We all have international holidays on our bucket list but we are often deterred by the prospect of funding the trip. A foreign vacation would mean reams of paperwork in applying for the VISA, a lot of preparation in terms of cultural adjustment and to top it off, the expenses involved in the paperwork, flights, accommodation and travelling. Even thinking about all this can get pretty overwhelming so it is understandable that many of us never get around to planning a foreign trip. The truth is, it is possible to take an international trip without burning a hole in your pockets. How? We list six cheap travel destinations in foreign lands for Indians below, now all you have to do is get pack up, get your travel insurance in order and book your flights.
6 cheapest foreign travel destinations are:
Colombo, Sri Lanka
It rarely occurs to us but our neighboring countries can provide some of the best vacation experiences. The Western coast of Sri Lanka is an excellent example. You can book a flight to Colombo and then head over to the beaches. While in Colombo, you can visit various Buddhist temples, the Colombo Fort or indulge in some retail therapy at Pettah Market. Sri Lankan seafood is a delight too, but even vegetarians can eat to their heart’s content in one of the best cheap travel destinations from India!
Of course, the same logic applies here too: Nepal is a neighboring country, so the journey to and fro saves us quite a bit. Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal is a great place to unwind at one of the cafes with the backdrop of a mountain. For those looking for a bit of adventure, Pokhara offers sports like bungee jumping, and then there’s always the option of climbing Mount Everest, even if just till the base camp. Durbar Square is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, so it is also possible to set out on a temple visit within the complex.
Instead of the cliched Bangkok trip, head over to Krabi in Thailand. It is beautiful and has a pristine quality to its beauty – the crystal-clear waters and coral reefs make for a lovely sight. If you are a beach person, this is the perfect fit for you. To quench your adventure thirst, you can also try your hands at scuba diving.
One of the more popular international destinations preferred by Indians, Singapore is a great option to explore when you are operating on a stringent budget as well as time. You can head over to the National Gallery or the Singapore Zoo, or explore the Marina Bay area. Shopping is always an option and you can also take a cruise on the Singapore River.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Dubai happens to be not just a popular but also an affordable and relatively cheap travel destination for Indians willing to venture abroad. You can choose to go for obvious tourist choices – visit the world’s tallest building Burj Khalifa for a stunning, unprecedented view, or head over to Dubai Mall which houses over 1300 shops for some retail therapy. A desert safari is always a good option. You might want to keep it budgeted, so having other recreational options is a good idea. These can be offbeat spots like the old Bastakiya district, which will give you a taste of history. All in all, enjoy the skyscrapers stress-free if you have travel insurance to take care of the rest.
With a colourful past and heavy cultural connotations, Vietnam can provide a change of pace and a much-needed departure from the Indian way of looking at things.
The capital city of Vietnam, Hanoi, has a significant French influence, which is reflected in its architecture. In the southern part of the country, pagodas and mausoleum adorn the confines of Ho Chi Minh city. This city is also influenced by the American culture, as is indicated through its bustling nightlife. Vietnamese food is not to be missed: the friend and steamed dishes, soups and salads are all delicious. When in Vietnam, do visit the colourful town of Hoi An which offers everything – from rooftop bars to quirky boutiques, from expansive beaches to temples and pagodas and live music cafes.
Increasingly, more and more Indians are getting inclined towards a foreign vacation.
It has been reported that outbound travel from India is witnessing an annual growth of 15-18: if we look at the numbers from the last decade, the rise in the number of international trips taken by Indians is remarkable, as shown in the numbers below:
Foreign travel comes with its own set of concerns, so make sure you have travel insurance that protects you against unforeseen situations. Bajaj Allianz Travel insurance, available on Finserv MARKETS, for example, covers you against medical emergencies, cancelled flights or theft of personal belongings. Whether you’re a student, part of an adventurous family or a solo-traveller, Bajaj Allianz Travel Insurance on Finserv MARKETS has an insurance policy with affordable premiums just for you.
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