Asia at top of Bundy's itinerary
A SENSE of wanderlust and a strong Aussie dollar is sending many Bundaberg people overseas on holidays - but it might also be putting a few foreign travellers off from visiting our own shores.
Bundaberg travel agents say Asian destinations such as Thailand and Bali are high on the agenda for Bundy jetsetters in 2012, closely followed by Fiji, Europe and North America.
Harvey World Travel Bundaberg office manager Jenny Gregg said while the floods of more than a year ago may have kept some away from Bundaberg, it also could have sent our own residents in search of new horizons.
"I think the floods gave people a different perspective on life and they want to make the most of their break," Ms Gregg said.
She said river cruising had been the most popular holiday for locals, largely due to their value and convenience.
"European river cruising has been very popular, and Canada and the USA has been sought after due to the dollar being so favourable," she said.
A spokesman from Harvey World Travel said Bundaberg was reflecting general Australian trends, with cruising in vogue nationwide.
He added our strong dollar was encouraging a second round of early bird bookings for this year, as people planned their Easter and September getaways.
Tracey Amos, from Flight Centre Sugarland, said the current price war between Virgin Blue and Qantas had benefited travellers and led to Australians seeing a lot more of their own country.
"Tasmania is hot at the moment," Ms Amos said.
"Melbourne is not far behind, as last year's Tutankhamen exhibition, which finished in December, saw many of us making the trip down."
Bundaberg North Burnett Tourism general manager James Corvan said while the strong dollar was great for international travelling, it could have the opposite effect on local tourism.
"There are fewer backpackers coming to the region, but those who are coming are staying longer to work," he said.
"Bundaberg is lucky in the sense that we have work for tourists, so we have still done relatively well."
He said Bundaberg was also fortunate enough to have a major tourist attraction such as the turtles at Mon Repos, and he encouraged locals to support their own tourism.
Most popular Australian destinations for Bundaberg travellers:
Most popular type of holiday:
River cruising - especially for people who are seeking a quick getaway. European and Vietnam cruises have been the most popular so far this year.