We as Arabs love vacations. We could enjoy a months holiday in just a short weekend but it could get costly. Our regular trips to Paris, London, and Turkey are getting more expensive by the holiday. With our shopping sprees and taste for exquisite hotels, we could cut our trip short even with that end-of-month salary bonus. However, there are the less stereotypical locations to visit that are very much cheaper. Thailand, for example, has many gorgeous islands and lovely scenery just like a lavish and overpriced trip to Bora Bora. A ticket + a hotel to Jamaica could cost less than a ticket alone to Paris in travel season. Here are some under-rated alternatives to travel destinations this winter that wouldn't leave you empty-handed, literally. Here's a link to XE to convert to your local currency.
Only three locations in this list are in Europe and we start off with Madeira, Portugal. A sweet vacation package could cost you less than KD 400 which includes a luxurious hotel on the beach and flight. Not bad, eh?
Disneyland. Enough said.
"O Canada!" Toronto is considered the L.A of Canada. The famous C.N Tower, Air Canada Centre (the home of the Maple Leafs), and Canada's Wonderland plus mall after mall can all be yours for less than K.D 400 for a lovely hotel and flight.
We all wanted to visit Jamaica after watching Cool Runnings, or was it only me? The largest city in Jamaica has so much to offer. Dolphon Cove, Dunn's River Falls, White Witch of Rose Hall, and the Bob Marley Museum. They even have a 'James Bond Beach'! All that will cost you around KD 400 plus a little jet lag.
Prague, Czech Republic
Just saying 'Prague' sounds cool on its own. Castles, famous bridges, and even a dancing house will welcome you to well to Prague. Five days there with a flight through Turkey and a 5-star hotel will cost less than KD 300.
Nassau, The Bahamas
It's The Bahamas, what more can I say? A trip to Nassau with a luxurious hotel could cost you less than your average trip to London, plus other expenses.
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Punta Cana, the gem of the 'D.R'. Compare this with a trip to The Maldives and you will be shocked. Plus with the Dominican Republic, you get to enjoy reggaeton and the famous Carnaval Vegano in February.
A trip to the U.S of A may be long and mentally and physically demanding but it doesn't cost you much and when you reach Denver, you can forget that all by enjoying affordable hotels and great skiing.
Dublin, Ireland, the land of Europe's largest park and last names that start with O'. Enjoy The Dublin Zoo, the National Concert Hall, and an infinite number of museums for not very much.
Festival after festival, Salzburg never sleeps. Cathedrals, castles, palaces, and so many stunning scenery and buildings can all be enjoyed in an ideal hotel with a 7-hour flight will cost you no less than KD 350.
– Adnan Al-Timimi
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