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The top six places to visit when the world opens for travel again

Ahh, overseas holidays. Remember them?

Lazy days on exotic tropical beaches. Delicious cuisine that you can never recreate at home. Arguments over proper plane etiquette (middle seat gets the armrest ALWAYS).

As the world looks to open back up, it's time to dust off your travel bucket list and start planning a holiday, with our top six places to go once overseas travel starts again.

New Zealand

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With some international travel restrictions slowly easing, New Zealand is set to be top of the list for many Australians looking to travel overseas. And, as much as it may be just a short flight across the ditch, don't underestimate our Kiwi friends.

New Zealand, like Australia, is a land of extremes – so extreme that you can ski on an active volcano near Taupo, bathe in bubbling geothermal mud in Rotorua, hike over the ice of the Frans Josef Glacier or bungee jump off a bridge in Queenstown.

But even if you're not the thrill-seeking type, there's still plenty to explore in New Zealand. From the Hobbiton movie set in Wellington to immersive Maori cultural experiences and beautiful beaches and waterways, you'll find heaps of ways to fall in love with the Land of the Long White Cloud.

Indonesia

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Everyone's got a mate who's dying to get back to Bali. We don't blame them, Bali is beautiful! But why not take the time to discover the other hidden gems Indonesia has to offer.

Take in the culture and cool mountain air of Central Java's Dieng Plateau, visit the dragons' den of Komodo National Park or experience some of the best diving on earth in the turquoise lagoons of Raja Ampat.

And if you're still craving a bit of Bali, try Lombok instead. With white, sandy beaches and jaw-dropping landscapes, this volcanic island is often compared to Bali before the tourists descended – and since it's still relatively unknown, you're likely to score a sweet hotel deal, plus cashback.

Singapore

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Two words. Chilli. Crab. The flight to Singapore is worth it just for the food alone, but once you drag yourself away from the famous restaurants and night markets, there's a whole world still to explore in this compact island country.

Start by getting your bearings at the Marina Bay Sands Observation Deck before wandering through the Gardens of the Bay and catching your breath at the world's tallest indoor waterfall. Order a Singapore Sling at the iconic Raffles Hotel and visit the historic temples of Chinatown. Take in an evening of entertainment at Clarke Quay or get a peek at nocturnal jungle life with a Night Safari. Feeling tired yet? It's time to relax at Sentosa Island, Singapore's very own paradise beach resort.

As you can see, you won't be short on options in Singapore. But if you only do one thing during your trip? Make sure it involves eating.

Fiji

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Few places sum up idyllic island life quite as well as Fiji. The palm-fringed beaches and calm waters of Viti Levu will not disappoint! But to take your experience to the next level, spend some time cruising the Mamanuca and Yasawa Islands to reach remote stretches of sand and local villages away from the crowds.

There's also plenty of main island activities to keep adventure-seekers entertained. Try the adrenaline-highs of Pacific Harbour or maybe the shark dives in the Beqa Lagoon? If you're really looking for a thrill, you can go whitewater rafting through the rainforest on the Navua River.

After all that activity, you'll need somewhere to completely relax and unwind. Treat yourself to one of those overwater bungalows you've been dreaming of – you've earned it.

Taiwan

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After a quick and efficient response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Taiwan is pitched to be a country that may open its borders early to international travellers. Luckily for us Aussies, that means we could get an opportunity to explore a land that's full of surprises – and one that surely won't fly under the radar of Westerners for much longer.

What Taiwan lacks in size, it more than makes up for in experiences, from remote islands to buzzing cities, famous food markets, quirky villages and the highest mountain range in Northeast Asia.

Just make sure to leave plenty of time to explore further afield after your flight to Taipei has touched down.

Australia

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We know you've been itching to travel overseas, but right here in Australia is one of the best places to explore! And with no tourists to contend with, there's never been a better time to wander your own back yard, whether it's for a weekend away or the trip of a lifetime.

Get acres of space to call your own in the Northern Territory, come face-to-face with majestic whale sharks in Western Australia's Ningaloo Reef or step back in time in the prehistoric Daintree Rainforest in Tropical North Queensland (just watch out for those pesky crocs).

Wherever you go and whatever you do, make sure you take advantage of a great accommodation deal – like cashback plus free cancellations on most rooms with Booking.com. What are you waiting for?

Book your next trip with Cashrewards and enjoy top deals plus cashback

We don't know exactly when Australians can travel overseas again, but we do know one thing for sure – we'll be here to help you save once the time comes! Keep an eye on our latest travel deals and get cashback on your great escape when you book your trip through Cashrewards.

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