. See luxuryescapes.com

See also: 20 things that will shock first-time visitors to Thailand

THE DESTINATION

Seminyak, Bali

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FLYING TIME

From Sydney, six hours, 25 minutes; from Melbourne, six hours

THE PACKAGE

Hoot Holidays the Seminyak Beach Resort & Spa

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Sure, everyone knows Bali is an easy getaway. But having airfares, transfers, accommodation and daily breakfastall taken care of with the one booking makes it a breeze. This package gives seven nights at the chic beachfront Seminyak Resort & Spa with all of the above included.

EXPERT TIP

Everyone wants a happy holiday, so even with a familiar location such as Bali it pays to book with an operator like Hoot Holidays.

MAKE IT HAPPEN

Hoot's current deal on this property costs from $1960 a person twin share and is valid for travel till March 25. But Hoot deals keep coming year round. See hootholidays.com.au

THE DESTINATION

Cambodia and Laos

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Angkor Wat, Cambodia.

FLYING TIME

From Melbourne, 11 hours, 20 minutes; from Sydney, 11 hours, 55 minutes

THE PACKAGE

Bunnik Tours' Cambodia and Laos In Depth

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With loads of departures of this new tour and Bunnik's expertise in taking care of everything, you can be exploring Angkor Wat and learning to cook Khmer-style in no time. There are a dizzying array of cultural activities on this tourto refresh body and soul as well as taking in the poignant remnants of violence past. You need a visa for Cambodia, but it can be obtained on arrival.

EXPERT TIP

To get the most from this tour you will need a good level of fitness and mobility and an open mind.

MAKE IT HAPPEN

This small-group tour costs from $4195 a person. See bunniktours.com.au

THE DESTINATION

PENANG, MALAYSIA

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George Town, Penang Photo: Shutterstock

FLYING TIME

From Sydney, 10 hours, 50 minutes; from Melbourne, 11 hours

THE PACKAGE

Travelonline's Discover Penang

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Exotic and funky Penang is a heady mix of Asian culture and spice. Some of the best food on the planet is in the capital, George Town. An easy Asian break, this package gives flights, seven nights' accommodation for the price of five at the Holiday Inn Resort Penang, breakfast daily and kids can stay and eat for free. You're all set.

EXPERT TIP

This package is flexible. You can stay five nights and only pay for four, or stay 10 and only pay for seven, plusroom upgrades are available.

MAKE IT HAPPEN

The seven-night option costs from $978 a person twin share – that price is for Perth flights. East coast prices would be higher. You need to book by January 31 for travel availability until the end of March with blackout dates applying. See travelonline.com

TEN MORE EASY TO BOOK HASSLE- FREE HOLIDAYS

FLINDERS RANGES, SOUTH AUSTRALIA

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Fancy a safari? You don't need to go to Africa. Arkaba, Wild Bush Luxury's 24,280-hectare former sheep station turned private wildlife conservancy in South Australia's Flinders Ranges is the go. Luxury accommodation, gourmet meals, beverages and a fully guided experience program seeing wildlife and wilderness are all taken care of. Stay for four nights and pay for just three when travelling before February 28 (though Arkaba is open year-round. Phone 1300 790 561. See arkabaconservancy.com)

FIJI

With many sailings throughout the year and a convenient departure point, Captain Cook Cruises' seven and 11-night cruises are aboard the 130-passenger, MV Reef Endeavour, that gets into places larger vessels can't. So you can experience remote villages, as well as unpopulated beaches. Loads of water sports including diving and a glass bottom boat await. A "Three Nights Free Sail" promotion offers savings of up to $2395 a person across a wide range of cruise itineraries and departure dates. Offer on sale until February 28 for travel until March 31 2019. See captaincookcruisesfiji.com

VANUATU

With 36 sailings throughout the year, you're never far away from the beginning of a P&O Vanuatu cruise. The nation of 80 islands, countless white sand beaches and tropical fish-filled aqua waters is ideal for a relaxing cruise. A 10-nighter on Pacific Explorer features five ports and some adrenalin-raising shore activities – if you can get off your sun lounger for them. The weather is invariably great. This round-trip Sydney cruise is from $1162.18 quad share. P&O's "Oh Ship!" promotion is on until mid-February, offering free upgrades and onboard credit. See pocruises.com.au

