Where to travel next: 5 Trips for a “micro-cation”
Time to start planning those long weekends again! And we have the inside scoop on the best spots for a quick, hassle-free journey from India. Need some downtime at a quiet seaside resort? Or stimulation for the adventure junkie in you? How about exploring some little-known historic wonders? Or finding solace in the lap of nature? Read on for inspired travel ideas for your upcoming weekend getaways.
1. Sri Lanka for cityscapes & island life
Experience the best of city life and beach bumming on this little island with a big heart. Start in colonial Colombo, exploring the gorgeous streets and architecture of the city. And then drive down to Sri Lanka’s most popular beach, Bentota. For a quiet day, opt for a boat safari through one of the last untouched mangrove forests in the country at the Madu Ganga wetlands.
2. Oman for an offbeat escape
The old-world yet off-beat charm of Muscat has made it a popular holiday destination, only 4 hours from India. Add to this the stunning natural beauty of the surrounding region and you have yourself a stimulating short break. Make a day trip to the ancient city of Nizwa, just under 2 hours from Muscat. Follow it up with a drive through Wadi Ghul, the Omani Grand Canyon. And don’t forget to pick up a souvenir from Muscat’s oldest souq.
3. Vietnam for a culture trip
The perfect island getaway to Vietnam begins with a day exploring the sights of one of the oldest capitals in the world, Hanoi. Follow it up with a relaxing luxury cruise on the beautiful Ha Long Bay to experience a tropical paradise. And add in some of the insanely delicious street food and the classic Vietnamese coffee for good measure!
4. Bali for pure indulgence & romance
Bali is a state of mind! And we have found the quickest ways to get you there. Beyond the eclectic beaches and parties of Kuta, Bali has many unique experiences to offer. Try a sunset trek and picnic on a live volcano or snorkelling at a fascinating underwater “temple”. Ideal for a romantic getaway with classy and indulgent stay options, from beachside villas to luxurious resorts, spas and more.
5. Georgia, the new hipster destination
The surprise contender on this list, Georgia has emerged as a popular destination in recent years, thanks to its uber-hip capital, Tbilisi, known for its world-class dining and clubbing. Bring it together with a trip to the ancient city of Mtshketa, Georgia’s spiritual heart and Bakuriani, a beautiful ski resort accessible with a ride on a 100-year-old “cuckoo” train.
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