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Explore Readers Vote Australian Travel Destinations As Top Choice | South Coast Registry

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After months of deprivation, readers of Explore – the travel section of ACM – overwhelmingly said they were ready to travel again. An Explore online audience survey, conducted earlier this month, found that 90% of them are already planning their next vacation. Unsurprisingly, 73 percent said their first break would be in Australia. Explore editor-in-chief Peter Lynch said the poll found hotels and resorts to be family favorites, with 47% of 400 respondents rating them as preferred destinations. Airbnb and similar country home rentals garnered 20 percent of the votes. Although they are currently banned, cruising was a 31 percent popular choice. A quarter of those polled said they were ready to dust off their suitcases and take off for their next vacation – with Europe and the UK far ahead (65% of votes) of other overseas destinations . Catching up with loved ones after two years of separation during COVID lockdowns was the key factor in that result, Lynch said. Local holidays, however, have remained the big calling card for Explore readers – at least for now, he added. Three-quarters of those polled said NSW, Victoria or Queensland were high on their wish lists. The top five types of vacations, nominated in the Explore online survey were: Half of those polled said they were inspired by travel supplements and websites like Explore and to book vacations. The Explore Travel Supplement appears every Saturday in ACM’s daily newspapers: Canberra Times, Newcastle Herald, Illawarra Mercury, Wagga Daily Advertiser, Border Mail, Bendigo Advertiser, Ballarat Courier, Warrnambool Standard, Northern Daily Leader, Dubbo Daily Liberal, Central Western Daily, Bathurst Western Advocate, Launceston Examiner, and Burnie Advocate. Explore stories can also be found online at every ACM website (like this one) and at Follow Explore on Facebook and Instagram or sign up for a free weekly travel newsletter by visiting