Want to make an international trip, but low on budget? Worry not, we have you covered. This article has a list of 10 international destinations where Indian travellers can go on a holiday for under ₹90,000 per head. And trust me, these destinations are the optimum places to spend your savings. Embarking on an international adventure doesn’t have to be a strain on your wallet. From breathtaking landscapes to vibrant cultures, these destinations offer a perfect balance of affordability and enriching experiences. Whether you’re a nature enthusiast, history buff, or a food lover, you’ll find something appealing in each location. Here is a list of 10 carefully curated international destinations – In no particular order – that cater to Indian travellers on a budget, allowing them to experience a remarkable holiday without exceeding ₹90,000 per person. (Image: Shutterstock)
No 1. Destination: Busan | Country: South Korea | Best Time to Visit: April and May | Flight tickets: Start from ₹40,000 | Stay: For three-star accommodation, the price begins from ₹5000 per day | Places to see in Busan | Welcome to the land of Kimchi, K-pop and bustling tech. If you wish to explore marine life you must head over to Sealife aquarium, this place offers an exciting experience for visitors to explore the fascinating marine life of the region. You should also visit the Diamond Tower, which will give you a breathtaking view of the city’s skyline. To explore the South Korean culture and heritage you must visit Gamcheon cultural village, known for its murals, sculptures, and colourful houses. (Image: Shutterstock)
Food in Busan: Do I need to sell Kimchi to you!? Well, if you love spicy food, then you will fall in love with the food in Busan. But it is not just all spicy, for those who prefer a mild food palette you can try Milmyeon, which is a combination of sweet, sour and spicy cold noodles. Something that goes back to Busan’s history is fish cakes, originally called Eomuk. You should also try Naengchae Jokbal, which is a combination of jellyfish salad and special sauce. The dish comes with a side of cucumbers, carrots and mustard sauce. (Image: Reuters)
No 2. Destination: Vienna | Country: Austria | Best time to visit: June to August | Flight tickets: Start from ₹60,000 during peak season. Stay: Hotel prices range anywhere between ₹7,000 to ₹18,000 per night. Places to visit | Welcome to land where you will never stop humming! The city has been home to many notable music composers like Mozart and Beethoven. If you are the artsy types, then you must visit the museum of Applied Arts. Here, you will see diverse collections of decorative arts and contemporary designs, and understand how arts plays a part in our everyday lives. (Image: Shutterstock)
Food to savour in Vienna | Say hello to everything and by that I mean literally everything. You must try the Wiener Schnitzel which is made from a thin veal cut. It is breaded and pan-fried in butter/oil. The dish is simple yet delicious! You will find the best puff pastry and coffee down here. And of course, do not miss out on Viennese sausages. (Image: Shutterstock)
No 3. Destination: Athens | Country: Greece | Best Time to Visit: May to August | Flight tickets: Start from ₹40,000 | Stay: For three-star accommodation, the price begins from ₹5000 per day | Places to see: Are you a ‘Game of Thrones’ fanatic? Well, then you must know King’s Landing, yes I am talking about Croatia! Croatia borders the Adriatic Sea, so if you travel down here, imagine walking into red-stone walls, age-old markets, white beaches and yes possibly the landscape that you witnessed in Game of Thrones. Apart from that, when out for sightseeing you will see many museums and historical monuments like the Acropolis Museum and the Temple of Olympian Zeus. (Image: Reuters)
Food to savour in Athens | The sweet tooth inside you is going to be happy here. You can have authentic Baklava. It is layers of flaky filo pastry wrapped with nuts, a similar dish is galatoboureko, which is filled with custard. Say yes, to everything in meat in Athens. Some of their famous meat based dishes are Moussaka, Garides Saganaki – a shrimp based dish. (Image: Reuters)
No 4. Destination: Koh Samui | Country: Thailand | Best Time to Visit: April to December | Flight tickets: Start from ₹40,000 | Stay: For three-star accommodation, the price begins from ₹5,000 per day | Places to see: You can visit Ban Hua Thanon, a traditional fishing village. The village is at southeastern coast of Koh Samui. You can connect with the local roots of Koh Samui as you will see traditional wooden houses, with colouful fishing boats and of course some small restaurants that will serve you authentic Thai food. (Image: Shutterstock)
Food to Savour in Koh Samui | Your food palette is all about to go Thai here! From Pad Thai, to Coconut grilled rice, you will say yes to everything fish and rice on this island. Although, if you wish to sign up for adventures on this trip go ahead and try silkworms! Yes that’s right silkworms, they are deep fried and sprinkled with salt & spices, and apparently tourists get addicted to this savoury dish. (Image: Shutterstock)
No 5. Destination: Pokhara | Country: Nepal | Best Time to Visit: October to November | Flight tickets: Start from ₹30,000| Stay: For three-star accommodation, the price begins from ₹5000 per night | Places to see: A city located in central Nepal, Pokhara has everything from lakes to monuments to temples and a decent nightlife. The city lies along the banks of tranquil Phewa lake from here you will be able to witness gorgeous mountain peaks. If you’re trekker then you must visit Poon Hill, this is a popular viewpoint in Annapurna region. Among lakes places you must not miss out on are, Pokhara Lakeside where you can enjoy boating, Rupa lake where you can spend time bird watrching.
