Strong dollar sends Aussies overseas

The strong Australian dollar has been encouraging record numbers of prepaid travel card holders overseas, according to new figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

As well as the country's resilient currency, cheap international flights have helped boost the number of jet-setters heading abroad as Aussies look for the best possible holiday deals they can find.

New Zealand and America were top destinations – the US alone saw its number of Australian visitors surge by 17 per cent.

South-east Asia was also popular and the turmoil in Europe has encouraged many travel debit card holders to take advantage of weakened overseas finances and the cheap deals that they result in.

Aussies have also been opting for cruises as they vie to make the most of the best exchange rates, according to Lynne Clarke, managing director of MSC Cruises Australia and New Zealand.

She claimed the trend for overseas travel will continue to gain momentum in 2012.

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