Dream Ranking: #1 for Gen Xers and baby boomers
For ages 35 and up, Australia is the “dreamiest.” What makes the Land Down Under such a draw? Well, it's home to more than 10,685 beaches, 8,222 islands and 500 national parks, to start. From the Great Barrier Reef — the largest of its kind in the world — to beautiful metropolitan cities (where 85 percent of Australians live), this laidback and charming country has it all.
Interestingly, though, Australia is only the 18th-most visited destination by Americans, according to Expedia. This suggests Australia, which takes serious time and money to get to, remains just a pipe dream for many. (Per Vrbo, only 27 percent of Gen Xers and 15 percent of baby boomers will go into debt for travel, and going into debt can feel like the only way to make this trip happen.)
That said, with some planning, it is possible to enjoy Australia without breaking the bank...