SINGAPORE

Singapore is safe, family-friendly easy to get around in and with a huge array of attractions in a small package: in short, an awesome choice for a no-fuss holiday. Wendy Wu Tours offers a package an independent tour that gives you the peace of mind. Enjoy a visit to Singapore Zoo and meet a family of orang-utans during your "Jungle Breakfast" along with Merlion Park and the National Orchid Garden.From $670 a person twin share. Flights are extra but Wendy Wu can arrange them. See wendywutours.com.au

GOLD COAST

Get Luxe offers luxury stays with amazing extras – and prices. One, for instance, on sale untilJanuary 31, represents savings of 55 per cent on a five-night stay at the Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove Resort with loads of extras. It includes flights, too. Get Luxe works on the premise of you purchasing a voucher now and booking later when you know your exact travel dates. So you can either keep it ready for when you want to up and go or just go – most offers go on sale near to the beginning of travel dates. See getluxe.com

MYANMAR

With a river cruise, such as Scenic's Mystical Irrawaddy, all you need to do is pack, get to your ship and unpack. You do need a visa for Burma, but even that's easy and immediate now. Save for the period May to August, Scenic has regular departures of this comprehensive all-balcony stateroom cruise and land tour. It includes all meals and some great experiences. And if not this itinerary, there are myriad others. This package costs from $9490 a person twin share. Phone 138 128. See scenic.com.au

HOKKAIDO, JAPAN

Missing the snow? The good news is, when it's summer here, you don't need to travel to Europe to get your fix. Hokkaido's dry thick snow falls from November. Ski Japan is a one-stop-shop for flights, accommodation and deals, which currently include late-season savings on bookings till February 14. Stay at the the Kamui Niseko and save 40 per cent, for instance, in a deal that includes a complimentary grocery pack. Minimum night stays are required. Find terms and conditions on the website. See SkiJapan.com

SAMOA

Aga Reef Resort is located in Lalomanu on the stunning south-east coast of Upolu. As a a South Pacific specialist, Spacifica always has fantastic deals on Samoa, such as this one for seven nights' accommodation in an island villa and return airport transfers to Aga Reef Resort & Spa, breakfast daily, a fiafia night with cultural show with barbecue feast, tours and more. This package starts at $1149 a person twin share, saving you up to $875 a person. Valid for sale until January 31 and for travel till March 31. Phone 1800 800 722 and quote deal code 177984. See spacificatravel.com

QUEENSTOWN, NEW ZEALAND

If you're itching for some adenalin-pumping activity, there's no place on earth as geared up as New Zealand and it's oh so close. Adventure South has a range of exciting cycling departures that include cycling Milford Sound, getting up close with the Fox and Franz Joseph glaciers on the West Coast and Glaciers Cycle, seeing a variety of landscapes on the Alps to Ocean Cycle, or exploring lakes Tekapo, Pukaki and Ohau on the Southern Lakes Cycle. See adventuresouth.co.nz

JUST GO: MY BEST SPONTANEOUS HOLIDAY DECISION

LAYNE BEACHLEY, WORLD CHAMPION SURFER

A trip to Las Vegas to watch my kickboxing coach in a professional fight in Vegas. Sometimes in life opportunities come along that need to be seized. This was an chance to support my kickboxing coach, whose many training sessions had helped me dig down and find that extra 10 per cent in my winning moments. What was so great about it? Don't they say "what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas?''. See humacharitychallenge.com

DAVID TSIREKAS, HEAD CHEF, 1821 RESTAURANT, SYDNEY

It was a road trip to rural Australia including Hay, Mungo National Park , Booligal, Menindee, Wilcannia, White Cliffs and then home. We decided to do it an hour before a lunch service. The beauty of the endless nothingness and the clear skies at day and night and chasing the western sunsets off the rural backdrops are some of the most incredible and beautiful sights I've experienced. And it's all in our backyard. A land mass the size of Europe with even greater ancient natural wonders ... we are blessed.See universalhotels.com.au

