Road & Rail

Is the era of Easter road trips over?

Ah the classic Easter road trip.

Who doesn’t love being stuck in traffic for hours on end with kids kicking your car seat, praying the occy straps on the car in front don’t give way, burying your car in a pile of rusty old dirt bikes?

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Yeah, we’re not to crash hot on the idea either.

In fact, new data from Allianz Global Assistance has revealed that more Aussies are choosing to bypass the chaos of congested roads and are opting for a quick trip abroad instead.

The data shows the number of customers taking out a policy for international travel insurance over the Easter period has risen by 37 per cent between 2015 and 2017.

In the same timeframe, there was also a 33 per cent decrease in domestic travel insurance policies purchased.

According to Allianz, Aussies are opting to spend the cooler Autumn holiday period in more exotic locations.

The data shows New Zealand has repeatedly been a hot favourite during the Easter period for the past three years, which comes as no surprise given its proximity to Australia’s East Coast, combined with jaw-dropping landscapes and breathtaking wineries.

Destinations on the rise are those a little further afield, such as Singapore and those in the Pacific Region (Fiji and Bali), suggesting that Aussies still favour a warmer climate and are attempting to escape the cooler Autumn months back home!

Personally, we’re welcoming a cold change and plan on spending the Easter holiday camped in front of our TV with blanket fort instead of a tent.

But a trip to Fiji sounds pretty good too.

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