Top 12 Destinations To Travel To In 2017 Within A Budget

Beyond posted on 20 February

While we all harbour dreams of travelling and seeing the world, we also always procrastinate. So, if you’ve been secretly making a bucket list for yourself, maybe NOW is the time to tick off some of those. To ease things for you, we’ve put together a list on the top countries to travel to in 2017. And yup, we’ve made sure that it’s travel on a budget.

April - May

With the end of the financial year, most parts of India start crumbling under heat. So, with an opportunity to escape the heatwave, summer {April/ May} is a fantastic time for Indian travellers to jet set.

Portugal

Portugal has long been ignored from a typical ‘Euro’ trip itinerary. Often shadowed by its glitzy neighbour Spain, Portugal remains a largely unspoilt destination. With balmy, breezy temperatures, you won’t be cold but you won’t be sweating it out either.

Budget: The economy of Portugal has been crumbling of late, bringing the prices severely down. April/ May is off-season as well.

How To Get There: Take the new promotional Air India flight to Madrid and take a train/ bus over to Portugal. Turkish Airlines, AirFrance are decent budget alternatives.

Morocco

Think of the vast Sahara desert, blue-dotted intricate streets, coloured carpets, and mouth-watering food – that’s Morocco for you. Just a short ferry ride from Spain/ Portugal, it is the perfect add-on in case you’re visiting either of these European nations.

Budget: Shoe-string budget. Flights maybe costly there but the food and stay options are as cheap as Thailand.

How To Get There: Couple it with a Portugal or Spain trip and take a short ferry ride. Direct flights from India are costly.

Austria-Czech Republic-Hungary

The confluence of Prague, Vienna, and Budapest makes for a fascinating European itinerary. While a mainstream travel option, these cities offer plenty for every type of traveller. Plus, you’ll get rather breezy and cold weather here. That’s always a win. Bring on the Medieval culture, we say.

Budget: Can be managed on a backpacker budget of $75 per day; Luxury options available as well

How To Get There: The cheapest way is to take Aeroflot from Delhi into any of the cities. ‘Fly Dubai’ from Mumbai is a cheap alternative.

August - September

While August doesn’t have a handful of holidays, Janmashtami and Independence day along with a couple of leaves can make for a good 10-day holiday opportunity. September’s Ganesh Chaturthi holiday will are give you a window to escape the hustle and bustle.

Russia Or Georgia

August is the perfect time to plot a trip to Russia or its cross-border enemy, Georgia. While Russia offers scenic train journeys, toy-like churches, and plenty of Vodka, Georgia offers the most gorgeous hills you might ever see! Since the weather will be cool but sunny, you’re bound to get great shots with blue, blue skies.

Budget: A bit higher than backpacker budgets (Expected spending of 100$ per day)

How To Get There: You can Fly Aeroflot from Delhi for as little as INR 25,000 INR return, but you’ll have to factor in Bangalore to Delhi costs. Train, maybe?

Indonesia

Bali is among the most popular destinations visited by Indians but Indonesia extends far beyond Bali. The likes of Raja Ampat, Yogyakarta, Lombok are off-the-beaten path and waiting to be explored. While it will be rather hot, that’s what you get for holidaying in the tropical zone, eh?

Budget: Backpacker budget; It’s one of the world’s cheapest economies and $50 a day should be plenty.

How To Get There: Fly Air Asia from Cochin/ Chennai/ Bangalore or Malindo Air from Mumbai.

South Africa

With a rugged coastline, free walking wild animals, gob-smacking views, and crazy adventure opportunities, South Africa is one of the planet’s best places for a holiday. And it’s perfect for safaris this time of year as the animals will make their way to watering holes.

Budget: Mid-range budget (75$-100$ per day)

How To Get There: It’s best to take Air Mauritius via Mauritius or Qatar Airways via Doha that’ll take you to Johannesburg. If you don’t mind airport hopping, Air Seychelles, Ethiopian Airlines, and Kenya Airways fly from Mumbai at dirt-cheap prices to Jo’burg.

October

With the Dusshera and Diwali festivities kicking in India, October is packed with plenty of holidays providing the ideal opportunity to travel without having to dig into those leaves.

Jordan Or Israel

Last October, we went to Jordan and were left in awe of its magnificent landscapes and rich history. From mountains and the seaside to unending deserts, it’s a small country and great to explore in just a week. Its neighbour, Israel, is equally beautiful and packs a punch when it comes to history.

Budget: Mid-Range to costly {expect to spend around $125 per day}

How To Get There: Air Arabia {via Sharjah} or Etihad Airways {through Abu Dhabi} will get you in to Amman or Tel-Aviv.

Turkey

While the political situation in Turkey remains unstable, there is no doubting the fascinating country that Turkey is. Stare at the paintings in Hagia Sofia, cruise by the Istanbul river, or take hot air balloon rides in Cappadocia – Turkey is a haven for travellers!

Budget: Backpacker Level (Around 75$ per day)

How To Get There: Turkish Airlines flies directly to Istanbul from prime Indian cities

Italy

Italy is a destination that requires no introduction. From Venice to Rome to Milan, Indian travellers have always been a predominant group in Italy. But, Italy also has some stunning places like Cinque Terre, Umbria that remain fairly unexplored.

Budget: Backpacker Level {Italy is still reeling from an economic crisis; Expect to spend $60 per day}

How To Get There: Saudia is the cheapest flight that takes you to Rome.

November - December

Winter of 2017 may seem far away now, but get planning early as most of the world is travelling and prices sky rocket for this period, before you know it. With so many holidays on offer, it remains the most popular travel season across the globe.

Croatia

Christmas season is a wonderful time to head over to Croatia that has found its place in travel annals thanks to The Game Of Thrones. From red-roofed buildings covered in snow, majestic coastal forts, lip-smacking seafood, and pretty Christmas markets to explore in the cold, all bundled up in coats, Croatia ought to find a place in your ‘must-go!’ list.

Budget: Mid-range {Expect to spend around $100 per day including car rentals}

How To Get There: Aeroflot from Delhi is the cheapest option from India to Zagreb; If you want to fly straight out of Bangalore, Lufthansa has options which connects you to Croatia Airlines in Frankfurt.

Burma

Burma barely feels like a working nation as it is still figuring out its very basics. But, for a traveller, Burma is awash with stuff to do. Take a cruise on the Irrawady river, wake up to sunrise in Bagan, or float over the pagodas on a hot air balloon… Burma is surely not going to disappoint you. December is the best time to visit as otherwise, the weather is rather hot in this little country.

Budget: Backpacker to luxury {Burma can be extremely costly if going for resort-stays et al, and extremely cheap otherwise}; Range from $50 to $200 per day.

How To Get There: Air India flies to Yangon from Kolkata and Delhi, but since entry is restricted, you’ll need to sort out permissions first.

Cambodia And Laos

A long-standing favourite among backpackers, Cambodia is one of the cheapest places to visit on Earth. Couple it with some time in offbeat Laos to ring in 2018 in grand fashion while keeping your wallets tight. It’s lovely if you don’t want a cold Christmas and New Year and it’s almost always warm in this part of the globe. Bring out the shorts and bikinis!

Budget: Backpacker Level (under $50 a day}

How To Get There: Air Asia is the best option, via Kuala Lumpur or Bangkok.

This post first appeared on Beyond The Wall.