GEOFF LAW, CONSERVATIONIST AND AUTHOR

In 1987 some visiting Americans I bumped into at a Christmas party asked if I would come with them down the Franklin River in Tasmania. It was the first time we had met but they needed someone with local knowledge, and they offered to "do all the cooking". It was a great opportunity to revisit the exhilaration of travelling a grand and rugged landscape as well as experiencing wonder at the tiniest intricacies of nature. See tasmanianexpeditions.com.au

REYNOLD POERNOMO, OWNER AND CHEF OF KOI DESSERT BAR, SYDNEY

To Singapore, to experience the food scene, from hawker food to fine dining and the casual buzzy eat outs. Not to mention some of the world's best bars. Singapore just has the best food scene. It's buzzing with new trendy places. Lots of Aussie chefs have even moved there. See koidessertbar.com.au

SALLY BURLEIGH, MEDIA IDENTITY, MANAGING DIRECTOR, SBPR

Taking my two tweens – 13 and 11 at the time –to the Gold Coast between Christmas and New Year in 2016. We stayed at the new Peppers at Broadbeach.Having an apartment-style room and a location on such a funky food avenue, close to the beach and all the new venues nearby in Burleigh and of course Pacific Fair a 10-minute walk away, was completely what made it. See sbpr.com.au

Julietta Jameson

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What is the most popular holiday destination? ›

Most visited destinations by international tourist arrivals
RankDestinationInternational tourist arrivals (2019)
1France
2Spain83.5 million
3United States79.3 million
4China65.7 million
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What is the most visited country in the world 2022? ›

Here are the 10 countries with the most tourism:
  • United States - 79,300,000.
  • China - 65,700,000.
  • Italy - 64,500,000.
  • Turkey - 51,200,000.
  • Mexico - 45,000,000.
  • Thailand - 39,800,000.
  • Germany - 39,600,000.
  • United Kingdom - 39,400,000.

Where do Brits go on holiday the most? ›

In 2021, Spain was the leading holiday travel destination for residents of the UK, with around 3.3 million visits. In 2019, however, the Mediterranean country reported roughly 15.8 million UK visits for vacation purposes.

Where is the best sun holiday in February? ›

Best places for winter sun
  1. Cape Town, South Africa. Average winter temperature 22C. ...
  2. Fuerteventura. Average winter temperature 18C. ...
  3. The Maldives. Average winter temperature 27C. ...
  4. Funchal, Madeira. Average winter temperature 16C. ...
  5. Miami, US. ...
  6. Zanzibar, Tanzania. ...
  7. Canggu, Bali, Indonesia. ...
  8. Soufrière, St Lucia.

Where can I go super cheap? ›

Note that some countries offer even cheaper living costs but are less attractive due to practical and security reasons.
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Research by money transfer platform Wise has revealed the 10 cheapest countries to live in:
  • Vietnam.
  • Portugal.
  • Mexico.
  • Malaysia.
  • South Africa.
  • Indonesia.
  • Costa Rica.
  • Ecuador.
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What is the cheapest country to go on holiday? ›

14 Of the cheapest countries to visit
  1. Cambodia. Southeast Asia is a notoriously cheap area to visit. ...
  2. Laos. Laos is another affordable country in Southeast Asia. ...
  3. Vietnam. ...
  4. Indonesia. ...
  5. Nepal. ...
  6. Morocco. ...
  7. Nicaragua. ...
  8. El Salvador.

Where is the cheapest holiday in Europe? ›

The 5 cheapest countries to visit in Europe all year
  1. Hungary. No need to fret, you'll never go hungry in Hungary. ...
  2. Portugal. It's no hidden secret that Portugal is one of the cheapest countries to visit in Europe. ...
  3. Italy. Italy isn't all boutique prices and designer dresses. ...
  4. Slovenia. ...
  5. Bulgaria.

