Travel Dreams Include Australia

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Australia tops the list of dream destinations in a survey by leading luxury travel network Virtuoso. Other top picks also show a global slant – tops in the trip of a lifetime category is setting sailing on a world cruise.

Nearly 11,000 readers of the network's Virtuoso Life magazine, weighed in on places they'd consider a dream trip.

Following Australia in the dream destinations category is Italy, New Zealand, South Africa and Greece, in that order. Paris holds its reign as the most romantic city in which to spend time with a loved one as well as the best gourmet city.

Rome is the city with the most beautiful architecture and Tuscany continues to be the wine region travelers want to visit the most.

As for trips of a lifetime, a world cruise is followed on the wish list by a trip to all seven continents, visiting all seven Wonders of the World, sailing the Mediterranean on a private yacht and renting a European villa.

Again this year, readers say going on a safari to Africa would be the best outdoor adventure. The Galapagos Islands tops the list of alluring island escapes.

The "perfect family destination?" Top pick is the Hawaiian Islands. Virtuoso readers also name attending a cooking school as the "most desired educational trip."

Virtuoso said the survey mirrored results from its annual Luxe Report from travel agents that showed travelers are booking longer vacations to more distant destinations.

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