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Get going: the cycle of your life

Cycling in Mallacoota, Victoria.
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FRANCE
Families get free ski passes this Easter, saving up to $440 a person, when staying in fully catered chalets in Verbier, Courchevel, Meribel, Val d'lsere and St Anton. Meribel's Chalet Christiane sleeps six, from $1280 an adult, seven nights from April 5. See powderwhite.com.

VICTORIA
Explore Victoria's Wilderness Coast on a four-day cycling tour from Mallacoota to Cape Conran, with walks and a half-day kayak trip, all meals and support vehicle. Save 20 per cent on the March 16 departure. From $1836, twin share. Phone 0428 556 088, see snowyrivercycling.com.au.

 Rumba Beach Resort, Caloundra, Queensland
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UAE
Soak up two nights in luxe Shangri-La Dubai then take the limo to its sister hotel in Abu Dhabi, with tickets to the top of Burj Khalifa and Ferrari World. Save 20 per cent until September 1, quote "DXB-AUH Arabian Stopover Experience". From $1560, three nights. See shangri-la.com.

QUEENSLAND
Take a short Sunshine Coast break at the luxe Rumba Beach Resort in Caloundra. Stay three nights and get $50 restaurant credit, a morning boat cruise, bicycle hire and free in-house movie. Available until April 17, from $597 a couple, three nights. Phone (07) 5492 0555, see rumbaresort.com.au.

Casa Angelina on the Amalfi coast, Italy. Photo: SUPPLIED
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ITALY
Do the Amalfi Coast in five-star style at the cliff-top Casa Angelina, 10 minutes' drive from Positano. Book a four-night stay by March 31 and get champagne, late check-out and 10 per cent off accommodation and dinner, May 16-October 27. From $416 a night. Phone 02 9211 6590, see casangelina.com.

TASMANIA
Hike Australia's most iconic walking trail, the Overland Track, and save $200 when booked by March 31. Tasmanian Expeditions runs weekly departures until May 18 with guides, meals and gear included. Costs $1795 a person, quote "OV0214". Phone 1300 666 856, see tasmanianexpeditions.com.au.

 Tamil Nadu. Photo: SUPPLIED
TOUR WATCH: SOUTHERN INDIA
Tamil Nadu is India's deep, secret south. Banyan Tours offers tours of temples, dance academies and mansions as you discover the region's past. Tours include boutique hotels, a driver, guide, car and domestic flights, from October 2014 to March 2015. From $2436 a person, nine nights. See banyantours.com.








KIDS' QUESTS

Your kids are just out of kindy, but they already know a gaucho is an Argentinian cowboy, Bollywood is in India and a Moroccan market is called a souk, thanks to Lonely Planet's new World Search series.

Aimed at five-year-olds and up, the three cartoon board books, Busy Places, Amazing Jobs and Incredible Animals, have flaps to lift, stickers to stick, treasures to find and a world to explore. $19.99 each, lonelyplanet.com.

This column by Belinda Jackson was published in the Sun-Herald newspaper.

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