What is the most popular holiday destination in Europe? ›

The Top 10 Most Visited Countries in Europe
  • France – 89.4 million visitors. ...
  • Spain – 82.7 million visitors. ...
  • Italy – 62.1 million visitors. ...
  • Germany – 38.8 million visitors. ...
  • United Kingdom – 36.3 million visitors. ...
  • Austria – 30.8 million visitors. ...
  • Greece – 30.1 million visitors. ...
  • Portugal – 22.8 million visitors.

Which country is best for quality of life? ›

  • Sweden. #1 in Quality of Life. #5 in Best Countries Overall. ...
  • Denmark. #2 in Quality of Life. #10 in Best Countries Overall. ...
  • Canada. #3 in Quality of Life. ...
  • Switzerland. #4 in Quality of Life. ...
  • Norway. #5 in Quality of Life. ...
  • Finland. #6 in Quality of Life. ...
  • Germany. #7 in Quality of Life. ...
  • Netherlands. #8 in Quality of Life.

What are the 5 most popular countries in the world? ›

Top 10 Most Visited Countries in the World:
  • UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. ~ 80 million visitors.
  • CHINA. ~ 63 million visitors.
  • ITALY. ~ 62 million visitors.
  • TURKEY. ~ 46 million visitors.
  • MEXICO. ~ 42 million visitors.
  • GERMANY. ~ 39 million visitors.
  • THAILAND. ~ 38 million visitors.
  • UNITED KINGDOM. ~ 36 million visitors.
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Which country is best for tourism? ›

  • Italy. #1 in Good for tourism. #14 in Best Countries Overall. ...
  • Spain. #2 in Good for tourism. #16 in Best Countries Overall. ...
  • Australia. #3 in Good for tourism. ...
  • France. #4 in Good for tourism. ...
  • Greece. #5 in Good for tourism. ...
  • Switzerland. #6 in Good for tourism. ...
  • New Zealand. #7 in Good for tourism. ...
  • Thailand. #8 in Good for tourism.

Which 3 countries do the tourists mainly come from? ›

The most popular travel countries
RankCountryTourists (in million)
1France117.1
2Mexico51.1
3United States45.0
4Italy38.4
37 more rows

Where do Scottish people go on holiday? ›

Spain, the United States, France, Greece, Italy and Turkey are among the most popular destinations outwith the UK, according to the opinion poll.

Where do Londoners go on holiday? ›

Europe is the most popular destination for UK residents, accounting for 80 per cent of visits abroad. Spain has been the most popular country to visit since 1994, with 13.8 million visits in 2005. France was second in popularity, with 11.1 million visits.

What are the 3 basic factors when tourist are choosing a destination? ›

(2009) state that there are only three core elements in a successful destination which achievement in attracting tourists will rely on upon the quality of those crucial advantages that they offer them: attractions, amenities and accessibility.

What makes a great holiday destination? ›

THE most important things that make a holiday memorable are good weather, laughter, good food and stunning views, according to a study.

Is it better to use a travel agent or do it yourself? ›

Booking Yourself Saves You Money

Deanna Ford, owner of The Detailed Traveler website, points out that travel agents “are for convenience, not cost saving. They receive kick backs, commissions and perks from brands they are partnered with, so you won't really be getting budget recommendations.”

Which is your Favourite foreign destination and why? ›

My favourite holiday destination would be Malaysia. Because there is a nice place, delicious food, and friendly people. Malaysia is famous for the KLCC high building, it was very high and awesome. Since my hobby is taking photographs, so there is a good place to practice boosting and enhance my skills.

Where do Brits go on holiday in Spain? ›

Canary Islands

Tenerife is by far the most 'British' of the Canaries, followed by Lanzarote and Gran Canaria.

Where's hot in February and cheap? ›

February is peak season in the Caribbean (28ºC) and the Maldives (31ºC) and Dubai (26ºC). The best short-haul weather can be found in the Canary Islands and Madeira (both 20ºC). But there are plenty of other options. February offers a perfect opportunity to escape the cold of winter at home in search of warmer climes.

