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Aussies’ top holiday destinations revealed

December 18, 2023 3 mins read
Beatrice Hetrel (jumping) and friend Amy Hunt (in water) pack their bags for a summer holiday.

Indonesia is just the ticket when it comes to top international holiday spots for Aussies, followed by the USA and New Zealand, Bupa Travel Insurance data reveals.

 

Suitcases are also being packed for long-haul flights to the UK, along with closer, more tropical destinations, Thailand, and Fiji, to soak up the sun.

 

The travel insurance data, based on Bupa customers' travel cover, also reveals lost luggage and lost or stolen personal items are among most frequently claimed items, followed by medical and hospital expenses and claims associated with interrupted travels plans including, travel delays, alternative transport, cancellation fees and lost deposits.

 

Affordability and the party islands in Indonesia, like Bali, make it a top holiday hotspot for some of those aged under 20 while those aged between 40 and 50 are opting to relax in Fiji and Thailand.

 

But the data also shows Aussies continue to enjoy exploring their own backyard with Australia coming in fifth of countries visited.

 

The 21-25 age group are the most frequent flyers to the USA for its bright lights and Hollywood appeal, while Japan and the Philippines are most popular for those aged 56-65.

 

Bupa General Insurance General Manager Shannon Orbons said the data showed Aussies of all ages were keen to explore the world and travel, especially after not being able to during the pandemic.

 

“When you’re on holidays sunning yourself on a beach, walking through New York City or skiing your way through New Zealand, your travel insurance can be just as important as your passport as it can cover you for those unexpected moments,” he said.

 

“While we often think ‘that won’t happen to me’, holidays don’t always go according to plan with cancelled or delayed flights, lost baggage, or even a car or motorbike accident that may put you in an international hospital.”

 

Mr Orbons said medical cover was one of the main reasons people took out travel insurance as the Federal Government does not cover overseas medical bills.

 

“When you’re on holiday, you want peace of mind you’re covered when something goes wrong, and not left with a hospital bill of up to tens of thousands of dollars,” he said.

 

The travel data also shows that currently, holidays between six to 10 days were most common followed by two-week vacations, and most people took out travel insurance two weeks before flying out or even just the day before.

 

 

TOP 10 HOLIDAY SPOTS

  1. INDONESIA
  1. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
  1. NEW ZEALAND
  1. UNITED KINGDOM
  1. AUSTRALIA
  1. THAILAND
  1. FIJI
  1. SINGAPORE
  1. JAPAN
  1. PHILIPPINES

 

FREQUENTLY CLAIMED ITEMS

  • LUGGAGE & PERSONAL ITEMS
  • MEDICAL/HOSPITAL EXPENSES
  • CANCELLATION FEES/LOST DEPOSITS
  • TRAVEL DELAY
  • ALTERNATIVE TRANSPORT EXPENSES
  • EMERGENCY DENTAL EXPENSES
  • MEDICAL EXPENSES - SICKNESS
  • THEFT OF CASH ON PERSONS

 

* Travel insurance data, based on Bupa Travel Insurance customers' travel cover during July 2022 and January 2023

ENDS

NOTES TO EDITOR:

 

Picture free for use: High res available.

Caption: Beatrice Hetrel (jumping) and friend Amy Hunt (in water) pack their bags for a summer holiday.

Credit: Alex Coppel

 

 

For more information, please contact:
Aleks Devic                               
Senior Manager External Communications, Bupa                              
Email: aleks.devic@bupa.com.au

 


 

About Bupa Asia Pacific

Bupa is an international healthcare group which has been committed to a purpose of helping people live longer, healthier, happier lives and making a better world for more than 70 years.

Bupa Asia Pacific operates in Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong, supporting about 7.3 million customers through a broad range of health and care services including health insurance, aged care, dental, medical, optical and hearing services.

Employing more than 22,000 people in the region, we believe that we can make a real difference to the lives of customers through our values, purpose and the way that we deliver personalised care.

Over the past 17+ years we have invested more than AUD$36 million in partnerships and programs focused on improving health of communities across Australia.

 

* Any advice is general only and does not take into account your personal circumstances. Bupa, Open and AGA receive a percentage of the premium as commission. Before purchasing, consider the Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) at bupatravelinsurance.com.au/pds and Financial Services Guide (FSG) at bupatravelinsurance.com.au/fsg. Target Market Determination (TMD) is available at bupatravelinsurance.com.au/tmd.

Bupa Travel Insurance is distributed by Bupa HI Pty Ltd (Bupa), an authorised representative of Open Insurance Pty Ltd, AFSL 451712 (Open). Open arranges this insurance as agent for AWP Australia Pty Ltd, AFSL 245631 trading as Allianz Global Assistance (AGA). AGA issues and manages travel insurance as agent for the insurer Allianz Australia Insurance Ltd, AFSL 234708. Terms, conditions, limits and exclusions apply. Any advice is general only and does not take into account your personal circumstances. Bupa, Open and AGA receive a percentage of the premium as commission. Before purchasing, consider the Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) and Financial Services Guide (FSG). Target Market Determination (TMD) available at bupatravelinsurance.com.au/tmd.

 

 

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