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One of the most popular times of the year for travel, Easter is just around the corner and offers your annual opportunity for getting more holiday for less annual leave.
In 2024, Good Friday falls on 29 March, while Easter Monday is on 1 April. And, if you plan your trip right, you can save your precious time off work while still enjoying a decent amount of time on holiday. No matter which type of trip you're looking for, the long Easter weekend is a great time to head off on an adventure.
With more time to work with, many destinations are available to you - from city breaks in Europe to family holidays further afield in northern Africa or even America. Easter is also an ideal time to take a staycation and explore exciting destinations closer to home. Start planning your Easter break.
While it may seem obvious that you should only travel during the Easter break itself, when you decide to leave actually has a large impact - especially when it comes to the holiday's cost. Here are some Easter holiday hacks that will help to keep costs down, whether you're travelling with kids in tow or going on an adults-only holiday.
Most people with kids are desperate to get away during the first few days of the Easter school holidays. Most schools will be breaking up around 28 March in 2024, so we’d avoid these initial dates, as the prices will most likely be quite high.
If you do have kids, also try to avoid Good Friday and Easter Monday as travel dates; this is when travellers without children will be booking up, so prices will be steeper too.
As most kids go back to school on 5 April, try and book a trip that ends after that date that will include the Easter bank holidays too. Prices will be lower as kids will be back at school, but you’ll also use less annual leave. Sneaky but smart!
Want to jump-start your summer holiday with a beach getaway somewhere warm this Easter? Luckily, this is exactly when some destinations are starting to warm up, which means that an Easter holiday in the sun is definitely on the cards.
While April may be a little early for the Greek islands, there are some other top-notch destinations to consider. Here are our four top picks for a warm-weather Easter holiday this year.
While destinations in mainland Spain may not be super hot yet, you can find consistently warm weather on the Canary Islands during the Easter break. Take your pick of popular islands like Tenerife, Lanzarote, Gran Canaria or Fuerteventura, and you can enjoy temperatures that hover around 25°C throughout the month of April. As an added bonus, there are plenty of great holiday deals to the Canary Islands so you can grab a real bargain at this time of year!
If you've been daydreaming of a holiday to America, then why not head to the southern states, where you're most likely to find some much-needed April sunshine? One of the most popular destinations for a fun-filled family holiday, Florida also happens to be one of the closest destinations you can choose (shorter flight = more time on the beach). And, with so many amusement parks, you're guaranteed a family holiday that's free of boredom!
Sun, sea, ancient temples and warm weather, Mexico is a fantastic choice for a long-haul Easter holiday. In April, you can head straight to the beaches of Cancun, where you can bask in temperatures that reach up to 32°C. Playa del Carmen is another popular choice for an Easter beach holiday. No matter where you choose, you'll also have great conditions for swimming, where the water temperature is a balmy 26ºC.
If northern Africa is calling your name, then you may be able to tick off a truly bucket-list destination by heading straight to Egypt. The temperatures here are pleasantly hot in April, reaching up to 28°C in some destinations. The resorts of Sharm El-Sheikh or Hurghada are some of the most popular places to go for an Easter holiday in Egypt.
If hopping on a flight sounds like a bit too much hassle, an Easter staycation in the UK is another great option. After all, the longer Easter break gives you the opportunity to explore a part of the UK you haven't seen before, from the country's national parks to vibrant cities like Edinburgh, London and Belfast.
Here are some of our top choices for an Easter holiday in the UK.
There's so much to see and do in the UK capital - and an Easter holiday in London gives you an opportunity to see much more of the city than you would during an ordinary weekend. There'll be plenty of Easter-themed events on the go at London's famous attractions, such as the British Museum, Natural History Museum and Hampton Court Palace, which will be especially targeted at families.
With so much variety, there truly is something for everyone in London, from indulging in some retail therapy along Oxford Street to exploring lesser-known gems like Kyoto Garden and Eltham Palace. One thing's for sure - you won't run out of things to do during your Easter break!
A popular choice all year round, the Lake District is actually pretty massive - covering over 900 square miles. Taking a longer Easter holiday means that you have more time to discover all that this national park has to offer, from its charming, picture-perfect villages to its outstanding natural features, which include lakes, fells (mountains) and waterfalls.
The Lake District is also packed with different accommodation types, from camping and glamping to luxury hotels; this means you have complete flexibility to plan the staycation you've been dreaming of. Plus, and let's be honest, there's nothing better than an epic Easter road trip!
The Scottish capital is a great destination for an Easter staycation. Not only will you be kept busy with all the things to do in the city itself, but Edinburgh is a gateway to many day trip destinations. The latter include places like St Andrews, Cairngorms National Park and Loch Ness. But even if you don't go anywhere else, you'll have famous Edinburgh attractions like Edinburgh Castle, Arthur's Seat and the Palace of Holyroodhouse to experience.
Edinburgh also happens to have a great foodie scene, with the chance to try all manner of local and international delicacies.
Outrageously busy during the summer months, Easter provides another - and considerably less crowded - opportunity to see this gorgeous part of the UK. Sure, it won't be that warm at this time of year, but you'll still be able to make the most of region's coastline and wealth of attractions. The Eden Project, Minack Theatre and St Michael's Mount are all top places to visit during Easter, often hosting Easter-themed events during this time of year.
If you're willing to face the chill, Cornwall's beaches are world renowned; head to Gwithian, Porthcurno or Perranporth to experience the best of the best.