Where is the cheapest place for winter sun? ›

Morocco, Cyprus and the Canary Islands are pretty cheap and a bit hotter, but the real bargains are usually to be found on the Red Sea coast. Far-flung destinations like Goa, Mexico and of course the Caribbean, are guaranteed to be sunny but your airfare costs will be higher.

What is the cheapest country to fly to right now? ›

Mexico. Unsurprisingly, Mexico makes the list of the cheapest places to travel in 2022. The country has long ranked as an affordable and easy-to-reach destination for many Americans; reasonably priced direct flights are abundant.

Where is the cheapest place to fly right now? ›

20 Cheapest Places to Fly Around the World
  • The Cheapest Places to Fly Right Now.
  • Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
  • San Juan, Puerto Rico.
  • Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • San Francisco Bay Area, California.
  • Costa Rica.
  • The Virgin Islands.
  • Key West, Florida.
12 Oct 2022

What is the cheapest way to travel? ›

25 Cheapest Ways to Travel in The USA on a Budget
  • Consider renting a car instead of driving on your own or go for a driveway.
  • Try investing in a train pass. ...
  • Consider traveling by bus. ...
  • Try signing up for discounts. ...
  • Use a travel credit card. ...
  • Consider dining downstairs. ...
  • Buy your own groceries. ...
  • Get food to go.

Which country is best value for money? ›

10 best and cheapest countries to live in
  1. Vietnam. For those wanting to live and work in an exotic place, but not pay a fortune, Vietnam is any budget travelers dream. ...
  2. Costa Rica. ...
  3. Bulgaria. ...
  4. Mexico. ...
  5. South Africa. ...
  6. China. ...
  7. South Korea. ...
  8. Thailand.
15 Mar 2022

What countries are the most expensive for tourists? ›

1. Singapore. The city of Singapore is the most expensive city in the world to visit by tourists. Transportation costs heaps of money in this expensive city.

Where is the cheapest place to travel internationally? ›

Southeast Asia has long been known as one of the cheapest global travel destinations in the world. Because of this, many backpackers and solo travelers venture to countries like Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Indonesia each year in search of an affordable international vacation.

Is Spain cheaper than Portugal? ›

Generally speaking, Portugal is cheaper than Spain, although the flight there will likely be the most expensive part of your Portugal vacation.

What European country has the best beaches? ›

When it comes to beaches, Norway can beat all the other European countries. Actually, a few people associate Norway with a vacation on the beach but it is the place where you can find some of the greatest sandy shores on the continent. The problem is the short summer season.

What is considered the most beautiful city in Europe? ›

1. Paris, France. Paris is often considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It may seem cliché, but Paris will always be the most beautiful city in Europe to us.

What's the prettiest place on earth? ›

According to the study, the most beautiful place in the world is Peyto Lake in Canada. This natural wonder is known for its neon blue water surrounded by dazzling mountains.

What is one place everyone should visit in their lifetime? ›

Cities you must visit once in your lifetime
  1. New York, New York, USA. And there's nothing quite like the big apple!
  2. Paris, France. Paris…. ...
  3. London, UK. ...
  4. Budapest, Hungary. ...
  5. St Petersburg, Russia. ...
  6. Marrakech, Morocco. ...
  7. Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. ...
  8. Florence, Italy. ...

What is the number one vacation spot in the world? ›

1. The Great Barrier Reef, Australia. What is this? The Great Barrier Reef is one of the undisputed best vacation spots for anyone who wants the opportunity to glimpse one of the most incredible marvels of nature.

What's the best country to visit? ›

  • Spain. #1 in Solo Travel Rankings. No Change in Rank from 2021. ...
  • Italy. #2 in Solo Travel Rankings. ...
  • Greece. #3 in Solo Travel Rankings. ...
  • New Zealand. #4 in Solo Travel Rankings. ...
  • Australia. #5 in Solo Travel Rankings. ...
  • Portugal. #6 in Solo Travel Rankings. ...
  • Netherlands. #7 in Solo Travel Rankings. ...
  • Ireland. #8 in Solo Travel Rankings.

