10 Awesome Foreign Destinations You Can Visit Instead Of Buying An iPhone

The iPhone is cool, groovy, has a lot of eye-popping features, sure. And it’s also a brilliant device to flaunt. But what it doesn’t have is the potential to give you all the experience that only a holiday can get you. And when the holiday is enjoyed in some foreign destination where people all over the world are flocking to, the kind of experiences are sure to become memories that are bound to stay. Move aside Steve Jobs, for here are 10 awesome foreign destinations you can travel to instead of buying an iPhone.

1. Singapore

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If there’s one Asian country that has embraced modernity with a zest, it’s Singapore. Often cited as a model of progress, Singapore has such attractions as the Dhoby Ghaut Shopping stretch, the National Museum of Singapore, Dolphin Lagoon and the Underwater World.

Air fare: A round-trip from Mumbai or New Delhi will set you back by just Rs.20,000 to Rs. 22,000 whereas the same from Chennai or Kolkata will cost Rs.11,000 to Rs. 15,000.

Accommodation: You can look into the Fernloft City Hostel which charges you about Rs.600 per night. Also, there are budget hotels that start at Rs. 200 per night for a room.

Recommended duration: 4 days and 3 nights

Total budget: Rs. 42,000 (approx)

2. China

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In recent times, China has not only made a giant economic leap which has surprised the entire world but has also become one of the hottest tourist destinations on the planet- it is now the 3rd most visited country in the globe. And for good reasons too-for who can resist taking a walk on the Great Wall or checking out the famous terracotta warriors, not to mention the Shanghai Bund which has several historical buildings that astound you?

Air fare: Tickets to the land of the red dragon starts from Rs. 17,000

Accommodation: Plenty of hostels in Beijing would gladly put you up for as low as Rs. 500 per day.

Recommended duration: 5 days and 4 nights

Total budget: Rs. 40,000(approx)

3. Kenya

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Africa being the cradle of life-the place from where the progession of species began in earnest, Kenya still holds wonders of the natural world that you probably can’t experience anywhere else. The Masai Mara wildlife reserve is a great place to start exploring the wilderness whereas the Lake Makuru forms a tranquil counterpoint. The city of Nairobi where you get to see how Kenya has embedded the comforts of modernity in its cultural fabric is also well worth a visit.

Air fare: Plan some 5 to 6 months ahead and you can snatch a round-trip to Kenya from Rs. 26,000 up.

Accommodation: Stay options could start at Rs. 900 and if you’ve booked a safari, food and accommodation are bound to be part of the package.

Recommended duration: 5 days and 4 nights

Budget: Rs. 2,700 per day for a person(approx)

4. Egypt

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The vision of grand edifices rising from the desert with tops pointing to the heavens is one that will stay in your mind for a long time. And to experience such a vision, it’s the pyramids of Egypt one has to set their eyes on. Apart from the famous pyramids of Giza, other places of interest in Egypt include Alexandria, Aswan, Sinai and of course, the Red Sea.

Air fare: The airfare starts at about Rs. 24,000

Accommodation: Stay at a decent dormitory hostel in Egypt will cost just Rs.400 per night.

Recommended duration: 7 days and 6 nights

Total budget: Rs. 40,000(approx)

5. Turkey

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The presence of Istanbul in the country should be reason enough to visit Turkey. But in case that’s not enough of an allure  there’s also the experience of a charming night out in the town of Beyoglulying on the European side of Istanbul, close to the ocean. And while you’re in Turkey, don’t desist from hitting the Durum Sandwich stalls to make your taste buds dance.

Air fare: A round trip to Turkey will cost anywhere between Rs.30,000 and Rs. 35,000

Accommodation: A dormitory or hostel accommodation would cost you some Rs.500 per day

Recommended duration: 5 days and 4 nights

Total budget: Rs. 50,000(approx)

6. Vietnam

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One of the most picturesque places on the Indo-Chinese peninsula, Vietnam is a feast not just for the eyes but also for the palate-do try the local delicacies such as Cha Gio (fried spring rolls) or the Cha Ca(grilled minced fish) when you are there.

Air fare: The round-trip will cost you up from Rs.16,000. But to nail tickets at that rate, you have to book them at least 4 to 6 months prior.

Accommodation: The city of Ho Chi Minh is a destination bursting with energy and culture, which also has some economic hostels like the Eco backpackers hostel and the Suite backpackers Inn. A single bed in one of the dormitory rooms start at as low as Rs.400 a night. As for a single room in a hotel, it could come as cheap as Rs.700 per night.

Recommended duration: 6 days and 5 nights

Total budget: Rs.40,000 (approx)

7. Thailand

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With its white sandy beaches, valleys that lie in the shadow of majestic mountains and a bubbling hub of a metropolis, Thailand has plenty of exotica to offer the traveller. And with the amazing street-food options, you can charge yourself up for all the adventures that you find in this country.

Air fare: A round-trip from Mumbai or New Delhi will cost you somewhere between Rs. 17,000 and Rs. 20, 000.

Accommodation: Budget hotels are plenty in numbers, with fares as low as Rs. 600 per night for a person.

Recommended duration: 6 days and 5 nights

Total budget: Rs. 35,000(approx)

8. Malaysia

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With a pleasant climate, plenty of serene islands – not to mention the beaches, Malaysia is as welcoming a tourist destination as any. But that’s just half of it as the country also has highly developed urban centres-think Kuala Lumpur- that look futuristic to  Indian eyes. Places of interest include Sarawak, Redang Island, Pangkor, Elephant Orphanage sanctuary, the Batu caves and temple as also the Petronas Towers.

Air fare: A round trip to Malaysia could cost from Rs. 20,000 upwards

Accommodation: Surprisingly enough, in the hyper-city of Kuala Lumpur, it’s not unusual to find guesthouses and dormitory rooms that start at as low as Rs. 300 a night.

Recommended duration: 4 days and 3 nights

Total budget: Rs. 40,000

9. Cambodia

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This country with a rich heritage is  home to some of the most mesmerizing Hindu and Buddhist temples built before the age when history began to get recorded. There is also the beautiful Otres beach to visit and  such destinations as the temple-rich Siem Reap and the capital city, Phnom Penh.

Air fare: A round trip to the enchanting land starts from Rs. 25,000

Accommodation: A single day of accommodation could cost around Rs. 300

Recommended duration: 7 days and 6 nights

Total budget: Rs. 45,000(approx)

10. United Arab Emirates

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Anyone in the subcontinet who has ever watched TV would have come across two things-cricket and tourism ads for Dubai. All the hoopla surrounding the place as a tourism hub is not without reasons too. While you are in Dubai, it’ll be a shame if you don’t check out the Dubai Marina or the towering Burj Khalifa.

Air fare: The flight tickets can start at Rs.12,000 but there are seasonal variations to the rates

Accommodation: In Dubai, stay for a night would set you back by around Rs. 2000 per night

Recommended duration: 6 days and 5 nights

Total budget: Rs. 50,000(approx)

The fact that you won’t have an iPhone to take pictures with during your trip is but a minor compromise-the iPhone does give great images. For the memories of a trip are not something that any image could do justice to. Happy journey!

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