Dubbo’s Corey, Chris and Sean Patrick at Chicago’s Cloud Gate sculpture, dubbed The Bean, during their American adventure in November. A new survey shows the USA is the top destination on the travel bucket lists of western NSW residents. Photo: contributedDubbo’s Chris Patrick took his sons on an American adventure this year and many more of their compatriots wish to follow in their footsteps, a new survey shows.
The USA was the top international bucket list destination for travellers from both western NSW and Australia, the latest annual “State of the Nation” report by travel search site Expedia老域名备案老域名 found.
The online survey of 5450 people found 80 per cent of adults in western NSW had been overseas, slightly below the 84 per cent of Australians nationally who had taken a trip beyond the country’s shores.
And 99 per cent of travellers from western NSW said they had a “travel bucket list” – a list of the destinations they want to visit in the next five years.
The report placed the USA at the top of the list for western NSW residents, followed by England, New Zealand, Canada, France, Ireland, Fiji, Italy, Scotland and Germany.
Mr Patrick said the family’s trip had included Disney World at Florida, Atlanta, home of the World of Coca-Cola museum, Washington DC and its Wall of Remembrance, San Francisco for Alcatraz, a Black Hawks ice hockey game at Chicago, Anaheim for Disneyland’s 60th birthday and more.
“It was educational for the boys,” he said.
And they captured a moment for posterity at Chicago’s Cloud Gate sculpture, dubbed The Bean.
The report also showed that the rise of visual social media platforms and enhanced photo capabilities of smartphones had led to 87 per cent of respondents from western NSW saying great photo opportunities was a key driver when choosing a destination, slightly higher than the 85 per cent of respondents nationwide.
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