Holiday bucket list: Where Aussies are desperate to travel


Here’s some of the getaways people are planning for the new year, from a report by Expedia, Wotif and Stayz.

Aussies will be saying “no” to normal, breaking routines and searching for experiences without compromises, according to the trends that have been sourced from Expedia Group data and research from thousands of travellers and industry professionals across 17 countries, which prove there is no “one-size-fits-all” travel in 2023.

From Sydney making a comeback and being the only Aussie city to break into the top 10 culture capitals of the world, to television series and movies showcasing enticing destinations influencing where we book our next holiday, here are Expedia Group’s Unexpected Travel Trends for 2023: 

Concrete holidays
Sydney city aerial view. Sydney CBD, Central Business District from above. Sydney downtown top view | Image supplied by Expedia

Aussies are ready to explore the bright lights and culinary delights across Australia’s capital cities, with 60% planning to stay in a city hotel in 2023.

New Zealand | Image supplied by Expedia

69% of Aussie travellers have considered travelling to a destination after seeing it featured on a streaming show or movie.

Culture Capitals
Grattan Bridge in Dublin, Ireland | Image supplied by Expedia

After two years of visiting national parks and nature reserves, the city is calling.

Yarramalong | Image supplied by Expedia

Looking for more than traditional amenities, families are looking for outdoor kitchens, professional coffee machines, and even air fryers.

Morpeth | Image supplied by Expedia

Rustic getaways are on the rise, as travellers crave private holiday homes in the Aussie countryside.