For many of us travelling is not just a hobby, it is rather a way of life, a need in order to endure the daily hustles of life. Well, a fun vacation is all we need to unwind and get back to our best selves. But, 2020 seems to have failed all our plans. While we all have been resolutely waiting to get through the other side and brave this pandemic, here is something productive we can do to get our dream holiday to become a reality!
Our vacation Wishlist for the first half of 2020 might have gone for a toss but we’re looking forward to the end of the year and 2021. The once-in-a-lifetime journeys we’ll be taking to mark our freedom and experience the wonders of the world we can only dream about now.
Wondering if it is safe to travel? Where to go after the COVID-19 lockdown? Or maybe, cheap countries to visit after all this is over? Your hunt ends here. Here’s a guide to help you make your first-holiday (post-COVID) the one you’ll cherish forever. We’ve got you a list of 20 cheapest countries to travel from India after lockdown/during COVID-19.
Best Countries to Travel after the COVID lockdown
Snuggled beneath the majestic Himalayas, Nepal is a wonderful country filled with snow peaks and rivers, yaks and monasteries. This country extends its peaceful and serene atmosphere to everyone who wants to take a pause from the routine life. For all the adventure junkies out there, it is an excellent place to experience the adrenaline rush, and all without being too heavy on your pockets. It is one of the cheapest countries to visit after the lockdown from India!
Best places to see: Pashupatinath Temple, Lumbini, Nagarkot, Pokhara Valley and Chitwan National Park.
Per day stay cost: A good hostel will cost anywhere within INR 1000 to 2000.
Vietnam, a country nothing less than a paradise. Its lush landscapes, pristine beaches, limestone mountains, secret tunnels, bustling markets and not to miss its vibrant nightlife are among the top reasons why people travel to Vietnam. Amidst its striking panoramas, cruising in the Halong Bay, crawling through the Cu Chi Tunnels and tasting its lip-smacking Pho (Vietnam’s signature dish) are some of the things that can spice up your Vietnam trip.
Best places to see: Hạ Long Bay, Cu Chi Tunnel, Ban Gioc Waterfall and Mekong Delta
Per day stay cost: A good backpacker’s hostel would cost you less than INR 1000 per night.
The Happiest Country of Asia should make for a great vacation after the corona lockdown or the ‘not so happy times’ are over. Renowned for its natural elegance and endless unexplored terrains, it is the best pick if you want a peaceful and tranquil vacation. In addition, Indians can experience this nation even without a passport!
Best places to see: Paro Taktsang, Punakha Dzong, Gangtey Monastery, Trashigang and Haa Valley.
Per day stay cost: A homestay will cost you somewhere above INR 1500 per night with hotels starting from INR 2000 per night.
4. Sri Lanka
One of our bordering countries, Sri Lanka is a well-known Buddist and cultural centre. This country offers a wide range of activities at budget-friendly rates. So, on your vacation here hike up a mountain, relax on a deserted beach or maybe savor a cup of coffee on a picture-perfect farm, all of this and much more awaits you in Sri Lanka. In addition, this land also attracts many Indians for its famous Ramayana connection and is one of the best places to visit after the lockdown.
Best places to see: Nuwara Eliya, Yala National Park, Bentota Beach, Adams Peak and Mirissa
Per day stay cost: Go in for good Airbnb to reduce the per-day cost as low as INR 700-1000 per night.
The Southeast Asian nation is known for its rugged terrain, holy Buddhist monasteries and exquisite French architecture. Do visit its popular Bolaven Plateau, famous for its magnificent scenery, ancient villages and many unexplored corners. This country also homes some of Southeast Asia’s most striking waterfalls, including Tad Fane and Dong Hua Sao. In addition, a backpacking trip to Laos is a thrilling experience and even spending a week here would be worth it.
Best places to see: Luang Prabang, Wat Sisaket, Buddha Park, Wat Phu and That Ing Hang Stupa
Per day stay cost: Dorm rooms start from INR 400 and go until INR 800 per night. In case you go in for a hotel, the per-night charges will start from 1000 and above depending on the category and its facilities.
