8 Best Nearby Places to Visit Outside India During This Diwali Break

Diwali is coming, and it’s a holiday time when kids and adults both love to enjoy. Some prefer to spend the days traditionally with family and relatives at home whereas some plan for traveling to new places. Traveling overseas to celebrate the festival with family and friends is the latest trend although India has several such beautiful places where you could go. But because it is a festive season, flight ticket and hotel cost a lot. And to skip that, planning has to done 4-5 months before.

What if you could travel someplace else without much planning and celebrate Diwali the way you want?

When in today’s market, international destinations are accessible, and if you are willing to spend little extra from your pocket, then I would say, an overseas traveling could bring you a lot of fun with unique experiences.

People’s mindset is changing, and you can celebrate the festival with your loved ones in a different challenging way. Diwali shouldn’t be limited only to sweets and shopping, let’s do something more and explore the outer world.

Here is a list of best nearby destinations that you might find interesting:

Dubai

Dubai celebrates all Hindu festivals. It has plenty of places where Diwali visitors can go and celebrate starting from shopping, buying gold in Dhanteras, sweets, and food. Dubai is a fantastic place when it comes to shopping. The Dubai Mall in Financial Centre Road is one of the largest in the world offering great shopping options. For cultural and traditional events, Sheikh Mohammed Centre is a good one. You can also witness the Light show during the Diwali day.

Thailand

The Southeast Asian country is a perfect beach holiday destination. There are a lot of things to do and explore in Thailand. Thai culture and tradition are something that I am often read about. The historical stories of its monarchy, religion, Buddhist temples everything is so rich and unique. Spending the Diwali, knowing something new could be quiet interesting rather than doing only shopping and be at home.

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Singapore

A trip to Singapore can be a bit expensive but if you are a travel enthusiast and love to explore then adding Singapore on your travel list is smart. The accommodation in Singapore isn’t cheap, so if you want to lower your budget, then there are plenty of other things where you can save your penny. Like, taking the public transport, taking a free walking tour, dining out during the happy hours. If you are looking for India cuisine, Singapore has ‘Little India’ where you can get delicious yet cheap foods.

The best way is to book your tickets two months before so that it won’t hurt your pocket much. With Makemytrip.com you can now cancel your ticket anytime with the refundable amount.

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Bali

Bali is yet another exciting holiday destination where culture is everywhere you look. With thousands of temples, ancient deities, traditional ceremonies, and rituals Bali is for them who loves to explore. You can enjoy both the incredible beaches of Bali and the culture paradise of Bali.

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Just research properly before going, you can either hire a guide or download ‘guidebook of Bali trip.’ It will smoother your journey.

Maldives

The Maldives are the ‘love to go’ holiday destination for the honeymooners. With access to easy visa policy, travel to this tropical island- clear water, luxury stay, beaches, warm sunny days and lot of many other things to do.

You can make your Diwali this year more romantic and happening in the Maldives.

Nepal

Nothing beats an excitement when you are in close proximity to the Himalayas. Spending the Diwali in a mundane way will be much more adventurous and interesting if you pick Nepal as your travel destination. This beautiful country where nature bestows everything that it has to offer. It is indeed, one of the best tourist attractions.

Why going to Switzerland when we have Nepal our neighborhood country. As there are limited flights, booking tickets 2-3 months before will be better.

Sri Lanka

Another neighboring country Sri Lanka, which is a paradise on the earth. Sri Lanka has a significant historical story where it is connected to India. Learn more about their cultural background, locals, delicious Sri Lankan cuisine and their connection with Buddhism. Sri Lankan cuisine does resemble the Indian cuisine not only this a lot of other things too.

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Diwali is celebrated in Sri Lanka too, and it is their public holiday. It will be a memorable experience, watching and able to observe the ‘Festival of Light’ in a different country but in a similar pattern.

Bhutan

This small Buddhist nation is tucked between India and China. Nature has showered all its blessings on it, and it has grown to be one of the most wanted destinations for the Indians. Those who love spending their Diwali holidays in peacefulness and want to be surrounded by only nature Bhutan would make the right choice.

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So, bring a change in your way of celebrating the Diwali. Let this Festival of Light bring happiness and love on everyone life through traveling.

Happy Diwali to you all in advance.

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A List of 29 Europe’s Best Less Traveled Holiday Destination

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A List of 29 Europe’s Best Less Traveled Holiday Destination

If I ever get a chance in my life to travel to Europe, then I will probably pick every city and town of this continent. Every country represents something unique about its culture, art, history, and nature.

Let me ask you all. What destination comes on your mind when you think of the beautiful continent Europe? Amsterdam, Rome, London or Venice?

Do you not feel like to go to places that reveals more and travel to the less known cities or towns?

Now is the time, if you have the opportunity and you are traveling next to Europe, you might want to reconsider your list of places.

