There’s no time like the present to start planning your travels. We’ve got a winning list of easily accessible international getaways to make the most of a break of three or four days. Cruise the golden sand dunes outside Dubai, dive beneath the surface of the Maldives, feast on delicious Sri Lankan fare.
Over 99 percent of the Maldives is water. The remaining one percent is divided into hundreds of little islands, most fringed by stunning coral reefs. Slather on the sunscreen, rent a snorkeling mask, and spend the day following baby reef sharks, spiral coral and feather stars. Intersperse ocean explorations with lounging on the islands’ exquisite beaches. Whether you’re planning a trip with your family, significant other, or a raucous group of friends, the Maldives is a great getaway. Here’s our guide to a world that is more blue than green.
Effort is made to ensure that the four-wheel drive in the desert is safe. Photo: David Trood/The Image Bank/Getty Images
Once you’re done with the mandatory mall visits and pictures with the Burj Khalifa, we recommend heading out of Dubai city. Leave the concrete jungle behind and set your sights on the desert dunes instead. Sample a slice of the Bedouin life with packages that include a safari, dune-bashing, and camel rides. Over a dinner of kebabs, watch a bellydancing show or simply drink in the magnificent views of the dunes at dusk. The night sky is even more spectacular. Read more here.
Pittu, a dish made of steamed rice flour and coconut, is popularly eaten for breakfast. Photo courtesy Palmyrah at the Renuka Hotel
Sri Lanka has a lot going for it. Beaches straight out of a postcard, lush forests, thriving wildlife, and a laidback island attitude that makes it hard to leave the country. But there’s something else: the glorious, coconut-flecked food. Fragrant curries, flaky kotthu rotis, and seafood fresh from the ocean. Follow our guide to discover what to eat, and where, in Sri Lanka’s charming capital city.
Cambodia is ideal for a short holiday because it’s close by, steeped in culture, and doesn’t burn a hole in the pocket. Explore the haunting Angkor Wat temple, visit stilling monastic complexes (that you may recognise from the Tomb Raider films), and dine on delicious French and Cambodian cuisine at Siem Reap’s chic cafes. Our guide will tell you all you need to know to plan your trip.
The sprawling temple of Angkor Wat is spread over two square kilometres. Photo: José Fuste Raga/Age Fotostock/Dinodia
Singapore is a great favourite of many Indian tourists. Photo: Leonid Yaitskiy/Flickr/Creative Commons (http://bit.ly/1jxQJMa)
Singapore’s an oldie but goodie, an all-time favourite with Indian families looking for a quick holiday that checks all the boxes. There are manicured parks, world-class zoos that give children the chance to meet fascinating animals, and an entire island dedicated to fun. But there are grown-up lures too: Hang out at the tranquil Botanic Gardens, tour the city’s quaint old neighbourhoods and funky new bars, or go sky-diving in Sentosa. Read our guides here and here.
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