Plus, the top overseas destinations for Australians.
More and more people want to leave a positive impact in the regions they visit. And travel companies are listening. A case in point? Paul Gauguin Cruises, which is marking 25 years of operation in French Polynesia with a collaboration with the local government. As part of the healthcare initiative, doctors onboard the Paul Gauguin ship will offer volunteer consultations to locals in remote ports. The ship will also offer free transport to other healthcare professionals approved by the government to some of the region's most isolated islands. Feel-good travel never felt better. au.ponant.com/paul-gauguin
Meanwhile, if you're getting super organised when it comes to international travel, then you're not alone. According to new data from Webjet, Australians are booking overseas holidays 81 days in advance in 2023, as opposed to 53 days in 2022. Overseas travel is experiencing a steep increase, too, accounting for 17 per cent of total bookings this year compared with 11 per cent last year. Auckland, Bali, London, Queenstown and Christchurch are the top five international destinations. Meanwhile, there's some news on the domestic front, too, with 66 per cent of respondents in a survey conducted by Camplify saying they'll be taking a holiday this spring to alleviate stress, many citing a road trip as the best way to do so.
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