Off-Beat Winter Destinations to Explore without Spending a Fortune

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Off-Beat Winter Destinations to Explore without Spending a Fortune

Winter is coming! Brrr!!! Put an end to layers of jackets and gloves and instead reach for your beachwear. Yes, this winter, pack up your bags and head to these exotic destinations to soak up a bit of winter sun. Here are the season’s least explored destinations.

Winter is indeed a magical time to travel. With Christmas and New Year around the corner, the world takes on a cheerful glow, as people bid adieu to the current year and get ready to welcome the next one.

But, does the thought of winter chills make you want to snuggle up with a cosy blanket on your couch? Worry not, here is a handpicked list that gives you the best places to enjoy a bit of winter sun!

  1. Dubai

With a pleasant climate around the year, Dubai is one of the best places to travel in winter. Known for its magnificent skyscrapers, stunning architecture and vibrant shopping scenes, Dubai is a perennial favourite for Indian vacationers. Whether you want to experience an adrenaline rush with adventure activities like parasailing or a desert safari, or check out the latest designer labels, or just soak in the mesmerising beauty of Arabian Architecture, Dubai has got it all.

What more, a round trip say Bangalore to Dubai Flights or Delhi to Dubai flights and from other cities can many times cost lesser than 20k, making it the perfect pocket-friendly winter getaway for the entire family.

  1. Philippines

This Southeast Asian country is renowned for its enthralling beaches and mesmerising islands. Indeed the pristine beaches that dot this country look like they dropped out of a children’s picture storybook. Stroll around the numerous waterfront promenades as you marvel at the best of colonial architecture.

And, if you’re a foodie, then you’ll fall in love with Philippines all over again. With a wide variety of local and global dishes, there’s no dearth of choices. And what more, food and accommodation are way cheaper compared to similar locations in Europe.

  1. Bhutan

Named as one of the “Happiest” places in the world, this tiny landlocked country nestled in the Himalayas is a must visit for anyone who wishes to escape the stress and pollution of the cities. Bhutan offers a breath of fresh air for vacationers.

With majestic views of the pristine Himalayas, scenic landscapes and valleys, splendid weather, mystic monasteries, Bhutan appeals to all types of travellers, be it the fitness freaks, adventure enthusiasts or religious minded.

You’re sure to leave Bhutan feeling refreshed and reinvigorated!

  1. Phuket, Thailand

What more to say about Thailand, that hasn’t been told already? It’s the ultimate party destination for Indians of all ages. Whether you want to relax on its spectacular beaches, take part in the vibrant nightlife, or go on a shopping spree, Thailand has it all and that too at pocket-friendly prices.

With dry weather from September till February, Thailand is perfect for your winter escapade. Don’t forget to enjoy some of the lip-smacking dishes and check out the wonderful monasteries and temples, to get a glimpse of the other side of this popular Southeast Asian destination.

  1. Abu Dhabi and Kuwait, UAE

Abu Dhabi and Kuwait are often overlooked due to the Vegas-like extravagance of Dubai. However, more and more discerning travellers are learning that these two cities have plenty more to offer than the neighbouring city.

With pleasant temperatures, impressive architecture, a wide array of cuisines and dishes, the best of Bedouin hospitality and cheap fares on Kuwait Airways, Air Arabia and many others from India, these two cities of the UAE are a pocket-friendly destination this winter.

Where are you headed this Winter?

This winter get out of your comfort zone and travel to any one of these off-beat destinations, without burning a hole in your pocket and covering yourself with layers of fleece and jackets!

Clare Louise

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