Brits happiest in Australia

Monday 16th January is Blue Monday, officially the ‘most depressing day of the year’. Well, it seems people have been getting over the blues by booking a holiday or a round the world trip. According to the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA), two million people will book trips this week to escape the depression of January, and once again Australia is the place to go.

A survey conducted by Skyscanner has shown that Brits are happiest backpacking and travelling in Australia more than any other country.

The survey asked travellers to rate how happy they were on their last trip and the results showed that on average UK tourists in Australia scored a massive 9.7 out of for 10 happiness.

Australia is one of the most popular countries for a gap year due to the fact that it’s so easy to travel around. Not only that but there’s so much to see and do, from diving the Great Barrier Reef to hiking in the Blue Mountains to surfing on the Gold Coast.

Australia is expecting to see a further increase in visitors from the UK in 2012 as more people are taking a gap year, firmly cementing it the place to go this year.

Following Australia on the happiness scale was Italy (9.2), then Canada, Hungary, Malta and Thailand (all 9).

Who’s heading to Australia on a gap year in 2012? Where are you most happy while travelling?

If you’re heading to Australia on a gap year then read our Australia country section for advice and information and read Louise Denton’s guide to Australia - it’s packed full of hints and tips on backpacking in Australia…

The top 10 happiest holiday destinations (out of 10):

1 Australia - 9.7

2 Italy - 9.2

3 = Canada - 9

3 = Hungary - 9

3 = Malta - 9

3 = Thailand - 9

7 USA - 8.9

8 Spain - 8.8

9 = UK & Ireland - 8.7

9 = Egypt - 8.7