Easter is on us a bit earlier this year, with a rare March appearance and goodness help us we do love that weekend so. you may be left truly stunned at how fast the year has whizzed by and in desperate need of a break. Enter Easter, the ultimate subsidised excuse to jet away, whether that be near or far. If you’ve left your plans to the last minute or want to travel on the cheap, here’s five destinations you can actually afford. From flights to accomodation, we’ve nailed down your most cost effective options. Good Friday is set to be truly great if you set off exploring. Forget the chocolate binge in favour of something a little more exciting.
#1 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
According to TripAdvisor you can afford approximately 37 days of travel compared to ten or so days in Singapore on a budget of $1700. Although it’s unlikely you’ll set up shop in Kuala Lumpur for over a month, it proves itself as a destination for the cash savvy. With all measure of luxe and modest options, the reviews agree that the steamy spot is a relaxation paradise. Scan the vibrant market streets for food, stroll the greenery or set your heart truly aflutter at the butterfly park. Before settling in for a rooftop drink and a night of plush hotel bed sleep. Definitely do not disturb.
#2 Kingscliff, Australia
Flying into Ballina (Byron Bay) or Gold Coast airports and you’re within moments of resort heaven. Kingscliff is a town right on the border of NSW and QLD, so close in fact you can dart between the two at your whim. Master a water sport, from deep sea diving to surfing like a local or relax for days on end. No matter how you like to travel, at pace or real slow, Kingscliff offers a bit of both. All five accomodation options in the area are rated 4/5 and above by avid TripAdvisor travellers, a good sign no doubt. Chase the sun while you still can.
#3 Phuket, Thailand
Fancy a beach a little further afield? It’s possible to do Thailand without falling into a single tourist trap. You could go all out sure, but why not save your cash on a 15 star hotel in favour of drinks with a view? Cheers to that. Instead you can get a room at a TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice Winner for as cheap as $349 for 4 nights. Absolutely ridiculous really. You’ll come back with a freshly minted summer glow and memories to help you through the winter.
#4 Queenstown, New Zealand
More of a thrill seeker or cold weather lover? Set your course across the ditch and onto Queenstown. Nervous flyers too will love just how close this other worldly getaway is; just make sure not to bring them along for the bungee jumping. Even without snow you won’t find yourself with a spare moment in Queenstown, the hospitality is superb and the adventures to be had exquisite. Hotel St Moritz is our pick of the bunch and happy reviewers agree. With cheap flights and luxury stays for a whole lot less, go on and get wild.
#5 Adelaide, Australia
Once the destination of retired people Adelaide has undergone a major revamp. From the wine stained hills of the Barossa Valley to the vibrant music scene of the inner city, let your weekend getaway be diverse. The relaxed pace of happenings around here make for a long weekend that feels even longer, so why not set off to Adelaide for a vino filled Easter escape?
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