Australian travellers are increasingly heading to Europe via the Middle East and China, sparking a new trend in non-traditional short stay travel in cities as diverse as Abu Dhabi and Guangzhou. Creative Holidays managing director James Gaskell says 58% of the company’s passengers are now stopping in non-traditional destinations on their way to Europe — up from 53% in 2012 — spending an average $500 per person on a three-day package. With the rise of the Middle Eastern and Chinese airlines, Southeast Asia is largely being bypassed by Australian passengers en route to Europe. The Qantas link with Emirates had also changed travel patterns which had moved from Southeast Asia to Dubai. Click here for more information on this growing trend.