Monday, October 30, 2017

Day 2931 - Travel Tales

Do you travel much?

A collage created of last year's trips
We travel a lot.  Whether it be to the other side of the world or two hours down the road to the coast. We like to escape.

I've recently started a travel page on my blog to capture all the experiences in one place. It's definitely a work in progress and I hope to see the destinations grow in the coming years. 

You can check it out here. 

The big question for me today is: What is it with Aussies and travel?  Specifically, what is it with Aussies and travelling overseas?

We seem to have a reputation for buggering off.  Go anywhere in the world and I can pretty much guarantee there'll be an Aussie there. 

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) last year there were 37.7 million crossings of Australia's international borders.  Of that just under half of the total movements were departures from Australia (18.7 million) comprised of 9.9 million Australian residents departing on short-term trips.

Given the Australian population is currently at 24.3 million, that means that 40% of our population went overseas last year.

Now this isn't an exact science of course.  Those departures could have been made up of people doing multiple trips (I personally went overseas four times last year).  But you get the general idea and the point I'm trying to prove is that Aussies love to travel.

Why do Australians travel so much?

I've done a bit of research and this is what I've come up with:

  • Finances:  Comparatively speaking, Australia is one of the richest countries in the world.  We can afford to splash out on travel
  • Location:  Being so isolated we can't just hop across the border to experience a new culture, we physically have no choice but to get on a bloody big plane and fly for an eternity.  So we do!
  • Time:  We seem to have more vacation time available to us with a minimum of four weeks a year making overseas travel and long junkets within Oz more accessible. 
  • Mindset:  Australians on average tend to "work to live" rather than "live to work".  We have a mindset of living life to the full.
  • Culture:  Travel has become part of our culture and with so many of our residents from culturally diverse backgrounds, overseas travel is an essential part of people "finding themselves".

On my travel page I preface it with "Travel opens the mind, nurtures the heart, feeds the brain, awakens the spirit and helps us to feel younger."

I believe that and for me it's definitely a big part of my aging positively philosophy.

Do you travel much?

Why do you think Australians on the whole are big travellers?  

Are you planning your next trip?


  1. I think it's a cultural thing. We have for most of last century so it's just something we do. I also think we undervalue our own culture so we see everyone else's as more exciting - so we go to see it.

    1. I totally agree with this point. We don’t buy Aussie-made cars even, and now have no car manufacturers at all. We would much rather drive European ones. Quite sad really.

  2. Travel really does do all the things you write of, Leanne. Especially the parts about awakening the spirit and helping us feel younger. I love to travel alone and the solitude in a new location always does me good.

    SSG xxx

  3. I would love to travel more. Kids make things very expensive. I do love travelling in Australia. The NT has so much culture from Koori's, it’s like going elsewhere.
    I would like to go to London but illness has me now bolted-down for good.

  4. I haven't traveled as much as an adult as I did as a kid but it does sit in the back of my head begging for attention.

  5. I think the urge to travel to other places, for most of us is in our genes. The vast majority of New Zealanders and Australians are originally from a northern hemisphere country, so it's only natural that the next generations want to travel and see where they came from. It's along time now since I've done any oversea's travel, but I would love to go back to some of the places I visited in my early 20's and also more that i've heard about since. Even going to a different town or city not that far from home gives me a buzz.

  6. No, I don't travel much. Mainly because of lack of funds... The only trip I am currently planning is a road trip with my mum to Wagga Wagga to visit relatives. But I enjoy that, so all good. And since my 78 and 76 year old parents just came back from Malta, maybe there's hope I'll make it overseas eventually!

  7. I am interested now to know what the UK percentage is because I don't know anyone who doesn't travel abroad at least once a year and often more - plenty to exotic locations. Like you we have a lot of holidays though we no longer seem to be able to get the cheap flights that sent us abroad in the first place so maybe it's changing? I liked in the states for 12 years and hardly anyone I knew travelled - but a lot only had two weeks holiday so it's not surprising really.

  8. When I lived and worked in Australia, I'd save all my leave and go for a five week holiday in Europe or somewhere else overseas as often as possible. I think because we feel like we're so far away from the rest of the world, we need to go see it.

  9. Many of your readers seem to think, as I do, that we travel OS because we can and we need to. We are a unique place alright here but considering the white contribution to Australia is not many centuries old, those of of with Anglo-history, in my case, want to see 'where we came from'. I haven't YET but would like to think I have not run out of time (finances are the reason really). I do think though that to have a greater appreciation of Australia's original inhabitants every Aussie needs to travel more in Aus to learn more. We did as we taught and lived in Aboriginal communities in NSW. Thank you for linking up for #lifethisweek 42/52. Next week: Meditation. Yay or Nay.


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