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10 Budget Friendly International Holiday Destinations

Posted by Royal Sundaram on 18 Jun 2015

It is that time of the year again when the entire neighborhood seems to be planning holidays and packing their bags. Do you have children discussing exciting vacations with wide eyed anticipation? Are budget constraints holding you back? Holidays abroad need not necessarily be over the top, burning a hole in your pocket and your credit card! Believe it or not, there are attractive foreign locations that can be explored at unbelievable prices. And what’s more, each one will have something unique to offer. Take a look at the top 10 options.

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International Getaways on a Budget

Some of the destinations that offer tempting deals for a budget holiday overseas include

1. Bangkok, Thailand: Believe it or not, traveling to this bustling capital city of Thailand would be even cheaper than heading to any exotic Indian location and it is best suited for wholesome entertainment. Enjoy street shopping and pick up electronic goods, branded shades and stylish clothes at cheap prices. Head to Wat Pho for a glimpse of the gigantic reclining Buddha.  Gorge on the most scrumptious street food. Don’t miss the Pad Thai noodles and Tom Yam soup! You can even experience shopping by boat on the Klong or canal. Top it all up with visits to one or many of the massage parlors dotting the lanes of this buzzing city to relax and rejuvenate the senses.

2. China: There is a lot more to China than cheap goods and bizarre food as we like to think.. Visit “The Forbidden City” for its glorious architectural wonders and witness strict adherence to some serious Feng Shui rules. Beijing is home to the Great Wall of China, the only manmade monument that can be spotted from space. The Temple of Heaven is a fascinating site too. Do not miss to visit Shanghai, it is a unique experience in itself. It is China’s biggest city. The unique confluence of eastern and western cultures can be witnessed here. And of course, the scale and pace of development will leave you awestruck.

3. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Malaysia is perhaps one of the most popular international destinations for Indians. The locals score high on hospitality, welcoming one and all with equal warmth. Enjoy breathtaking views of the city from the Petronas Twin Towers. The colourful Chinatown is a well-known bargain hunter’s paradise that seemingly never sleeps. Joining a walking tour is a fun and cheap way to explore the city. And, if you have the time, exotic destinations like Langkawi and Penang are temptingly close.

4. Tokyo, Japan: The buzzing capital of Japan is a treat for the eye. The Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden is supposed to be the most beautiful in Tokya. Yoyogi Park is the best place to catch up with the latest trends and styles waiting to welcome you. And if shopping delights you, head to Ginza. The colorful outlets here stock all prominent brands across the globe. You will find some very interesting custom designed boutique outlets here too. Beyond Tokyo, you can head to Kyoto and Osaka, the latter being the most beautiful city in Japan.

5. Bali, Indonesia: The country of Indonesia holds special interest for Indian tourists because several Hindu monuments and temples can be found here. The method of worship is distinctly different however, and interesting to witness.  If you are a nature lover, you will love it here. Crystal clear blue waters caressing your feet, gorgeous flora and fauna and some of the most varied tropical settings soothe your senses in this wonderland. The stunning landscape will mesmerize you. The Indonesian capital of Bali is also known for some the best spa treatments in the world. Indulge in pure luxury at affordable prices right here.

6. Porto, Portugal: There is so much to see and do in Porto. Walking around Bolhao market you get the feeling that you have stepped back in time, or that time has stood still for many, many year. Don’t miss the Casa da Musica, a major concert hall which houses the cultural institution of the same name with its three orchestras -Orquestra Nacional do Porto, Orquestra Barroca and Remix Ensemble. Visit the Serralves Museum, where the two buildings housing the museum themselves are works of art, as much as the displays exhibited inside.  And if medieval architecture is your thing, plan a trip to the Cathedral and Sao Francisco Church. The lavish interiors of the latter are completely covered in gold! Sao Bento is one of the most interesting train stations you will ever see. It’s small and busy and it is located just in the middle of the city. It was inaugurated at the beginning of the last century and just as you enter it, there are these huge walls covered in azulejos, blue and white tiles depicting important moments from Portugal history.

7. Antwerp, Belgium: If Europe seems like an interesting option, this one could be an interesting city to try on a budget. The Antwerp Cathedral is the largest among Gothic Cathedrals of the Benelux countries and should not be missed. Stadsfeestzaal is the most aesthetic shopping centre you will ever come across. Just walk down any street to witness the stylish architecture and the upscale art galleries. Visit some of the more famous antique shops for some intriguing findings. You can even buy diamonds for cheap here. And, of course, stock up on some great Belgian outfits and indulge in a seafood platter. Antwerp is also famous for its cakes and ice creams.

8. Milan, Italy: If fashion excites you, head to this city for experiences like no other. The place literally dictates the fashion trends. And should you know where to look because incredible shopping bargains are on offer here. You can almost feel the fashion vibe as you stroll through the streets. Of course, Da Vinci’s “Last Supper” at the Santa Maria delle Grazie church should not be missed. Head to the Navigli District for a quick rewind. This is where art lovers meet and mingle for a good time. It could be a memorable experience to spend an evening in their company. Galleria Vittorio Emanuele is build with 18th century glass and iron covered gallery is home to many beautiful shops, restaurants and cafes.

9. Chicago, USA: If America is your dream call, there is no place like the Windy City. Just because the city boasts newfound glamour does not mean that visiting here costs a fortune. Some of the best attractions here, like The Millennium Park and Navy Pier, are actually free. Besides, world class museums, colorful shopping districts and a glorious nightlife also await you here. This is also the home of the famous deep dish pizza, and it is quite affordable too. Buckingham Fountain is a beautiful fountain and it is actually considered one of the largest ones in the world. From the fountain you will also have a great view of the sailboats on Lake Michigan. Chicago is a great city to head to if you want to enjoy the American way of life on a budget.

10. St. Petersburg, Russia: If you have always yearned to explore Russia, its cultural centre is the best place to be in. Iconic structures like the Bronze Horseman and Kazan Cathedral should not be missed. Heading to the Mariinsky Theatre for a play or ballet is a great idea too. Visit the Russian museum for its iconic paintings and abstract work. St. Petersburg’s Botanical Garden is located on the Petrograd side, and is one of the oldest Botanical Gardens in the country. Originally the Garden focused mainly on growing medicinal herbs, but soon people began bringing saplings and seeds of rare and exotic plants for which a greenhouse was specially built. And if you are planning a trip in June, the famous White Night Festival can be enjoyed too.

So, go ahead and check out the best deals on flights and accommodation, and while you are at it, don’t forget to check out the travel insurance international packages on offer for a safe and memorable holiday. After having spent so much time and money planning an unforgettable holiday, you don’t want to leave yourself vulnerable to mishaps in a foreign land that could completely overthrow your budget and leave you with a bitter memory in a foreign land.

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