If you are open to explore and experience new destinations then here is the list of 29 Europe’s best less traveled holiday destination. Give it a try.

  1. Leiden, The Netherlands

A small academic landmark in the Dutch country which attracts a considerable amount of tourist although. Leiden is the homeland of ancient university and museums.

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If you are in the Netherlands, Leiden could be stopping by place.

    2. Toulouse, France

Settled in southwestern France not very far from Spain. The city has earned its title “La Ville Rose.” A destination like Toulouse would be ideal for a laid-back holiday.

Spending days under the sunny climate, learning French, reading books over coffees at outdoor cafes and a walk through the narrow lanes. Toulouse is home to some of the ancient archeology and excellent art museums.

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With ample time in hand, admiring these extensive art collections and monumental rooms could be the best.

     3. Galway, Ireland

The county of Galway is a proud homeland sport and traditional music.

Not a very sports person? Not to worry because Galway is situated along the great Atlantic way and you could see some of the best sights of the coastline areas. And of course, experiencing Irish food and culture could be great for any traveler.

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Galway is worth going on your way to Ireland.

    4. San Sebastian, Spain

San Sebastian, the European capital of culture, is no longer a secret to people. Situated in the Basque county in Northern Spain. The city is one of the most lively, vigorous and a gem of exceptional food.

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The best holiday destination for summer, for its wild stretch of Atlantic golden beaches.

    5. Pag, Croatia

As you all know Croatia is a beautiful summer destination, so does Pag. It is said to be the party island of Croatia, but it is unusually a beautiful island which relatively barren with fewer trees and almost no vegetation. Pag has historical values and the economy of the island based on the salt production.

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   6. Hamburg, Germany

Hamburg is Germany’s most friendly city full of historical tales and striking architecture. You can’t escape the city’s dozens of canals which makes it look like ours very known ‘Venice’. There are several reasons why you should choose to come to Hamburg for your holiday destination.

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   7. Cappadocia, Turkey

Cappadocia is a magical place indeed. It is a dry plateau in the middle of Turkey which was once suppressed underneath volcanic ash. It is one of the most beautiful destinations for the photographers.

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Cappadocia is worth a stop by if you are in Turkey.

    8. Porto, Portugal

A long weekend in Porto, which is situated on the northern coast of Portugal could be one of the best places at a possibly cheap rate. Often, Porto is outshined by the popular city Lisbon. The city’s coastal streets, disintegrating yet colorful buildings, postcard architecture and Porto’s local culinary are the reasons why it is uniquely different to visit.

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   9. Transylvania, Romania

Romania’s Transylvania is the most popular for its Dracula’s Castle. Not only this, it has a historical background that you will enjoy after visiting Transylvania which is a kid-friendly place and a perfect family holiday destination in Europe.

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  10. Luxembourg

Situated right at the heart of Europe, with its uncountable natural treasures and rich cultural background. Luxembourg is often a forgotten place by the tourists. It has everything to offer that a tourist wants. Give it a try once. It is no less than London or Paris.

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  11. Utrecht, the Netherlands

When someone is planning for a Euro trip, most of them keep Netherland in the top of their list. Utrecht is the bustling university town with fantastic local shopping, brews, and cafes. It is a small town that can be covered by foot.

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  12. Sardinia, Italy

Who doesn’t love a holiday in Italy? Italian cuisines, county road drives, breweries. But if you are looking for beaches? Sardinia has some of the brilliant Mediterranean beaches. Tourist can have unlimited beach activity fun and food, nightlife, historical events, and city tour.

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A trip to Sardinia will pretty much cover everything that you aspire to do during the holidays.

  13. Whitstable, England

If you are visiting the United Kingdom and instead of spending your days in London, how about stop by in the countryside? Whitstable is only about 50 minutes from London, a beautiful English seaside. An evening walk along the seashore with your dog or partner watching the boats come and go with the crashing sound of countless waves is worth a look.

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  14. Lille, France

Lille in France is a warm and hospitable city. There are tons of heritage and historical places to explore and experience around the town. The best thing about the town is the connectivity. It is only 80 minutes away from London, and 60 minutes away from Paris through high-speed trains.

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  15. Tirana, Albania

Are you familiar with the name Albania?

Even a few months back, I wasn’t aware of Albania. I came to know about the country when I read about it in a travel magazine.

Albania is a place that has been less-traveled and unexplored. It is a city of colors with lots of cultures, heritage, and entertainment.

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  16. Bordeaux, France

France has so much to offer to its tourist. Each city has a rich historical and cultural background from the decades. Bordeaux is also such a city that grew from the ages.

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  17. Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn is a rich blend of architecture and culture and makes it a charming holiday destination. It is situated on the northern coast of the country which is nearer to Finland. The Old Town of Tallinn is also listed in the UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE sites.

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An offbeat vacation to Tallinn could be much more inspiring and exciting for you.