Is Dubai a good holiday destination? ›

Dubai is the most visited city and emirate within the United Arab Emirates - it is home to the world's tallest building the Burj Khalifa. The city is known for luxury, entertainment and modern architecture - and has become an increasingly popular holiday destination.

Is South Africa safe to travel? ›

South Africa has a very high level of crime. Crime is the primary security threat to travellers. Violent crimes, including rape and murder, occur frequently and have involved foreigners. Muggings, armed assaults and theft are also frequent, often occurring in areas that are popular among tourists.

What is the prettiest country in the world? ›

  • New Zealand. #1 in Scenic. #11 in Best Countries Overall. ...
  • Greece. #2 in Scenic. #25 in Best Countries Overall. ...
  • Italy. #3 in Scenic. #14 in Best Countries Overall. ...
  • Switzerland. #4 in Scenic. #1 in Best Countries Overall. ...
  • Spain. #5 in Scenic. #16 in Best Countries Overall. ...
  • Norway. #6 in Scenic. ...
  • Australia. #7 in Scenic. ...
  • Ireland. #8 in Scenic.

What's the prettiest place in the world? ›

According to the study, the most beautiful place in the world is Peyto Lake in Canada. This natural wonder is known for its neon blue water surrounded by dazzling mountains.

Which country is the most beautiful? ›

Coming in at the top of the list as the most beautiful place on earth is Indonesia, which has a natural beauty score of 7.77 out of 10. Indonesia is home to more than 17,000 islands.

What is one place everyone should visit in their lifetime? ›

Cities you must visit once in your lifetime
  1. New York, New York, USA. And there's nothing quite like the big apple!
  2. Paris, France. Paris…. ...
  3. London, UK. ...
  4. Budapest, Hungary. ...
  5. St Petersburg, Russia. ...
  6. Marrakech, Morocco. ...
  7. Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. ...
  8. Florence, Italy. ...

Which place is peaceful? ›

There are many peaceful places in India, the place count starts with Silent Valley, Pangong Tsu, Gokarna, Cherrapunjee are few of them. Take time to relax because life is in a big rush! There are times when you just want to unwind and get away from your frantic daily routine.

Where should I go on holidays? ›

Top 10 Holiday Destinations
  • Lanzarote.
  • Malta.
  • Madeira.
  • Ibiza.
  • Antalya.
  • Cyprus.
  • Rhodes.
  • Jersey.

Can you wear shorts in Dubai? ›

Yes, women can wear shorts in Dubai as long as they are not too short. You can wear them at beaches or malls but you should avoid them at local markets and souks. It is mandatory in the water parks to wear any kind of swimwear. If the shorts fulfill the criteria of swimwear, it should not be a problem at all.

Why do people leave Dubai? ›

This is highly common among westerners due to the "Rich Arab" stereotypes. Expats from poor countries manage to generate low salaries but high enough compared to their home countries. They might survive harsh living environments in the UAE until the point they realize they can't do any better and then leave.

Can you drink alcohol in Dubai? ›

Alcohol. UAE Residents can drink alcohol at home and in licensed venues. Liquor licences are still required for Residents in Dubai but are no longer required for Residents in Abu Dhabi and other Emirates (save for Emirate of Sharjah) to purchase alcohol for personal consumption.

Which country in Africa is the safest? ›

The safest country in Africa, Mauritius also ranked as the 28th-safest country in the world in 2022. Mauritius is a multicultural island nation that is family-friendly and secure.

What is the safest city in South Africa? ›

Cape Town. Cape Town has experienced a rise in crime in certain districts recently. However, it still boasts some of the most desirable neighborhoods and remains the safest major city in South Africa.

Is Cape Town safe at night? ›

Is Cape Town safe at night? Unless you're staying in a resort, it is not safe to walk around at night in Cape Town. While touristy areas might be safer, you should definitely avoid going into dark side streets or quiet areas by yourself (or at all).

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