More than one in four Americans are skipping a summer vacay this year as they just can’t afford it, while many others find it tough to take time off work. However, if there were no travel constraints like paid time off work or spending money, American travelers know precisely where they’d wish to go. The No. 1 dream Vacay destination they’d wish to visit is Australia. That’s in keeping with Vrbo’s 1st U.S. Traveler Survey that asked 1,067 adult American travelers of their preferences and reasons for travel.
For the survey, thirteen percent of all respondents selected Australia as their prime dream destination. Broken down by age bracket, five percent of Millennials (ages 18 to 34) surveyed selected Australia, as did fifteen percent of Generation X (ages 35 to 54) and nineteen percent of Baby Boomers (ages 55 and over).
While Australia was the highest dream destination, home and vacation rental company Vrbo points out it absolutely was the eighteenth most visited destination by American travelers in 2018.
According to Vrbo, “The disparity between dream and reality signals that barriers of time and money are the deciding factors for whether or not Americans will take a dream vacation.” The company says this statement holds true for each age group except 37% of Millennials, who are the group most likely to go into debt for travel compared to 27% of Gen X-ers and 15% of Baby Boomers.
In 2018, the U.S. was Australia’s third largest market for visitors, and also the second largest market for total traveler spend, according to Tourism Australia. The top six states American guests are traveling from are Florida, Texas, New York, Washington, Illinois, and California.
According to Tourism Australia, the top Australian city visited is Sydney. Sydney is known for its beaches, cosmopolitan city center and the Sydney Opera House on the harbor. The metro ranked twenty fourth in TripAdvisor’s top twenty five Destinations in the World.
For other well-liked spots, Melbourne, Australia ranked the second most livable city in the world, according to the Global Liveability Index and is considered a prime cultural destination in the country. Specifically, Melbourne is known for its street art, galleries and museums, in addition to its food scene.
The New York Times’ annual “52 Places to Go” list for 2019 ranked Northern Rivers in New South Wales, Australia 29th, with accolades for its lush coastline and breezy Boho way of life. Northern Rivers is home to the well-liked surf and beach town of Byron Bay.
Perth, Australia, ranked No. 26 on National Geographic’s Best Trips 2019 list. Due to its remote location, the list called Perth “a best-kept secret” with “otherworldly red rock formations and gorgeous coastal cliffs.”
Italy was the second most-selected dream destination with 11% of the votes according to Vrbo’s survey. The survey additionally found that Internet and WiFi is the most significant amenity for American travelers of all ages when considering lodging, beating out TV and air-conditioning.
Almost half of Millennials (45%) said they’re going to travel purely for exploration in 2019, whereas Gen X-ers (20%) will travel for a special occasion this year. Vrbo’s survey was conducted among U.S. adults who have traveled for leisure in 2018 and planned on traveling for leisure in 2019.