Aussies crossing the ditch this Australia Day

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Finding a spot to lay your beach towel may not be so hard this Australia Day, with more Australians planning to celebrate the long weekend overseas, according to new research.

Skyscanner data found a 63 percent increase in outbound international searches on the long weekend compared to the same weekend last year, while domestic travel searches only increased by four percent for the same period.

Short haul travel was definitely top of the list, with New Zealand coming in first place, followed by Thailand and Indonesia.

Traditional Aussie tourist spots, the UK and the US, came in fourth and fifth most searched respectively, while travel to China increased 264 percent over the same period last year while Mexico jumped 233 percent.

According to a Roy Morgan survey, 58 percent of Australians planning to travel overseas booked online in the year to November 2012.

Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J
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