  18. Minsk, Belarus

Minsk has a history. It was, unfortunately, got destroyed about 80% in the World war II and it was rebuilt in the 1950s. What made Minsk a fantastic place to visit?

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Its Soviet architecture and winter will indeed give you an awestruck moment in Minsk.

  19. Azores, Portugal

The Azores is said to be “Europe’s secret island of adventure.” One of the amazing factors about the Azores – it is situated on the node of the European, American and African tectonic plates. The Azores is naturally rich surrounded with lush green all around.

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Hopefully, the tourist and the government of Portugal can keep Azores pollution free zone and sustainable.

  20. Cologne, Germany

If you are around Germany, then a stop by in Cologne won’t be wasting of time. With its cathedrals, food, city life and leisure, the city is a quite lively and dynamic one. Though, nothing much to say about Cologne if you have a day of free time during your stay in Germany.

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You may visit Cologne with your friends.

  21. Helsinki, Finland

Finland has been nominated quite a few times for being a peaceful country. Helsinki is the capital of Finland which is a modern city with advanced technology and business. Due to its proximity to the sea, fishing is one of their main occupations that boost their economy. Finish people are friendly and hospitable. But I believe the most amazing thing about traveling to a city in Finland would be to taste Finish culinary.

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  22. Maastricht, The Netherlands

Maastricht is yet another beautiful city of Netherland. Quite famous among the people of Netherland for its ancient churches and cathedrals. Spending a day or two in Maastricht during your stay in the country would be interesting for its exposure to be able to explore the Dutch architecture and designs.

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  23. Split, Croatia

A fantastic city with a blend of the modern and Roman era. An excellent option for the tourist those enjoys the nightlife, drinking, and architecture. The city of has tons to offer to its travelers and tourist. So, if you plan a long weekend to Split in Croatia? Won’t be a bad choice.

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  24. Bergen, Norway

Norway is an incredibly beautiful country to visit and live. Bergen is Norway’s second largest populous country, but it is less known to the tourist. With its photogenic neighborhoods, buildings, street, museums and galleries a trip to Bergen would give you ample of things to explore and worth your time. A picturesque walk, Norwegian food, admiring artwork, Norwegian mountains and tons of other things to see.

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  25. Bergamo, Italy

The Medieval town of Bergamo in the northeast of Milan is one of the less traveled destinations in Europe. You will tend to get lost in the rich heritage and ancient architectural world of this truly magnificent city. You can enjoy a city walking tour. A city can be explored best by foot. And of course, how can I forget Italian cuisine?

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Don’t forget to take your camera with you. Some spots are worth capturing.

  26. Valletta, Malta

This tiny town in Malta is giving a fierce competition to the other European cities concerning tourism. Valletta is listed in the UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE site as a European capital culture. The beautiful narrow streets, Mediterranean blue sea, museums, the architectural buildings, a walk around the city will give several reasons to stop here and explore more of its culture.

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  27. Gothenburg, Sweden

It is said to be the fifth largest city in the Nordic countries. If you want to enjoy a pure city life? Gothenburg has everything to offer. It is a vibrant city with significant economic development. Several big industries hailed from Sweden.

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  28. Lake Bled of Slovenia

A less-known place in Slovenia, Lake Bled is a treat to watch as it is a fairytale-like setting. Although Slovenia isn’t much famous as a holiday destination among the tourist, still you can give a try for something different.

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  29. Naples, Italy

Who loves pizza? Naples of Italy is a worth holidaying a long weekend. The city that depicts the contemporary by revealing the old Roman exciting town to its tourist. Famous for its Italian cuisine, you can devour the delicious Pizzas as much as you can.

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so, colorful isn’t it?

No matter which one you choose for your holiday destination but each of these places are unique, has a history to tell and extremely beautiful to enjoy. Europe will always be everyone’s ideal destination for holidaying with family or friends, but there are tons of places that are yet to explore more. Take the off beaten roads, start your journey and beat the crowd.

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Why Should You Go to a Private Island for a Romantic Vacation Once in a Lifetime?

Which couple doesn’t want to spend their romantic vacation on a beautiful secluded private island?

Spending your holidays in a private island could be once in a lifetime destination. These are the perfect spots for the couples to make their vacation unforgettable. These places come in a package where natural beauty blend beautifully with the luxury stay.

We all have dreams. Some love to travel for adventure, some for food, some to explore. Private islands are such places that are remote, far away from the vicinity of city life. No disturbances from the outer world, what so ever. It’s a place where you will get every desired thing for natural relaxation, beauty, excellent accommodation, lip-smacking food, and wilderness.

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Not to worry, as you won’t be detached from rest of the world. Even island resorts have free wi-fi, but you shouldn’t let yourself stuck with internet all the while rather utilize the time and place towards your relationship.

