Taking three days annual leave for a ten-day break is a no-brainer. Who wants to be in the office when everyone else is out galivanting anyway?
If you’re keen on a spontaneous overseas trip for the Easter period, but are lacking inspiration, we’re here to help!
Where should you consider going this Easter?
1. Auckland, New Zealand
If you’re urban at heart but would like the option to try country exploration at some point during your trip, Auckland is a good destination to consider.
Letting go of the stress of accumulating work on your return can be difficult – but is nothing bungee jumping off Auckland’s Sky Tower can’t fix (at least temporarily). Nervous the rope might snap? No worries – watch your friends go down and enjoy the panoramic views that the tower offers instead.
Fancy seeing the sights of the country with a glass of wine in your hand? Waiheke, just off the north Island, is a short trip from Auckland and the perfect place to do just that. Jump on a wine tour, meet new people, see new places and get lunch included! What a time to be alive. Guided walks, snorkelling experiences, and a flying fox zipline are also great pass times to get involved with.
Auckland is also a fantastic place to use as a base for further exploration of the North Island. Why not take a day trip to Hobbiton, the world-famous home of The Shire from Lord of the Rings? After all, a photo in front of Bilbo Baggins’ little round door is a right of passage for any self-respecting New Zealand tourist.
2. Surabaya, Indonesia
We all have a Bintang Singlet stored somewhere in the back of the wardrobe. While Bali is a right of passage for many Australians, the crowds can get to be a bit tiresome, especially around Easter.
A thriving and diverse city, Surabaya mixes modern buildings and architecture with harks back to its Dutch colonial past, as well as a Chinatown district and Arab quarter. Go to Surabaya for a taste of Indonesia and experience the rest of the world while you’re there.
Whether you choose to visit attractions such as the numerous monuments and museums, spend time at the famous Surabaya Zoo, or simply wander the city and go on a path of self-discovery (what are holidays for if not to ‘find yourself’), Surabaya has something for everyone.
Outside of the city are some stunning beaches, with plenty of great locations to surf if that’s your thing. Ask the locals about the lesser known and not very busy beaches if you want to avoid the rush!
Shop till you drop and then shop some more. If retail therapy is on the cards for your Easter break, then Singapore is the undisputed best place to go.
Despite Singapore’s reputation as a shopping hotspot, it would be doing the destination a massive disservice to say that’s all it has going on. The Universal Studios theme park is a great day out, the Gardens by the Bay are a beautiful place to simply hang out and relax, while if you choose to stay around the Marina Bay area the Sand Casino is a stunning place, matching anything Vegas has to offer.
When it comes to food, the street markets offer incredible flavours from around the world and are pretty cheap, too, offering your bank balance some relief if you’ve spent the day in the boutiques or the evening in the casino!
Singapore offers a city break with a difference, and is a great place to go if you’re looking to stay switched on and aren’t searching for a quiet weekend getaway.
4. Bangkok, Thailand
If you’re anything like us, when you think of Thailand you probably think of beautiful beaches.
While you can enjoy beaches in Bangkok, we think the real experience here is to be found by staying in the city.
First, there are few experiences like the feeling of being in Bangkok. At street level, among the markets, shops, and food stalls, it is one of the most vibrant cities anywhere on the planet. A real assault on your senses, but a feeling that you’ll love, never forget, and probably want to return to at some point.
Khaosan Road is perhaps the most popular and famous location in Bangkok to take in this experience, but there’s joy to be found around every corner.
Bangkok’s plethora of temples could take months to fully explore. You might only have a few days, so choose wisely! The Grand Palace, Temple of the Emerald Buddha, and Wat Arun Ratchawararam are some great temples to visit.
Looking for paradise? Look no further.
Fiji has parks and forests that you can explore, sure, but why not embrace the graceful sloth mentality and laze around at a resort all day?
If you do want to stay active, then snorkeling is a must, where you’ll find plenty of amazing sea life and vibrant coral reef. Animal encounters in the parks are on offer if you prefer to stay on dry land, and there are even museums and temples to visit if you feel like you really need to do something.
Where are you Going this Easter?
Whether you choose one of our suggestions or have somewhere else in mind for your overseas Easter getaway, we’re sure you’ll have a memorable time.
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