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Schoolies take the party to new destinations

Young Australians are more keen than ever to celebrate the end of their studies with an international getaway, according to new figures.

Young Australians are more keen than ever to celebrate the end of their studies with an international getaway, according to new figures.

 

Australia’s lead provider for school leaders overseas travel packages, Unleashed Travel, says it sold nearly 1,400 holidays within the first 15 minutes of their release to the public.

The company said in addition to heading overs, young Australians are also keen to getaway from traditional spots.

For 2016, there was a considerable spike in island hopping in Fiji, which is up 35 percent compared to bookings for 2015.

Image: Syda Productions/Shutterstock

Image: Syda Productions/Shutterstock

European coach travel has more than doubled in capacity – up 150 percent.

“Europe is now a real option for schoolies and bookings for 2016 are already flowing a year and half out.”

Jot Lynas, Unleashed Travel CEO

And young travellers are also keen on experiencing Vanuatu, with Unleashed Travel reporting large bookings on the newly launched Vanuatu Adventure Grad Trip.

The company says school leavers that book this getaway will experience a transformed Hideaway Island in Vanuatu.

It will offer an intimate party haven with 130 school-leavers exclusively filling the resort.

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There will also be snorkel tours, scuba diving trips to the coral gardens along with Mele village and Cascade Falls tours.

Mr Lynas said within three weeks of launching packages, the company already has a waiting list of students built up.

He added that it was ‘encouraging’ to see teens turn away from anti-social behaviour in the Gold Coast and Bali for destinations that offer new cultures and rewarding golidays.

“Not every teen wants to spend a whole week avoiding creepy toolies and nursing a constant hangover, which is why these packages are becoming so popular.

Jot Lynas, Unleashed Travel CEO

What other destinations do you think school leavers would be keen on trying?