Easter Travel Deals

by Jessica

February 8th, 2011

easterAlthough Easter may conjure up images of giant rabbits and colored eggs for many people, the idea of taking a vacation around the Easter holiday (one that doesn’t have anything to do with eggs or bunnies) isn’t a bad idea. Sure, if you’ve got kids you’ll probably want to take that into consideration and pick a place that will at least have some fun local tradition the whole family can get into, but if you’re just looking for an excuse to pack up and fly somewhere for a short break – then let Easter be that excuse.

In this article, we’ll go over some of the things you’ll want to think about when you’re planning a trip at Easter, and how you can find Easter travel deals – whether you’re going somewhere to actually celebrate the holiday or actively trying to avoid it.

>> In 2012, Easter is on Sunday, April 8.
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When is Easter this year, anyway?

Easter falls on a different date each year, somewhere between the end of March and the end of April, so where you choose for your Easter trip may depend on what the date is this year. When the holiday is in late March, you might still be suffering from a bit of the winter blues and need a getaway to someplace with warm and sunny beaches. If the holiday falls in late April, however, you might prefer to jet off to a location that’s particularly wonderful in the spring (before the summer tourist crowds descend).

Easter in 2011 is on April 24th.

Do you want family fun, or no Easter overtones?

As mentioned above, there are basically two approaches you can take for an Easter trip. Either you want to go somewhere to experience an Easter celebration in that place, or you want to avoid the holiday altogether.

Visiting foreign locales for a traditional holiday can be fun, especially if you’ve got kids in tow and want to show them that there are different options than the way things are done back home. Because Easter is a major holiday in many countries around the world, it’s usually easy to find a community celebration to take part in (or watch). Just remember that some things will close on a big holiday like Easter, such as banks, restaurants, and museums, so you’ll need to plan accordingly.

On the other side of the spectrum, you might just want to book yourself a little escape that has nothing to do with Easter – and there’s no rule that says you can’t do that. Even if you’re intent on visiting a place where Easter is a big deal, that doesn’t mean you have to participate. Make plans to sit on a beach and sip cocktails all day, or pack a picnic lunch and lounge in a park with a good book. Again, you’ll need to check for any Easter-related closures at museums and other tourist attractions, but assuming things are open you can also visit many of the must-see sights in a city as well.

How can you find cheap airfare for Easter trips?

While you’re bound to find some Easter holiday package deals out there, for the most part this is a holiday that people tend to spend with family. That doesn’t mean you won’t be able to find cheap Easter airfare if you want to take a trip – it just means that you’re essentially searching for cheap airfare that happens to be around the Easter holiday. In other words, the same tips that will help you find cheap airfare at any time of year are (for the most part) the same ones you’ll use to help you find cheap airfare for Easter.

Of course, because Easter is a major holiday for so many people, it’s not a bad idea to do a little more advance research than you might for other trips. This is especially important because there are typically lots of things closed on Easter in countries where it’s a national holiday, so you might need to plan around certain tourist sights being closed or transportation being more limited.

In any case, here’s more information on how to find cheap airfare for Easter.

photo by di_the_huntress

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