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To­day is June 25, aka six months to the day un­til Christ­mas. Too early to deck the halls, start mak­ing lists and check­ing them twice or de­bat­ing the tra­di­tional ver­sus mod­ern menu, but def­i­nitely not too far out to lock in a hol­i­day plan.

Ac­cord­ing to Flight Cen­tre, De­cem­ber is the big­gest month for Aus­tralians de­part­ing on overseas trips which, as far as in­cen­tives go, is a good one to work with so you can get your No.1 choices.

Stas­tis­ti­cally speak­ing, the places we love to go the most in­clude the US, United King­dom, In­done­sia (well, re­ally, we all know that means Bali), New Zealand and Thai­land. These coun­tries also hap­pen to be high on the list of places we cover most in Es­cape.

On the rise are New Cale­do­nia, Ja­pan, Van­u­atu, In­dia and Canada. Then, of course, there’s the ev­er­grow­ing num­ber of us go­ing cruis­ing and tak­ing in mu­ti­ple des­ti­na­tions in the one trip.

But the big ques­tion to­day is where should you go this year? I’ve got my plans locked in for Jan­uary thanks to my sib­ling’s gen­eros­ity. She’s rent­ing a 16-per­son “su­per-villa” called LataLiana in Seminyak for the ex­tended fam­ily, to cel­e­brate a birth­day end­ing in zero.

Aside from a cou­ple of cruises I’ve done, it’s a rar­ity for me to have a trip or­gan­ised so far in ad­vance, but al­ready I’m well into the next – and some might say most im­por­tant – tier, of the hol­i­day check­list: where to eat and drink.

Any sug­ges­tions for Bali’s best, please send them my way. I’d love to hear about your favourite spots.


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