Planning An International Trip On A Budget? Hit Up These 10 Spots For An Affordable Vacay

When you think international destinations, do you immediately start wondering how much you’ll have to save to get there? Fret no more, dear Indian traveller. The good news is that there are plenty of international destinations you can visit without having to mortgage your house. Here are our top picks:

Colombo, Sri Lanka

If all you have is a few days off, and you want to get out of the country, head to Colombo. Visit the Gangaramaya Temple and other nearby Buddhist temples for a spiritual experience. Walk around in the Colombo Fort area where every building has a rich history, and so many tales to tell. Bargain to your heart’s content at Pettah Market and savour delicious Sri Lankan food, especially if you like seafood. But vegetarians, don’t worry, there’s plenty for you too in Colombo.

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Krabi, Thailand

Krabi is one of those international trips about which you can safely say – “Ah, the pictures weren’t photoshopped!” The white beaches, blue waters and coral reefs are actually that lovely. Scuba diving enthusiasts can have a whale of a time here and there’s plenty of exotic flora and fauna in the tropical forests if you’re up for some exploring. Of course for the beach bums, this is paradise – lounge as you sip your minty cocktails!

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Kathmandu, Nepal

Just across the border and a very cheap flight away from New Delhi sits Kathmandu – with promises of mountains and spirituality. Apart from being a gateway to the Himalayas for mountaineering enthusiasts, a trip to Kathmandu is a nice blend of the modern and the traditional. Durbar Square is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and has several palaces and temples waiting to be explored. The Thamel area has tons of shops selling everything from mountaineering gear to souvenirs. The Pashupatinath Temple is the city’s oldest Hindu temple, while the Bodhnath Stupa is one of the oldest Buddhist temples in the world. Know more about Nepal here.

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Yet another ideal destination when you have limited time and a tight budget is Singapore. The glitzy city has much more than the fashion labels at Orchard Street. Soak in the culture at Chinatown Heritage Centre, or take a cruise on the Singapore River. Visit the Singapore Zoo and make sure you don’t miss the Night Safari. Spend an evening at the Marina Bay area and explore the many dining options at Clarke Quay. Plan your trip early for cheap flight tickets, book your hotel in advance too, and enjoy an affordable Singapore holiday.

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Malacca, Malaysia

With its Portuguese influence clearly visible in the buildings and streets, Malacca is truly one of the top economical international trips from India, and a city that is brimming with history. Jonker Street is a great place to stumble upon antiques and other collectibles. With its myriad colours, Malacca is a photographer’s delight too. Get here by road after a flight to the country’s capital – Kuala Lumpur, it’ll just take you about an hour and a half.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Surprised that it made to our list of the best cheap international trips from India? It takes a while for an outsider to look beyond the layers of glamour that Dubai seems to have become synonymous with. But you’ll notice that there is so much you can do in this incredible city. A long walk around the old Bastakiya district is a must for history buffs. Also visit the Deira Gold Souk just for the experience. Get away from the traffic and crowds and take a desert safari to do some dune bashing. Or just be a tourist and visit the Burj Khalifa and other notable skyscrapers {if only for the splendid views}.

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Bangkok, Thailand

How many of you have asked friends to purchase electronic goods or branded accessories from Bangkok? Why not head there and buy them for yourself, because if you plan reasonably well in advance, tickets to Bangkok are pretty cheap from Mumbai, New Delhi or any other major Indian city. And Bangkok is not just a retail therapy haven, but it is also full of beautiful Buddhist temples, lip smackingly delicious street food and lovely floating markets.

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Bali, Indonesia

Rice plantations so green that you wonder if nature has some kind of photoshop. Intricately sculpted temples, blue-green seas and sandy beaches – these are just a few things from the mixed goody bag that is Bali. Laze on the glorious beaches of Seminyak and Nusa Dua. Visit the crafts villages in Ubud and the surrounding villages. Water sports enthusiasts have tons of options to go surfing or diving. If you’re feeling more adventurous, trek up Mount Batur, one of Bali’s active volcanoes. After your trek, treat those sore muscles to a relaxing Balinese massage.

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Male, Maldives

The Maldives, with its turquoise waters, colourful sea life and exotic spas, has in recent years been wooing the Indian traveller like never before. Male, the capital of the Maldives, is located in the North Male Atoll, and is connected by air to major Indian cities. The underwater life in the sea lends a whole new meaning to the term colourful, and scuba diving enthusiasts are set to have a highly memorable experience. After a few days in the capital, head out to explore another inhabited island to get a true taste of the culture in this beautiful country.

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Phuket, Thailand

Yes, Thailand features again in our list of cheap international trips from India. That’s how budget friendly it is. The world first noticed Phuket after the 1974 James Bond flick – The Man With the Golden Gun was shot there. It continues to attract travellers with its sandy beaches, clear waters and vibrant nightlife. Whether you are looking to have a quiet time by the beach or party hard, Phuket is a great option.

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This recommendation was first published on Skyscanner.