'Show-off Aussies' love to travel abroad

Nine million Aussies will take an overseas holiday in the next financial year, according to the Tourism Forecasting Committee.

This is up from eight million previously and chairman of the committee Bernard Salt told the News Limited Network there is a "show-off factor" that encourages people from down under to take exotic trips abroad.

"Give an Australian half a chance and they will take an overseas trip every time," he remarked.

Mr Salt insisted that it wasn't just the strong Aussie dollar that is prompting more people to take a foreign holiday, but the increasing number of airlines serving the country has also helped.

"If the planes have empty seats then the airlines reduce the prices in order to fill them," he was quoted as saying.

Although it has been riding high throughout 2012, the Aussie dollar has gone through a bit of a rocky patch in recent weeks, which is bad news for travellers searching for the best exchange rates.

That said, Aussies can still get 64 British pence for their dollar and 79 cents when purchasing euros.

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