More than half the Australian population now owns a passport. As a nation, we took more than 10 million trips overseas between 2016 and 2017.
But it's a stark contrast to four decades ago, when UTS tourism lecturer David Beirman began his career in the tourism industry.
"In those days, about two million Australians were travelling internationally, and it was also quite an expensive thing to do," Dr Beirman recalls.
Dr Beirman says the cost of most airfares — both domestic and international — are now lower in real terms than they were in 1977.
"That's probably one of the reasons why we've seen this explosion in Australians travelling internationally," he says.
Domestic vs international travel
Are Australians transitioning away from the iconic coastal getaway, and opting for an adventure abroad instead?
According to Dr Bierman, in the 1950s and 1960s, a lot of Australian families went on beach holidays along the coast.
"We still see this a lot among family travellers today," he says.
"But because the cost of having a beach holiday in Bali, Fiji, Thailand, Malaysia or the Philippines is cheaper than having one 200 kilometres up the road from a capital city in Australia, many people are actually taking that option of having their holidays overseas."
Dr Bierman's sentiments are reflected in recent statistics from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's Consular State of Play report.
According to the report, in 2016 the most popular holiday destinations for Australians were New Zealand, Indonesia (including Bali), and the United States.
The report also showed that over the past five years, the number of Australians taking overseas trips has grown by about 5 per cent each year.
"By world standards we are among the greatest of world travellers," Dr Bierman says.
'It was most unusual to travel'
Flipping through the family photo album at her home in Blacktown, New South Wales, 69-year-old Veronica Webster is no stranger to holidays overseas — but it wasn't always so.
"I didn't go on a holiday overseas until I was married," she says.
"Our first major trip was in 1997 when we went to England. We drove ourselves around and then went on a bus trip around Europe … we had a wonderful time."
Mrs Webster says people are more willing to travel nowadays, whereas when she grew up in the country town of Berry, it was most unusual.
"Airflight wasn't as prevalent back then as it is today. You had to go by ship and it would take — if you were going overseas — six to eight weeks. Whereas now you can get there in 24 hours," she says.
The trip to the United Kingdom and Europe was her husband Leon Webster's first time travelling abroad too.
"As one of nine kids, I couldn't say we ever went on a family holiday with mum and dad. [They were] so busy trying to keep a house and food on the table for the kids," he says.
"But we did regularly visit relatives. But they were weekends, Easter and Christmas around the Christmas area.
"I think it all comes down to money. The emphasis these days isn't on having big families, so I guess there's a bit more disposable money to spend on holidays and things like travel in general."
'Logistics of getting young children on a plane'
Despite the continuing rise in international travel, Jonathon Hutchinson, based in Wollongong NSW, still enjoys holidaying on the coast.
The 41-year-old travelled abroad extensively in his 20s. But since starting a young family, he's begun opting for holidays at the beach.
"The sorts of holidays I go on with my family are quite similar to the holidays that I went on when I was young with my family," he says.
However, the father-of-three says he can see the appeal of an overseas getaway for Australian families living in regional and rural areas.
"From our perspective, because we live near the coast, it's not a huge expense for us to take a holiday on a coastal region," he says.
"We haven't done any holidays abroad [with the children] purely because of the logistics of getting three young children on a plane, international flights, jet lags — we just don't want to tackle that just yet.
"For us, we like to go to the coast and let the boys run around."
Work hard play hard mentality
Although more than 56 per cent of Australians now own a passport, David Beirman believes Australians are going on shorter holidays today than in the past.
"That's reflected by the product being offered by a lot of tour operators and travel agents and the online community," he says.
Rather than taking several weeks leave at once, he says, people are taking four to five days instead.
"In many cases, it's because there's sometimes concerns about job security, and it's interesting because we're supposed to be living in an age where there's more leisure time than ever. But, in fact … most Australians are working harder than they ever have," he says.
And while English-speaking countries and close neighbours like Bali remain highly popular destinations for Australians travelling internationally, Dr Beirman believes holiday destinations like South America, Africa, China, Russia and Iran will grow in popularity in the next decade.