Thailand is a perfect blend of a modern cityscape with rich cultural rootedness. From the peaceful beaches to fancy culture trips, Thailand is an excellent destination for pleasure seekers. The vibrant nightlife, exquisite food and appealing wildlife make Thailand a go-to place destination. Moreover, the country welcomes visitors across all the three major seasons and is pleasant to travel and enjoy.
Best places to see: Floating Market Tour, James Bond Island, Ocean World, Phi Phi island, The Grand Palace and the temple of Emerald Buddha.
Per day stay cost: INR 1200 on an average depending on the area you choose to stay in.
Still, looking out for options? Singapore is the best and people’s favorite choice for a happy vacation from India. This country packs a lot of things in its tiny land, from wildlife parks, adventure gateways, man-made islands, spectacular skyscrapers, and its famous Gardens by the Bay. This place can keep you entertained all through the trip. Also, with many Indians having migrated here, Singapore has a rich cultural heritage from India, many Indian communities and of course a fantastic range of Indian restaurants.
Best places to see: Universal Studios, Sentosa Island, Gardens by the Bay, Merlion statue and Chinatown.
Per day stay cost: You can get hostels starting from INR 1700 in Singapore.
The diversity of Malaysia is probably the sole reason that makes it lively and vibrant across all the regions. From beautiful sunny beaches, mountainous treks, exotic islands, dense forests to picturesque towns and valleys, Malaysia offers something for both the adventure junkies and for the ones who are planning for a relaxed gateway. It’s a country that can never get you bored with its endless sites and attractions.
Best places to see: Petronas Tower, Langkawi, Redang Island, Sarawak and Genting highlands.
Per day stay cost: You can get hotels starting from INR 600 if you book well in advance.
Home to our dearest Bali, Indonesia also homes Lombok and Jakarta that not to be missed. It has everything from ancient temples, active volcanoes, sandy beaches, exciting adventures and a lot of budget shopping avenues. Given it’s closer to our country, you must definitely plan to visit this beautiful country. And of course, it’s a great pick if you don’t want to burn a hole in your pockets.
Best places to see: Bali, Jakarta, Malang, Lombok and Bandung.
Per day stay cost: You can get hotels from INR 2000 – 2500 per night. For more budget options, dorms are available at around INR 1000 per night.
The magnificent island of Maldives has always been an exotic location, especially for honeymooners. Though many think of it as a big-budget destination, Maldives is one of the most beautiful islands and an offbeat destination to celebrate all of your special occasions. All you need is thoughtful planning and some good research.
Best places to see: Atoll Transfer, Maldive Victory and Veligandu Beach Island.
Per day stay cost: You can get local guesthouses or homestays starting from INR 1500 and above per night.
Seychelles is a group of approximately 115 islands spread across the Indian Ocean is one of those isolated, romantic places we often see in movies. The white-sand beaches and clear blue waters enveloped by green mountains make it a top holiday spot, especially for the newlyweds. After the launch of Air Seychelles’ – a nonstop flight from Mumbai to Mahe (the central island of Seychelles) and a 30-day Visa on Arrival at no cost, this address has become more convenient for Indian travelers.
Best places to see: Mahe Island, Aride Island and Sainte Anne Marine National Park.
Per day stay cost: You can get hostels and hotels for as less as INR 1000 per night if booked in advance.
World-famous for its Angkor wat temple, Cambodia is a pure delight for budget explorers. From picture-perfect islands, Tarzan-worthy forests and antique temples, to its rich history and gracious people Cambodia has it all. If chilling out on the tropical beaches, relishing some freshly-made local dishes and hanging around with the locals is your idea of an ideal vacation then Cambodia should definitely be on your list.
Best places to see: Angkor Wat, Koh Ker and Silver Pagoda
Per day stay cost: You can get homestays and hostels for less than INR 1000 per night.
The Philippines is an exceptional country made up of more than 7,500 islands. Known for its pristine beaches, dense forests, historic monuments and majestic mountains it is catching up among the Indian travelers at a lightning rate. There are 20 active volcanoes throughout the islands and literally so much to see and do here, from amazing surfing spots to cascading rice fields, endless beaches, it’s tough to pick just among so many great things to do in the Philippines.
