Five Best Destinations for International Travel
“On a monthly basis, we’ve seen an increase of around 30% in international travel bookings,” said Rikant Pittie, co-founder of EaseMyTrip.
However, due to the suspension of regular commercial flights, you may find fewer holiday options abroad and the imbalance between supply and demand has made air travel expensive.
“Supply is currently limited due to limited capacity in current bubble flight arrangements,” said Indiver Rastogi, President and Group Head, Global Business Travel at Thomas Cook (India) and SOTC.
That said, some destinations already offer value for your money.
For example, the Maldives and Dubai opened travel to Indian travelers soon after the second wave of covid last year, so airfare and accommodation costs have streamlined in those countries.
The depreciation of the Turkish lira has made the cost of local transport, food and entertainment significantly cheaper.
Mint has selected five international destinations for you that currently offer the best value for money.
We shortlisted these destinations based on cheap airfares and accommodation.
We’ve selected the fastest flight options with the best price from Mumbai and average prices for 3-star hotels.
To reduce accommodation costs by 30-40%, you can rent vacation apartments or bed and breakfasts (B&Bs) instead of hotels (see chart).
The prices for each destination are for a couple and indicative.
Rastogi said Sri Lanka is one of the most popular nearby destinations because it offers great value and affordable luxury. “Over the past 10-15 days, air fares from India to Sri Lanka have seen a reduction of 30%,” he said. Experts don’t know if this reduction is due to the country’s struggling economy at the moment, but it represents a good opportunity for tourists. to negotiate cheaper exchange rates. Sri Lanka has also resumed visas on arrival. It is one of the most affordable destinations for Indians with complete packages for a 7 day trip for a couple starting from as low as ₹40,000 (excluding airfare).
The island nation has become India’s favorite holiday destination amid the pandemic as it was among the first countries to open borders to Indian travellers. The Maldives offers experiences and accommodation options for all budgets, with wide stretches of white sandy beaches open to all. The Maldives is the ideal vacation spot to relax as tourist activities are limited and it is a paradise for water sports enthusiasts. Activities such as scuba diving, snorkeling, etc. can cost between ₹500 and ₹5,000, so we suggest you budget accordingly.
The ongoing crisis between Ukraine and Russia could drive up airfares to Paris, so flights should be booked in advance. Mint research shows the round-trip airfare to Paris has gone from ₹51,000 to ₹63,000 last week. Also, Covaxin is not valid here, so travelers who have taken Covaxin injections will be treated as unvaccinated upon arrival. They will be required to take an RTPCR test upon arrival, but there is no mandatory quarantine if they do not test positive. Of the popular destinations in Europe open to Indian tourists, airfares to France are currently the cheapest.
Currently, Dubai is one of the most easily accessible foreign destinations for Indian travelers, with 7-8 direct flights per day. Last week, the country lifted the mandatory fast RTPCR at the departure airport, making travel much easier. For local travel, you can book a day taxi from a local operator or simply book Uber whenever you need to get from one point to another, both available at reasonable prices. For longer journeys, the metro and bus are the fastest and cheapest options. After the recent annual Dubai Shopping Festival, hotel prices were reduced by 10-15%.
The lira, Turkey’s currency, has lost nearly 50% of its value over the past year, providing a cheap vacation opportunity for do-it-yourself travellers. However, note that air and hotel fares have remained largely unchanged in Turkey, as fares are contracted in USD. Tourists can save significantly on all expenses incurred in Lira such as travel, shopping, food, entertainment, etc. Also, instead of booking hotels online in advance, you can search for paid guesthouses, B&Bs or holiday apartments in Lira through local tour operators to reduce accommodation costs.
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