The rupee isn’t putting up a great show right now, but don’t postpone those plans to holiday abroad just yet. Some places are actually affordable. You could get a taste of everything Africa has to offer with one condensed trip to the underrated destination of Uganda or see such dramatic landscapes that it would be difficult for you to put your camera down for a single minute in South Africa.
There’s art and culture peeking out of every nook and corner in Spain even as you drive by charming coves along the Mediterranean. Or plan the trip of a lifetime to one of the youngest countries in Africa, Namibia, and check out the game there. So pack those bags and leave for some offbeat and some popular destinations that are considerably cheaper currently.
Greece: The Greeks are into politics, coffee, art and gossiping, not necessarily in that order. While the current political situation in the country keeps the locals busy, you could visit their world-renowned ancient monuments, learn about Greek mythology or head to their modern museums. And despite the several cultural pursuits possible, the local cuisine and music just cannot be missed.
Slovania: The jet-setters may prefer Italy, Austria or Hungary, but picture-perfect Slovenia offers the best of these worlds for one-third the price. Walking and cycling are the best ways to explore the country dotted with Alpine peaks and sparkling lakes that seem lifted right out of a postcard. Foodies, watch those scales. This place is a culinary delight.
Thailand: Cheap? Check. Close? Check. Good food? Check. And if there is still any doubt,Thailand is ranked no.1 in regards to outbound destination for Indian travellers. Still need convincing?
Peru: Few places offer as wide a range of experiences. Take a slow boat ride down the Amazon, taking in the beauty of the rainforests. Or head on the Inca trail that ends at the world-famous citadel, Wayna Picchu.
South Africa: Diverse landscapes mean you could visit the Kalahari Desert one day, take a cable car up to Table Mountain for one of the best views on earth the next, and then see the ‘big five’ on the third.
Uganda: From spending time with one of the rarest animals on the planet, the majestic mountain gorilla, to visiting the source of the Nile, a holiday here is easily one-of-a-kind.
Spain: Spaniards love the good life, so go expecting great food and delicious wine. Spain also doesn’t lack in terms of visual delights and the best way to take in the landscape is with a self-drive.
Namibia: The rugged getaway has the advantage of not being as commercial as some of its neighbours. It also gives tourists the ‘big five’ experience. Do check out the dunes of the Namib-Naukluft Park.
1 Euro = 77 INR
airfare: Rs. 45,715
Must see: Acropolis, Ancient Delphi, Ancient Delos, Knossos, White Tower and more
1 Uganda Shilling = 0.023 INR
airfare: Rs. 36,989
Must see: Sipi Falls, Source of the Nile, Gandhi’s shrine and more
1 Euro = 77 INR
airfare: Rs. 49,716
Must see: Park Güell, La Sagrada Família, Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Museo Guggenheim and more
1 Namibian Dollar = 5.96 INR
airfare: Rs. 80,000
Must see: Etosha National Park, Fish River Canyon, and Haunted Forest
1 Peruvian Nuevo Sol = 21.93 INR
airfare: Rs. 1,00,000
Must see: Wayna Picchu, Parque Nacional Manu, Nazca Lines and more
1 Thai Baht = 1.93 INR
airfare: Rs. 19,408
Must see: Phang Nga Bay, Phi Phi Islands, Railay Beach, Ayutthaya and Floating Markets
1 SA Rand = 5.95 INR
airfare: Rs. 41,926
Must see: Table Mountain, Robben Island, Cape of Good Hope, Kruger National Park, Apartheid Museum and more
1 Euro = 77 INR
airfare: Rs. 50,341
Must see: Bled Castle, Celje Old Castle, PrešernovTrg, Postojna Cave and the countryside
(Currency conversion rates are approximate. Airfares are for one person on a round trip from August 1-7. Figures were calculated at the time of goIng to press)