Most middle-class families only dream of having a trip abroad, because according to them, it’s a dream that will never come true. Fortunately, they couldn’t be more wrong.
Travelling abroad is not as expensive as it seems to be. If planned well, in advance and done thorough research on how you want your trip to fit your budget, it will cost as much as a decent trip in India. Check out these places if 2018 is the year of travel for you.
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This exotic island in the Indian Ocean is still not commercial and is unknown to many Indians. A perfect retreat for the beach-loving Indian, a trip to Seychelles will not set you back by more than Rs 50-60,000. Though August is considered the best time to visit the place, you can visit it at other times in the year and get cheaper rates too.
You love gorging on all those Thai curries. Why not visit the place and experience one for real? The airfares to Thailand are cheap and the stay options are not too expensive. The people are welcoming and you can get great stuff at budget prices. If you can’t do the entire nation, visit just a few key locations during your trip.
The most expensive part of this trip would perhaps be airfares. Hawaii is all about the sun, the sand and the surf. You can lose yourself in the exotic locations with crystal clear beaches and coral reefs that will make you do a double-take underwater.
Not viewed as a tourist destination by many Indians, Vietnam is a gem of a place. It has everything from rugged sceneries in the Northern regions to certain tropical islands. You will also get to eat a lot of weird and exotic food, especially different types of sea-foods. The entire trip should not cost you too much if you decide to ditch high-end hotels and opt for cheaper homestays.
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Famous mainly for Angkor Wat, there’s a lot more to Cambodia than just the heritage site. The little villages will afford you a glimpse into the Cambodian lifestyle and there are even mountains to scale for the adventurous traveller.
A popular honeymoon destination for Indians, Maldives is a good place to visit if you want an international location teeming with Indians. Famous for its water sports and beaches, Maldives is heaven for seafood lovers. You can opt to stay with one of the locals for the complete experience.
7. Sri Lanka
Often ignored by Indians, our Southern neighbour boasts of great tourism at extremely affordable prices. The place is as culturally rich as India and is great for nature lovers as there are many zoos and scenic locations.
One of the most beautiful countries, Singapore has a lot to offer in terms of nature, culture and cuisine, modern structures and architecture, monuments and beaches. A small country and populated, you will get a slightly ‘Indian’ feel here.
Another favourite Indian destination, Malaysia is beautiful and the warmth of the people there will amaze you. There are multiple national parks in Malaysia along with beaches teeming with marine life. And the crazy city night-life will leave you wide-eyed! The perfect mix of peace and crazy.
A haven for shopaholics. Go here only for the shopping experience and the crazy street-side food. The ladyboy shows will leave you stunned and you will be left amazed at the grace and skill with which they dance. One of the cheapest destinations on our list, plan your trip properly and you can get it done in less than 30k.
Perfect for a small international trip, Bhutan has loads to offer in terms of culture and Buddhist monasteries. Since Bhutan is situated in a hilly area, trekking and other sports are also popular here. If you have the time and can manage the budget, club Bhutan with North East India. An experience we promise you’ll never forget.
Wake up to mornings of snow-peaked mountains and lush greenery with rainbows in Nepal. The rugged beauty of this place will leave you mesmerised. Famous mainly for trekking, there’s a lot of local sights to be explored. The best part? You do not need a passport to visit the country if you’re an Indian citizen.
Before you scrunch up your nose and stop reading, understand that apart from the animosity Pakistan shares with India, it also shares a rich culture, heritage and a lot of forgotten Indian history buried deep in its land. From ancient Indian civilisations to the first universities of the world, Pakistan has a lot to offer for tourists. It is a food heaven too if you love Mughlai food.
No, China is not about eating insects for lunch and second hand, cheap goods. Chinese architecture is something to boast about and Shanghai is a treat in itself. And how can you miss the Great Wall of China, a monument visible even from space!
With a completely unique and different culture and Japanese castles, this place looks like a fairy-tale. The gardens and spiritual sites of Japan will amaze visitors. The mixed variety of cultures lets you explore many religions thoroughly.
The land of volcanoes, Indonesia also has some of the largest tropical forests and flora and fauna that will stun you. The Indonesian beaches are clear and the blue waters are a treat. Apart from natural scenes, Indonesia also offers a lot of Hindu monuments and temples for the religious.
Istanbul in Turkey is slowly emerging as a tourist destination for Indians. Perfect for modern and contemporary Turkish art and shopping, this place also offers a host of monuments and a great culture to explore.
Filled with monuments and ancient cities, Iran boasts of many museums too. Although not a popular tourist destination, Iranian palaces are spectacular and the desert safaris are a must do!
This is probably every Indian’s favourite destination when it comes to going abroad. Famous for its architecture, malls and shopping, Dubai is the Mecca for the middle-class Indian.
20. South Korea
Another unexplored destination, South Korea offers a host of UNESCO heritage sites, national parks, treks for the adventure lover and folk villages/temples. The natural wonders, beaches and caves are also worth exploring.
Another of our neighbours, Myanmar is a great destination to visit if you’re tight on budget and time. Filled with monuments and pagodas, Myanma’s beauty lies in its simplicity.
Though not the best time to visit Lebanon, do not ignore this place as a tourist destination. Lebanon has loads to offer in terms of sight, culture and food and you can perhaps make the most of it at a later, safer date.
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