Best places to see: Palawan, Chocolate Hills and El Nido
Per day stay cost: Go in for homestays. It will take as less as INR 700 per night.
Turkey is one of the nations that is world-famous for its carpets. Besides the rich heritage and diverse culture, Turkey is one of the most sought-after vacation spots for Indians. Take a dip in thermal baths of Pamukkale, explore the ancient ruins of Ephesus, or enjoy a hot air balloon ride over Cappadocia, Turkey is sure to promise you some great fun. What makes it more interesting is that it is one of the most economical European countries to travel from India.
Best places to see: Grand bazaar, Antalya, Pamukkale and Ephesus
Per day stay cost: You can get hotels starting from INR 1500 per night.
Previously known as Burma, Myanmar is fast becoming a must-see destination in South Asia. Filled with touristy places, golden stupas, towering skyscrapers, ancient ruins, local tribes, untouched landscapes and peaceful beach resorts, this country is slowly opening to the contemporary world and there is so much one can discover across its mesmerizing cities. The best time to visit Myanmar is from November to February when it’s not too hot to stroll around and has a cool breeze that blows in making it a pleasant holiday.
Best places to see: Golden Rock Pagoda, Putao and Ngwe Saung Beach.
Per day stay cost: Airbnb will get you a stay as low as INR 3000 per night.
One of the oldest nations in the world and home to the great national cuisine, a chain of fantastic beach resorts and the Middle East’s most alluring city – Beirut. Lebanon is bestowed with stunning mountains, ancient ruins and its brave and courteous people. It is a great place to travel even if you are running a little tight on budget.
Best places to see: Tripoli, Deir el Qamar and Chekka
Per day stay cost: You can get stays as cheap as INR 1500 per night.
17. Hong Kong
With a great fusion of east and west, Hongkong has a diverse yet unique culture that brings ease to its visitors. Tourists can experience the views of the city from its skyscrapers, relish local food, celebrate festivals and indulge in a range of activities it has to offer. For all the shopaholics out there, Hong Kong is a gold mine in the true sense and can make up for all the blown shopping plans at extremely affordable prices.
Best places to see: Lantau Island, Stanley Market and Victoria’s Peak
Per day stay cost: Airbnb can get you deals starting from INR 2200 per night.
UAE is a popular destination for leisure travelers. Though many must have only heard of Abu Dhabi and Dubai, the other five Emirates are worth a visit. Basking some of the world’s famous wonders, the cities are a blend of modern and classical with deserts and seas. It is one of the safest countries in the world and can promise you a memorable vacation.
Best places to see: Burj Khalifa, Ferrari World, Yas Island, and Abu Dhabi.
Per day stay cost: Stay in hostels that can get you deals starting from INR 1500-2500 per night.
An excellent destination for all the animal and nature enthusiasts. Kenya offers everything you can expect keeping in mind its exotic wildlife. It also homes wonderful beaches, world-class trekking options, diverse heritage and surprisingly good nightlife. Watching the great migration in Masai Mara, getting licked by a hungry giraffe and cycling through the Gates of Hell are some of the best things to do in Kenya.
Best places to see: Masai Mara National Reserve, Lamu Island and Lake Nakuru.
Per day stay cost: Airbnb will give you a good service for as less as INR 1000 per night.
Initially called “Formosa”, Taiwan is a tiny country that packs in an endless number of awe-inspiring experiences, from the towering high-rises of Taipei to the secluded indigenous tribes of the Orchid Island. Travelers to Taiwan can be spoiled for choices when it comes to things to do and places of impressive natural beauty to visit. The National Palace Museum, Taroko Gorge, Yushan National Park and the Sun Moon Lake are a must-visit when here.
Best places to see: Taipei, Anping, Dajia and Jiaoxi.
Per day stay cost: Hostel stays start from Rs. 700 per night.
Excited already? Sure enough that the feeling is the same both ways. While keeping the list of places to visit after lockdown ready, check out the variety of family itineraries and Honeymoon packages offered by Pickyourtrail.
Let us keep our fingers crossed and hope we start knocking off one country at a time from the list soon. Until then stay home and stay safe!