Food to savour in Pokhara | Get ready to savour tasty momos, Wu or Bara here, which are basically pancakes made by the Newari people of Nepal. In Pokhara you can find food that ranges from Nepali, Indian to Chinese.
No 6. Destination: Bangkok | Country: South Korea | Best Time to Visit: October and February | Flight tickets: Start from ₹25,000 to ₹30,000 | Stay: For three-star accommodation, the price begins from ₹2,000 per night up to ₹11,000 | Places to see: To all the party animals, I am sure this place doesn’t need an introduction. In Bangkok you should look forward to parties, drinks and everything fun. Bangkok represents Thai culture and to experience it you must visit Grand Palace, Temple of Dawn, Temple of Reclining Buddha, Temple of Emerald Buddha and the largest Chinese-Buddhist temple Wat Mangkon Kamalawat.
Food to savour in Bangkok | Ever seen grasshoppers and thought it might be tasty? Well, you can eat all the grasshoppers, scorpions and even spiders here. If you’re a non-vegetarian you can even savour some unique drinks of fish, pork and chicken. Something that you must not miss out on is Pad Thai, Kuay Teow Reua also called ‘boat noodles’. If you are someone who enjoys drinking, try Ya Dong this is a medicinal herb-infused Thai liquor and is a potent rice whiskey. And if you’re a coffee person Kah-Feh Yen or Thailand’s Iced Coffee. (Image: Reuters)
No 7. Destination: Dubai | Country: United Arab Emirates | Best Time to Visit: October to March | Flight tickets: Start from ₹17,000 | Stay: For three-star accommodation, the price begins from ₹18000 per night | Places to see: A perfect combination of modern living and Arabic culture. To experience all things luxury, Dubai is the place to be. Take a stroll around the world’s tallest building, explore Arabic culture and the beaches. To get the best out of your Dubai experience, do not miss out on Palm Jumeirah. Here you can find plush boutiques, hotels and restaurants. Apart from this should definitely consider taking a Desert Safari.
Food to savour in Dubai: I don’t think it needs to be said out loud that food in Dubai will be a paradise for non-vegetarians. Things you must try in Dubai are Baba Ganoush, Al Harees, Chelo Kebab and of course, nothing beats the street food shawarma. (Image: Shutterstock)
No 8. Destination: Singapore | Country: Singapore | Best Time to Visit: July to October | Flight tickets: Start from ₹22,000 | Stay: For three-star accommodation package deals can be availed for ₹60,000 | Places to see: From entertainment to nature and monuments you can find it all here in Singapore! To spend time with your family and children head over to Singapore’s Universal Studios. Singapore is home to first nocturnal wildlife park in the world it houses over 900 animals across 100 species. You also don’t want to miss out on the airport attractions. (Image: Reuters)
Food to savour in Singapore | If you enjoy sea food, then you must try crab-based dishes in Singapore. You can also try prawns, stingray fish, so basically say yes to everything fish in Singapore. (Image: Shutterstock)
No 9. Destination: Lisbon | Country: Portugal | Best Time to Visit: June to August | Flight tickets: Start from ₹50,000 | Stay: For three-star accommodation, the price begins from ₹7,000 per night | Places to see: The capital city of Portugal, bustling with rich cultural heritage and is home to many iconic landmarks such as Belem Tower, Sao Jorge Castle among others. Art lovers can visit the National Tile Museum and Belem Tower. (Image: Reuters)
Food to Savour in Portugal | Something that you cannot miss out here are the heavenly desserts. Pasteis de Nata are eggy custard tarts, these are notable for their bright yellow color and creamy texture. You can also try Bifana, which is comprised of sauteed marinated pork packed inside a crispy roll, to this add Sagres beer and you have to yourself a delicious Portugese meal. (Image: Unsplash)
No 10. Destination: Wellington | Country: South Korea | Best Time to Visit: October to February | Flight tickets: Start from at ₹80,000 | Stay: For three-star accommodation, the price begins from ₹11,000 per night | Places to visit: Ever thought that getting on cable cars is the best way to sight-see? Well, that is definitely that you must not miss in Wellington. Cable cars in Wellington give a picturesque view of the city. If you were ever fascinated by ‘goth culture’ you should try exploring Old St Paul’s which is an example of a Gothic revival culture. Here you can explore hills and the shores.
Food to Savour in Wellington | Ever heard of ‘Beef Wellington’; no that’s didn’t originate here! But what you can find in Wellington is nothing short of a food heaven! From coffee, to pastries, to chocolate and even beer. Some of the dishes that you must keep on your bucket list are classic New Zealander dish Fish and Chips. And who don’t love desserts; must keep Pavlova under dishes that you wish to try. And do not miss out on the Wellington Chocolate Factory and grab souvenirs. (Image: Reuters)