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The Best Value Destinations for 2024

Saving money AND escaping Aus winter? Count us in.

If like us you just can't get over how dark and cold it is in Australia at the moment, topped with the fact winter only officially started this weekend it can be hard not to feel all the doom and gloom.

Well, feat not as Expedia has gone above and beyond to pinpoint the best value destinations you can visit to get some sun, soak in some culture all while saving your hard-earned Aussie dollars in the name of leaving winter behind.

This comes as one in three (35%) Australians reveal plans to travel internationally in 2024, with the majority prioritising destinations that offer good value for money (81%) and favourable exchange rates (69%). So they've created The Expedia Holiday Value Guide which overs international destinations across Asia, Europe, and Oceania. Combining the top international destinations for Australian travellers with average accommodation daily rates under $300**, the guide also looks at common traveller considerations including accessibility, along with experiences and activities on offer.

Japan with its favourable exchange rate, culture, culinary delights, and incredible natural beauty
topped the Expedia Holiday Value Guide, followed by Indonesia and Thailand. Nearly all the destinations featured on the list also happen to offer wallet-friendly exchange rates for Aussie travellers.
Sarah King, Expedia Travel Expert, said: “We’re seeing an appetite for international travel, however, Aussies are being savvy with their holiday choices and prioritising value for money and wallet-friendly destinations. Expedia’s Holiday Value Guide is designed to make travel planning easier, with destinations like Japan, Malaysia, and Vietnam offering unique experiences without breaking the budget."

Top 10 Best Value Destinations for 2024

1. Japan

Aussies can’t get enough of Japan’s beautiful and diverse history, with interest increasing up
between 110% and 155% across Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto. With more options to fly directly
between major cities of Australia and Japan and the strength of the Aussie dollar against the yen, it’s never been easier for travellers to visit. While the neon lights of the major cities are spectacular, digging deeper into the picturesque mountains and serene countryside provides a tranquil and unique holiday experience. Osaka priced at $222 offers the best value accommodation, followed by $252 in Kyoto and $293 in Tokyo.

2. Indonesia

Thanks to its proximity, food, culture, and friendly disposition, Indonesia has been an
Aussie favourite for offering long-time value for money. Also known as Bali’s “sister island,” Lombok is growing in popularity with interest increased by over 80%. Boasting pristine beaches, waterfalls and favoured surf spots, the tropical island is quieter than other parts of Indonesia and is perfect for those also wanting an off-the-beaten-track experience. Lombok, with rates at $173, beats its sister island Bali with accommodation prices at $189, which is still extremely competitive.

3. Thailand

With direct flights available from many parts of Australia, Thailand’s charm hasn’t faded
for travellers looking for a wallet-friendly destination, considering its blend of vibrant cosmopolitan cities with traditional heritage sites and stunning islands. A three-hour flight from Bangkok nestled in the scenic mountains of Northern Thailand, Chiang Mai is a must-visit for its rich culture, foodie night markets and historical temples, so it’s no surprise that interest in the city is up over 80%. The northern city of Chiang Mai priced at $105 offers the best value accommodation, followed by $182 in Phuket and $282 in Koh Samui.

4. Vietnam

Between its historical towns, breathtaking beaches, and iconic foodie culture, Aussies are
drawn to Vietnam as a value-driven holiday destination, particularly with direct flights available from some major Australian cities. Interest has increased to over 40% for those who love to explore Ho Chi Minh City’s colonial architecture and cityscape, or the tranquil beaches and centuries-old pagodas
in Da Nang. With its blended culture of Southeast Asian, Chinese, and French influences, interest in travelling to the capital Hanoi has also increased to over 65%. The capital city of Hanoi with rates at $135 offers the best value destination within, followed by $144 in Ho Chi Minh City and $158 in Da Nang.

5. South Korea

Combining natural wonders, an innovative food scene, chart-topping artists, and
centuries of tradition, Aussies can expect a dynamic experience when travelling in South Korea. Contrasted with the surrounding mountains, the buzzing, futuristic city of Seoul is gaining interest of over 50%, with direct flights available from many parts of Australia. As a peninsula, the country offers an abundance of beautiful coasts and incredible beaches for those wanting to escape the hustle and bustle of urban life. The capital city of Seoul offers rates at $240 making it one of the best value destinations.

6. Malaysia

Malaysia’s diverse cultural heritage provides travellers with a unique blend of traditions,
customs, landscapes, and food to experience. From the city skyline, world-class cuisine and high-end shopping, there are many direct flights from across Australia heading for the capital city Kuala Lumpur. A quick one-hour flight will send travellers to the colonial architecture, street markets and sacred sites of Penang, and with plenty for everyone to enjoy, interest in these cities increased by over 35%. Langkawi with rates of $123 offers the best value accommodation, followed by $164 in Kuala Lumpur and $187 on Penang.

7. New Zealand

Only a hop across the pond, New Zealand is a short flight away with so much to offer.
A natural paradise, the country boasts alpine peaks, geothermal attractions, and dramatic coastlines. Travelling thrill seekers will get a kick out of experiencing the many adventurous activities the destination has become well known for, including luging, bungee jumping, and white-water rafting. Holidaymakers can enjoy New Zealand all-year round, whether visiting the stunning ski slopes and beaches or devouring culinary delights after taking in the sites of Hobbiton. If you're not sure where to stay - Auckland is the best value destination priced at $223.

8. Philippines

Situated on the Pacific Ring of Fire and home to more than 7,000 islands, the Philippines is an archipelago offering an unparalleled experience with some of the world’s greatest biodiversity. With stunning white sand beaches, a rich cultural heritage and diverse culinary fare, a trip to this country is sure to have travellers coming back for more, with direct flights available from major Australian cities. Try a bite of balut, catch some waves in Siargao, snorkel beside the majestic whale sharks, or take in the sights of the locally named “8th Wonder of the World,” the Banaue rice terraces. Make sure you check out the capital city of Manila with rates at $151 or for something slightly more Boracay Island is $229.

9. Turkey

Known for its rich history, culture, and unique cuisine, Turkey’s rising popularity draws in
crowds with its year-round sunshine making it the perfect European summer getaway. From exploring the ancient ruins to decompressing in the famous Turkish baths to getting the best bird’s-eye view from a hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia, Turkey is a standout destination to visit, especially for Aussie holidaymakers looking to add a budget-friendly country to their European itinerary. The capital city of Istanbul with rates at $215 offers the best value destination. Not only will you make a saving but enjoy it's rich coffee and night culture, ice creams and jacket potatoes as you breeze through the city.

10. Greece

Blessed with more than 3,000 hours of sunshine per year, Greece offers a combination of rich ancient history, dynamic culture, and mesmerising landscapes. The Cyclades islands, known for idyllic beaches, vibrant nightlife, delicious Mediterranean cuisine, and eye-catching architecture, have shown an increased interest of over 65%. Dubbed a “destination dupe” for the tourist-favourite island of Santorini, Paros is a particular hidden gem — long, sandy beaches and traditional Cycladic aesthetics provide a great option for travellers to add to an island-hopping adventure. The Cyclades islands including destinations like Santorini, Mykonos, and Paros with rates at $255 offer the best value destination

If you want to escape the cold and visit a great value destination, head to the Expedia app or to book your next escape.


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