What to add to your travel wish list
Online travel specialist Expedia give their picks for the hottest travel destinations to put on your wish list for 2013.
The classic Kiwi vacation spots will continue to grow, however Kiwis will start looking at exploring further afield, at places like Byron Bay, the New South Wales South Coast, Victoria's Great Ocean Road, Tropical North Queensland, Mt Tamborine and Mt Barney.
Kiwi travellers have already started staying outside the usual CBD hotspots, in places like Sydney's Manly and Surry Hills, Queensland's Broadbeach and Burleigh, and Melbourne's St Kilda. They're beginning to know Oz as well as the Aussies!
The US will continue to grow as a holiday destination for Kiwis. Hawaii especially is experiencing huge demand. It is a really diverse destination that offers travellers the opportunity to drop and flop, then shop their hearts out at the huge malls. Discount shopping can have you coming home with a new wardrobe for you and the family at a fraction of the cost.
Bali is the wild card! Air New Zealand started flying to Bali earlier this year and while the initial growth has been modest we expect it to grow in 2013. This typically Aussie destination has a lot to offer a traveller looking for beaches, culture and great food.
There are some great hotels opening that appeal very much to the cosmopolitan traveller: W, Double Six and Anantara to name a few. If you are after culture rather than cocktails, head up to Ubud and experience stunning mountain vistas and more lo-fi accommodation.
Thailand is a Kiwi fave which is set to grow again in 2013.
Sri Lanka is one destination that will put you ahead of the game. It's where we Expedians are heading in 2013 to see what all the fuss is about. Everyone is talking about this destination and its rich history, wild animals, tea trails, stunning beaches and food that has gourmet travellers raving.
The Middle East holds much appeal for the Kiwi traveller. Dubai's diverse culture and more shopping than you can handle make it a great stop-over option on your way to or from Europe.
Expedia's top destinations in 2012:
3 New York
6 San Francisco
7 Cook Islands
8 Las Vegas
9 Gold Coast
10 French Polynesia
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