5 hip and holy Easter locations

Priests carrying cross Barcelona, Spain by Joanne Lane

Easter in Barcelona, Spain. Pic: Joanne Lane, http://www.visitedplanet.com

Religious festivals marking the Easter celebrations are far from staid and boring. In fact some of these are amongst some of the most interesting you’ll find in your travels. With that in mind here are five VIP Backpacker locations where you can use your discount card for accommodation and tours, while taking part in some of the hippest Easter festivals on the planet. Continue reading

Australian and New Zealand autumn festivals

The coming of March marks the shift to autumn in Australia and New Zealand and while that means summer fun is over, the festivities will continue. Autumn is an excellent period of events, music concerts and festivity. Here are some of the key events over the next three months to look out for.

Feel free to add your event to the list in the comment section below.


Pic: womadelaide.com.au

Pic: womadelaide.com.au

> WOMADelaide, Adelaide, Australia (7-10)
The World of Music, Arts and Dance has been going over thirty years and still is one of Australia’s best loved outdoor festivals. For four days there are performances and workshops on various stages by musicians, DJs and dancers, plus plenty of good food, environmental discussion and good vibes.
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6 great travel tours to do over Easter

Looking for something fun to do this Easter? Here are six fantastic tours we offer that will keep you laughing, happy and enthralled over the holiday season in Australia.

These take in Australia’s Great Ocean Road, fantastic surfing spots on the East Coast and plenty of reef and rainforest.

Groovy Grape Getaways – 3 Day Great Ocean Road & Grampians (Adelaide-Melbourne)
Hostel ImageThe grooviest coastal adventure around. One of the world`s best coastal routes blended with the beauty and history of the Grampians National Park, making this one of the best trips in Australia.

Hey hey it’s Easter next week: travel tips, ideas and advice

Chocolate eggs, bunnies, parties, fun in the sun.

It’s Easter and that combination listed above plus the good weather means it’s a great time to head out on a trip over the holiday break.

So get on your skates and check out some of the options we offer.

In our last newsletter we listed six places you could tackle for varying reasons including Australia, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Philippines and North America. Continue reading

Easter ideas

With the pending approach of another holiday – albeit a short one – it’s time to come up with some ideas for the long weekend. It’s never too early to start planning so here’s a few to consider in different parts of the world:

Byron Bay Blues and Roots Festival, New South Wales, Australia
This annual festival is the ultimate way to spend the Easter weekend. With a lineup this year including Buena Vista Social Club, John Butler, Jack Johnson, Troy Cassar-Daley, the Gipsy Kings and even Lyle Lovett you’ll want to be there. Just pack your wellies – it often rains on this coastal area at this time of year. VIP Backpackers has a ton of offerings for accommodation and tours in this area. When you’re not at the BluesFest you could surf, ski dive, sun bake or tour the local markets. There’s plenty to do!

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