Although the question of how soon is too soon for stores to start stocking Easter chocolate has become a nationwide debate, booking your Easter holiday is something that cannot be done soon enough.
According to travel app Skyscanner, flights during the Easter period from Sydney are 24% more expensive than travelling during the rest of the year.
“Easter is naturally one of the most popular times of the year to get away. But due to school holidays and many choosing to take annual leave, prices are expectedly higher than other times of the year,” said Emily Cairns, Travel Expert for Skyscanner.
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The good news is, families looking to get away during the Easter break can still have the perfect holiday without breaking the bank.
After crunching two years worth of data, Skyscanner has revealed the top destinations that can help Aussies save up to 29% on their airfares.
Topping the list of best value destinations to visit this Easter was Manila, the Philippines capital, with savings of more than $200 when travelling from Sydney, making it 29% cheaper compared to the rest of the year.
This was followed by Beijing (19%), Shanghai and Kathmandu (both 18%) and Taipei (15%).
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“There are many reasons why these destinations could be cheaper at Easter, and one may be that most Australians avoid long haul travel over this period due to it being traditionally a shorter break,” said Cairns.
And when it came to the most expensive Easter destinations, the data revealed that New Zealand had the biggest airfare surges.
Christchurch was recorded to be the most expensive destination to fly to from Sydney, with an estimated airfare hike of 20%, followed by Queenstown (17%) and Hamilton Island (16%).
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So if you’re now thinking that an Asian inspired getaway might be right for your family, you might want to consider a travel insurance policy before you book your flights.
And while travel insurance doesn’t cover melted Easter chocolate, there are a few instances where travel insurance could save the day:
Flight cancellation - Unfortunately, this happens a lot more than you think and if you and your family experience a flight cancellation, you might want to have cover in order to make alternative arrangements. Just keep in mind that basic policies generally don’t cover flight cancellation, so you may want to opt for a comprehensive policy instead.
Medical emergencies - Unfortunately accidents are just part of life, so if something were to happen while you're on a trip overseas you'll want to you’ll want to be able to access the best medical facilities around.
Loss of baggage or baggage delay - No one likes the stress of having lost or delayed baggage, so you might ensure peace of mind in knowing you’ll be covered for an unexpected shopping trip.
Ready to book your Easter getaway? Don’t forget to add a travel insurance policy to your to-do list. You can compare a range of travel insurance policies by heading over to our travel insurance comparison tool.