If you love beaches, a private island destination is what you will adore. Here arises a question, why a private island?

There are plenty of other beach destinations all around the world that are unconventionally beautiful, and many are perfect romantic beach spots.

Why would people want to spend more if they get what they want within their budget?

There were days when vacationing in private islands was meant for rich people. Spending thousands of dollars on vacation won’t bother them much. Even today, business tycoons and celebrities prefer vacationing in luxury private islands.

Some did invest in private islands for themselves, and some even bought a private island and turned it into a business.

But the tourism industry has brought changes in the last few decades. There are quite a few affordable private islands too in the real world. Our dream of staying in a luxury resort which is situated right above the pristine blue seawater can come true.

Who won’t enjoy all this if it is affordable? Couples can plan for their destination wedding, or they can celebrate their anniversary in one of the secluded yet stunning islands. These places create memories which are treasured.

On this occasion, I would also like to share something with you all. My husband and I also wanted a destination wedding for us in a beach resort in the Maldives. But because we belong from a middle-class family, the entire destination wedding thing in the Maldives was quite expensive a few years ago. As a result, we had to drop the plan.

But now I see, few such private island resorts are way cheaper and can make your dream and wishes come true.

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They offer various water activities like kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving. You can enjoy watching the coral life and underwater sea life. The cottages over the water are although a bit on a higher range, but it also provides the best view of nature.

Here is a list of a few best and exclusive private island resorts:

  • Laucala Island, Fiji
  • Como Parrot Cay, Turks, and Caico
  • Necker Island, British Virgin Islands
  • Hayman Island, Australia
  • Moskito Island, British Virgin Islands

Now, let us have a look on the list of the top best affordable private island:

  • Pink Pearl Island, Nicaragua – range starts from $500 per night
  • Private heaven, Carribean – range starts from $350 per night
  • Cooper Island Beach club the British Virgin Islands – range starts from $270 per night
  • Robinson Crusoe Island, Fiji – range starts from $70 per night
  • Nangyuan Island Dive Resort Thailand – range starts from $100 per night

So, next time if you want you can plan for a private island romantic vacation. Don’t overthink about the cost. Choose to spend a special occasion with your spouse to make it memorable. Spending quality time in a beautiful place with your partner is what we call a ‘romantic vacation.’

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Best Kid-Friendly tourist attraction spots in Pattaya.

The other day a friend of mine was asking me about places where she can go with her family. I suggested Pattaya with many other names. But to my surprise, she wasn’t convinced although that Pattaya is a kid-friendly place to go.

I say, thanks to the reputation of the place. So, I explained to her that Pattaya is indeed a great place to bring your kids and introducing them to the Thai culture and tradition. It also offers plenty of kid activities and fun spots that they will cherish later.

In this, I must say, that many people do have the same kind of notion about Pattaya of not being a place where you can take your kids.

Let me add a few such amazing places on the lists where kids can have fun and are ideal for them too.

  1. Cartoon Network Amazone Waterpark

The Cartoon Network Amazone Waterpark is a theme amusement park, located south of Pattaya. Not only the park provides unlimited fun for kids, but also there are ample of water activities for adults. The entire waterpark features all the famous cartoon network characters. It is an absolute family-friendly place. If you want something more, then several live shows in the park will bring more entertainment for you.

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  1. Pattaya Elephant Jungle Sanctuary

Who doesn’t enjoy the company of an elephant? Your kids can see and touch the elephants at the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary in Pattaya city. Let your kids get closer to the elephants with the presence of the guides of course. The Sanctuary provides educational elephant welfare programs; your kids will have the opportunity to learn about the mighty elephant, why it is essential to protect them and how they can be protected and taken care of.

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  1. Pattaya Underwater World

Pattaya Underwater World is the best family and kid-friendly place to visit. It is home to the marine life, watching them will give your kids a memorable moment that they will cherish throughout their life. The fascinating, colorful corals and sea animals by walking through a long glass tunnel, the feeling will be beyond words. So, if ever you are taking your kids with you to Pattaya, don’t forget to visit the popular Underwater World. The entrance fee for adult is 500 THB, and for children, it is 300 THB.

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  1. Swim with the Dolphins at Pattaya Dolphin World

Dolphin is an adorable animal, and kids love this beautiful creature. At Dolphin World in Pattaya, they host shows that feature various stunt by the dolphins. Later the show gets over, sometimes the guides let the little ones touch and play with the dolphins.

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  1. Art in Paradise

The museum “Art in Paradise” is a three- dimensional museum which means the paintings in the gallery looks three times as large as the object which will mesmerize the kids and adults too. Take your kids to this museum and enrich them with the fascinating artwork.

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Plan your next trip in Pattaya and have fun with your children taking them to these places. I hope your children will love and enjoy.

Also, if someone knows any other kid-friendly places in Pattaya, I welcome them to comment in the below.