It’s that time of year when many women are expecting to get a nice tax refund and what better way to spend it than on travel.
With the average Australian set to score $2,112 on their tax return, there are an array of destinations across the globe that won’t break the bank.
The travel experts KAYAK.com.au have done the maths and rounded up the five holiday destinations that will make your mid-year windfall stretch even further.
A country where ancient traditions combine with an electric modern culture, India continues to entice intrepid Aussies looking for a down-to-earth getaway.
For Aussies who have their sights set outside the regular tourist hotspots, India offers a range of budget-friendly experiences that will promise to be absurd, exciting and memorable.
Those wanting to explore India off the beaten track should visit Varanasi, a pilgrim city of great culture and antiquity, which offers an untouched and intimate look at the country.
The Australian Dollar fairs well against the Indian Rupee, so Aussies can expect their tax return to stretch even further.
Frequently described as a ‘tropical state of mind,’ Bali continues to be among Aussie’s favourite destinations to explore.
From the rice fields in Ubud to bustling city streets of Seminyak, Bali has a range of options to cater for every type of traveller.
The oya Devasya natural hot springs, in Kintamani, offers uncompromised views of Mount Batur, for no cost and continues to attract travellers from all walks of life.
With super cheap flights and competitive accommodation, Bali offers Aussies great bang for buck all year round.
A country known for its constant reinvention, Japan continues to offer world-class holiday experiences for every traveller.
Outside of the bustling city of Tokyo, Japan is a country filled with cities and towns rich with ancient and imperial history.
Fushimi Inari-Taisha, a shrine nestled among a thickly wooded mountain, is just one of many attractions in Japan ideal for nature walkers and adventurers.
With the Australian Dollar currently trading strongly against the Yen, the Land of the Rising Sun is one of the most affordable destinations Australians can travel to this winter.
With over 7,000 islands to choose from, Australians are spoilt for choice when it comes to holidaying in the Philippines.
Whether diving through the remote reefs at Apo Island or Balicasag, or unwinding in the stunning scenery of mountains in Batanes, there really is something for everyone.
For surfers looking to set their sights on conquering the biggest waves in the world, Siargao is home to the world-renowned surfing wave, Cloud 9.
5) Sri Lanka
Located to the south of India in the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka is an island cloaked in lush vegetation and steeped in history, with ruins dating back more than 2,000 years.
The Dambulla Buddha caves are filled with Buddha statues and cave paintings; providing visitors with an enchanting journey into Sri Lanka’s vibrant culture.
Lesser known destinations, such as Uppuveli and Nilaveli, are both close to Trincomalee on the north east, and will help you unwind from the mainlands.