From The Age: AUSTRALIANS have the overseas travel bug - tempted, it seems, by the surging local dollar. According to Roy Morgan research to be released today, our overseas travel intentions are at a record high. About 12.9 million Australians intend to take a holiday in the year ahead, with about 10 per cent of those travellers planning to go abroad - up from 9 per cent in the January quarter of 2010 and the highest level of intention for overseas travel since the recurring holiday-tracking survey started in April 2000. ''Overseas holiday intention varies with the cost of an overseas holiday compared to a domestic one; and instantly with the very strong Australian dollar, it's very hard for domestic destinations to compete,'' Roy Morgan's Jane Ianniello said. ''The USA … has especially seen quite a large increase in [Australian] people intending to take a holiday.'' [The rest of the article can be found here] http://www.theage.com.au/travel/travel-news/foreign-travel-up-as-dollar-soars-20110404-1cylr.html I have had the overseas travel bug for a while now.