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5 Long Haul Getaways Under $1000

If you like your travel to be dotted across timezones, no need to let cash hold you back. What used to be luxury travel is now, thanks to young travellers, a pastime of the masses. According to Cheapflights data, 82 % of Aussie searchers look to destinations of 6+ hours flight time, over short haul adventures (18 %).

Nathan Graham, Regional Sales Manager at Cheapflights ANZ, says long haul travel is no longer a bucket list item. Why? Graham notes,“This is largely driven by new airlines entering the market with aggressive pricing strategies aimed at gaining quick market share, forcing the opposition to also adjust their fares to compete.”

We’re certainly not complaining about the deals. With a little saved up leave you can be up, up and far away. Those bitten by the travel bug and itching to get abroad, put these destinations on your map.

#1 USA

Ranking number one among savvy searchers, the ‘Trump factor’ has failed to dampen the spirits of Aussies in search of all things ‘Murica. With flights as low as $900 return to LA, it’s the perfect launchpad to a road trip along famous highways or city-hop west to east. Perhaps you’re keen to eat your way around the fine United States? Aren’t we all. Flights to Hawaii are also awesomely affordable at the moment, in case it’s a relaxing escape you’re after. The Aussie dollar is expected to jump to above 80 US cents too, making every vacation splurge that much more justified.

#2 China

The wonders of our northern neighbour are the second most pursued according to Cheapflights. The Great Wall, the hustle and unrivalled bustle of densely populated cities or the preserved terracotta warriors of a time past, it’s all just a flight away. Natural wonders abound, picture perfect pandas and an enormous regional cuisine offering, for as little as $305 return. Seriously. Why not venture to Hong Kong while abroad? Since you’re in holiday mode and all.

#3 India

The Taj Mahal may be the first thing that comes to mind, in all it’s massive, veneered beauty. But India is a colourful destination overflowing with culture. From temples to darjeeling and every vibrant market in between, $596 return is an investment in a trip to remember. It’s third on the list among Cheapflights searchers, so you know it’s worth an exploration.

#4 Japan

Fast becoming a must for Aussie travellers in search of fresh powder or cultural immersion, Japan is a destination that will wow you. Thanks to this wash of travellers and travel to the region in hot demand, the flights are very reasonable for a quick jaunt abroad. From $645 return you’ll be slurping noodles and bowing in traditional dress while the cherry blossoms flutter in the wind. Go on, submit your leave.

#5 Europe

Europe? Cheap? You’ve got to be joking. The good news is you can get flights to the fine continent of plentiful wine and excellent parties for less than a grand. The bad news is, there’s no excuse not to go now. Flying into Amsterdam or Athens instead of usual hub London will save you plenty when venturing on a Euro trip. As little as $932 return to the Netherlands for canal side adventures or to the Greek isles for under $1100. Get packing.

Image source: Annchovie, GA Adventures, Hungry Partier, Tuula Vintage, Gary Pepper Girl.

Flight prices mentioned are departing from Sydney and are correct at time of publish. 

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