Does Your Favourite Travelling Destination Depends On Your Residence?

By Joanne Miller, 23 August, 2016

You would expect certain travel destinations to be at the top of everyone’s list. However, if you speak to people from different countries, you will most likely find that their favorite holiday destinations differ. So, is there any reason why certain travel spots are more popular with Australians than they are with Americans?

We take a look at some of the top holiday destinations around the world, and what makes them so popular with certain nationalities.


One of the things Australians are known for around the world is their love of travel. So, where exactly are they going? Well, it would appear that most Australians prefer traveling to summer destinations, with New Zealand coming top of the list.

Here is the list of top 10 locations Australians visit:

  1. New Zealand

  2. Indonesia

  3. The United States of America

  4. The United Kingdom, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man

  5. Thailand

  6. China

  7. Singapore

  8. Fiji

  9. India

  10. Japan

When you look at the list, it’s clear to see that Australians prefer traveling to South-East Asia and the Asia-Pacific region more so than anywhere else. The reason for this is easy to understand; traveling there is cheaper and more convenient thanks to the relative proximity of these countries. When you only have limited holidays to take, the last thing you want is to spend all of your time traveling!


If we look at recent statistics, it’s clear to see that more Asians are journeying abroad than ever before. Reasons for this include years of rapid economic growth, paired with simplified visa applications, making it much easier to travel.

The top 10 outbound travel destinations for China in the first half of 2015 were:

  1. South Korea

  2. Taiwan

  3. Japan

  4. Hong Kong

  5. Thailand

  6. France

  7. Italy

  8. Switzerland

  9. Macau

  10. Germany

Travel China Guide predicts that there will be a substantial increase in outbound tourism thanks to more favorable visa policies and the rise in the number of international flights in operation. Currently, the list is still dominated by Asia, but we may see a change following changes in visa policies. We can see how convenience is a major factor influencing people’s chosen holiday destinations.


Based on the travel trends of those from Australia and Asia, we can see a bit of a pattern emerging. Residents tend to choose countries a little closer to home, so is the same true for Europeans?

The top five holiday destinations for Europeans are:

  1. Spain

  2. France

  3. Italy

  4. Germany

  5. Austria

In the survey produced by the European Commission, it also found that 57% of residents went on holiday in their own country, 54% in an EU country, and 27% somewhere outside the EU. When taking a closer look, we can see that residents prefer visiting neighboring countries, to other places in the EU.


Neighboring countries appear high on the list for Australians, Europeans, and Asians, and it’s no different for Americans. Mexico and Canada come in at the top of the list, which should come as no surprise when you consider how much easier and cheaper it is to get to these countries compared to anywhere else.

These are the top 10 countries traveled to by Americans:

  1. Mexico

  2. Canada

  3. U.K.

  4. Dominican Republic

  5. France

  6. Italy

  7. Germany

  8. Jamaica

  9. China

  10. Spain

Mexico is particularly popular with Americans, with a recorded 26 million visits from Americans in 2013. Compare this to Canada (15.4m) and the next country on the list (the UK with 3.5m), and you can see just how much more popular it is. Proximity is one thing, but the sunny weather and beautiful beaches also likely have a part to play. After all, most people seem to prefer sunny holiday destinations, no matter what part of the world they are from!

In Conclusion

No matter where you live, one of the main factors influencing your favorite travel destination will be convenience. Whether it’s more convenient due to the distance, the visa policies, or the number of available flights, it makes a big difference when it comes to choosing one holiday spot over another.

It makes sense that you would choose to travel somewhere a little closer to home if it is cheaper and easier to get to. Does this reflect how you select your holiday destinations?