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5 reasons why you should get away this Easter


Easter is a magical time. It's a chance to enjoy an extra-long four-day weekend and to spend quality time with our loved ones. For families with school-aged children it also signals the school holidays. While this may be a lot of fun for the kids, organising care if you have to work can be stressful.

Luckily this year the stars have aligned to offer a solution to this common problem. Two of Australia's national holidays are falling a mere week apart, giving everyone the chance to maximise their annual leave allocation.

But that's not all, here are five compelling reasons why you should go travelling this Easter.

1. You'll get more out of your annual leave

With two sets of public holidays falling a week shy of each other, you can take just five days off work this April to enjoy a 12-day holiday with your family. In 2017, the Anzac Day public holiday occurs in the week after the Easter Weekend break. Combining these public holidays with the 18–21 and 24 April, means you'll get to enjoy 12 whole days of freedom.

Whether you're a newlywed, young family or empty nester, it's the perfect opportunity to maximise your annual leave and truly relax.

2. It perfectly coincides with the school holidays

If you've got children, whether big or small, you're in luck – your kids are going to be off at the same time as you. You can get maximum time with the kids for a minimum amount of annual leave. As a bonus, this can also save you on any child care bills you'd normally have to pay for.

It's also a great opportunity to go somewhere special all together.

If you've got tiny tots, think about somewhere where the whole family can relax. A week in an all-inclusive resort could be ideal. When making decisions, check your accommodation includes cots and highchairs as well as activities suitable for the age of your children.

If your children are more tweenager than toddler, you could even consider whisking them off for their first international adventure. They'll get an educational dose of culture and you'll experience the joy of creating a lifelong memory with your family.

3. You can spread those work-weary wings further 

The extended holiday is a great opportunity to go further afield. Neighbouring New Zealand offers epic nature; the gorgeous lakes and rivers and the jaw-dropping glaciers await.

Easter coincides with spring in culture-rich Japan, meaning you may get a chance to see it resplendent in popping pink cherry blossoms. By the end of April, the blossoms are most likely to be found in the northern parts of the country.

If your budget doesn't stretch to international flights, there's a smorgasbord of opportunities available locally in your own backyard. It's hard to beat a few days of exploring both the incredible nature on offer and the quaint country towns that pepper Australia.

4. It's the last chance for some fun in the sun

Summer, sadly, is drawing to a close in Australia, so this might be the last chance for your family to dose up (sensibly) on vitamin D. For those living in the north of Australia, it's time to kick back and enjoy a staycation. Avoid the mini-dramas that long car trips can afford and instead spend blissful moments poolside, parkside, or side-by-side, before walking home to a shower and home-cooked meal.

If you're more inclined to the west coast, Broome's beaches are legendary for their beauty and are well supported by a range of family-friendly accommodation.

5. It's a romantic time of year

When children aren't part of the Easter equation, it's the perfect time for a romantic getaway.

Encourage some romance by opting for a destination to match. Bali is a great pick – thousands of people choose it as a honeymoon destination for good reason. Stay in a resort with your own private pool, and multiply the indulgence with a couple's massage and dinner at an upscale restaurant.

Alternatively, the Barossa and Hunter regions are ideal for loved up couples. It'll be getting cooler down there, so pack your sheepskin boots and wool sweater. Enjoy cuddling up beside an open fire as the autumn leaves fall outside.

Make the most of the double public holidays this April – book a holiday the whole family will love. Once those five-days of annual leave are approved you can start organising the ultimate Easter break. After all, you and your family deserve it. Just don't forget your travel insurance.