Travelling is one of the most interesting things in life. Also, since Instagram’s inception, travel goals have touched newer heights, more specifically for the millennial & post-millennial generations. Travel is the trend. However, one thing that stops us all from packing our bags, and leaving for a globe-trotting tour of a lifetime, is a Vitamin M, where M means Money. One thing that holds us to our ground of sticking to our desks for a 9 to 5 job, excusing our wanderlust goals and travel dreams.
Well, not anymore. We took our travel shoes and went on a global expedition, through many travel websites & blogs to bring you the best out of the best information and data for your next foreign trip.
Here is a list of top 5 foreign destinations which are camera-friendly and pocket-friendly too.
Located amidst the highest and biggest mountain range of the Himalayas, Nepal is full of snowy peaks and clear streams with Yaks, Yetis, and monasteries all around. The city is full of adventure and nature and perfect and cheapest travel destination for Indians. The best thing is, Indians do not even need a passport to travel to Nepal.
Stay Cost Per Day: Average 1000 to 2000 INR.
Activities/Things to do: Visit Historically rich temples in Kathmandu and Pokhara. Try trekking in the World’s Highest Peak- Mt.Everest Base Camp. Take Nature Tours and Adventure Sports.
Places to see: Parsa Wildlife Reserve, Bhaktapur, Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park, Pashupatinath, Dakshinkali temple, Shechen Monastery, Lumbini, Boudhanath Stupa, Siddha Gufa, Hanuman Dhoka, Devi Fall, Shuklaphanta Wildlife Reserve
Food Cost Per Day: INR 500 onwards.
Transportation Cost: Average bus costs range from INR 470 and above (from Kathmandu to Pokhara).
A very small country in Southeast Asia, situated on the coast of the South China Sea, is famous for its beaches, natural heritage & rich history.
Stay Cost Per Day: Average 1000 INR.
Activities/Things to do: Perfect streets for Sightseeing, take a Yacht or Boat Cruise, go on a local market tour & buy some goodies for your loved ones at home, Caving, attend Vietnamese Cultural Tour, take an Island Tours or/and a Wildlife Tours.
Places to see Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Sapa, Ha Long Bay, Nha Trang, Mekong Delta etc.
Food Cost Per Day: INR 800 onwards for a 3-course meal in a mid-range restaurant.
Transportation Cost: Taxi Fares INR 35/km.
Bhutan, the neighbouring country of India, is the first carbon negative country in the world. Credit goes to the abundant forest land and agricultural activities in the country. It is the happiest country in the world and known for its peace & tranquillity. The country is most loved by adventure trekkers.
Stay Cost Per Day: Average 1500 to 2000 INR for decent hotels.
Activities/Things to do: Participate in Cultural Tours, go for local sightseeing, join Himalayan trekking/hiking tours, adventure sports & related activities, religious tours of monasteries and temples, the tour of wildlife reserves and forests.
Places to see: Phuentsholing, Thimpu, Punakha Dzong, Trashigang, Haa Valley, Trongsa, Dochula Pass, Rinpung Dzong, etc.
Food Cost Per Day: Starting from INR 100 to 400 per person per meal.
Transportation Cost: Bus time tables are hard to match with so sharing taxis is a good option. Plus, the rate of taxis varies area wise.
4. Sri Lanka
The country which comes from our legends, the prime location of Ramayana, Lanka, now known as Sri Lanka, is indeed the country as described in mythology. Ravana may not be around anymore, but his Lanka is as beautiful as any place can, till date. The country is filled with beautiful beaches, shores, mountains, falls, caves, and a lot more to explore.
Stay Cost Per Day: Airbnb can help you reduce per day stay cost to as low as INR 700-1000.
Activities/Things to do: The country offers heritage tours, religious visits to ancient temples and places from Ramayana. Sri Lanka’s art and culture are rich and so you must take a cultural tour. There are a lot of eater Adventure Sports, Wildlife Tours & Plantation Visits available.
Places to see: Colombo, Kandy, Yapahuwa Kurunegala, Galle, Tissamaharama, Kirinda, Sabaragamuwa, Panduwasnuwara, Dambadeniya, Matara, Kataragama are the top tourist attractions.
Food Cost Per Day: INR 300 – 1000
Transportation Cost: INR 120 onwards
Situated in the Southeast Asia sub-continent, the country is known for its mountainous ranges, Buddhist monasteries, and the beautiful French architecture. The country is one of the best ones to travel if you are an Indian who is short on cash and high on travel dreams.
Stay Cost Per Day: Average INR 400-800 in rental dorm rooms and INR 1000 in mid-range hotels.
Activities/Things to do: The night market in a small country is one of the top attractions. Further, the heritage & religious tour lets you witness the amazing history and architecture of the country. You can even rent a bicycle to go on a bicycle tour in the lap of natural forests and grasslands.
Places to see Vang Vieng, Wat Sisaket, Bokeo, Luang Prabang, That Luang, Buddha Park, The Plain of Jars, Wat Phu, That Ing Hang Stupa.
Food Cost Per Day: Lao food for INR 200 & western food for INR 300 in restaurants. If you go for a street food hunt, you cant fill your stomach in just INR 120-200.
Transportation Cost: Rented bikes come at INR 150-300 and tuk-tuks will cost around INR 250 depending on the distance.
So these were the top 5 countries or destination, which can get you an amazing international tour in 5 of the most beautiful Asian countries. If you estimate for a 4 to 7-day tour, you can live to the fullest at a cost between 30,000 to 50,000 (excluding inter-country travel charges). So if you are looking for a better travel destination and fed up with those short trips to Ladakh, Himachal, Goa, Manali & Ooty, these travel destinations are your cup of tea.