10 Exotic Destinations And Their CHEAPEST Travel Dates From Singapore In 2018
The world is filled with amazing places that we dream of visiting, but can never quite make it there. Perhaps it’s the large amount of time needed to plan which stops you in your tracks, or perhaps it’s the thought of such a large travel budget which knocks you down before you’ve even started. Here is an inspirational guide to help you out along the way, and to show you that with the right due diligence, planning your exotic dream vacation is far from impossible!
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Other studies have also shown that Wednesdays are generally a good day to book your flight as prices are, on average, lower!
Disclaimer: all prices found using Google Flights on the 10th of April, 2018. Please note that prices may change overtime.
1. Machu Picchu
Located in Peru, this ancient Incan city is the most cherished archaeological site in South America. Machu Picchu is believed to have been a royal estate or sacred ground for leaders of the Inca people, who were almost completely wiped out by Spanish colonists during the 16th century. The colonists did not, however, find Machu Picchu and it was not until the 19th century that the site was brought to common knowledge.
Thousands and thousands of tourists stream into Machu Picchu each year, but as the site has about a 8-kilometre radius, its splendor can be observed without pushing and shoving amongst other tourists. A popular activity is to venture out in time to see the sunrise from the top of Machu Picchu!
2. The Great Blue Hole
As the name suggests, this is a hole under the ocean, formally called a giant submarine sinkhole and originally formed by glaciation in several stages. The Great Blue Hole has a 300-metre radius, is 125-metre deep, and is part of the Barrier Reef Reserve System, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
For divers, especially, it is an adventure and experience like no other! The Great Blue Hole has been listed as one of the top ten most amazing places to visit in the world by multiple travel guides and nature organisations.
On the island of Hawaii, in the state of Hawaii in the United States (a bit confusing), the active volcano Kilauea has its home. It has been erupting constantly since 1983, and can be viewed quite up-close and personal. In addition to visiting this very cool wonder of nature, the region around Kilauea offers an abundance of exotic sights, scenes and cultural experiences. On the island of Hawaii alone, there are five volcanoes, and Kilauea is the largest and most active of these!
4. Yellowstone National Park
Located at the intersection point of Idaho, Wyoming and Montana, Yellowstone National Park is the first and one of the largest national parks in the world. The park grounds cover 2.2 million acres, which include lakes, rivers, and mountains. Visitors can go on hikes, stay in campgrounds or cabins, see geysers, and splurge into nature’s wonders! Yellowstone is also the home to a large geyser named “Old Faithful” which erupts around 17 times per day, shooting steaming hot water several tens of metres upward.
5. Pisco Elqui
Pisco Elqui is a village in Chile located about 1300 metres above sea level. In fact, it is so high that visitors will notice breathing become slightly more difficult (though still very manageable!). You may have heard of the drink Pisco Sour? Well this is where Pisco has its origin. The village itself, however, is far from an alcohol-related attraction! It is the breathtaking views, clear starry nights, and genuine Chilean culture which Pisco Elqui is known for.
6. Niagara Falls
Right on the border between the United States and Canada lies the world’s largest – though not highest – set of waterfalls. Over six million cubic feet of water surpasses the crest of the waterfalls every minute! The falls were formed during the last ice age and are currently a very popular tourist attraction. It is possible to walk on bridges behind the waterfalls, go on boat rides at the foot of the falls, and even fly helicopter above the falls! In addition, if you stay in a nearby picturesque town called Niagara On The Lake, you can visit some of Canada’s most prestigious wine vineyards as well.
In the middle of Morroco, about X hours drive from the coast, lies a bustling and beautiful city called Marrakesh. Historically, the city was a hub for culture, trade and religion. All of these aspects remain an integral part of the city today as well. Because of its close proximity to France, many French celebrities and prosperous persons have vacation homes in Marrakesh. One of the city’s most dazzling spots is the former home and garden of Yves Saint Laurent!
8. Great Barrier Reef
As the name suggests, this is the world’s largest coral reef system, stretching over 2,300 kilometres off the coast of Queensland, Australia. In addition, the great barrier reef is the world’s largest organic structure. Every year, millions of tourists come to see the natural wonders which the Great Barrier Reef has to offer! Usually, one stays at a hotel or resort in a nearby town or island, and then takes an over-day trip to the reef by boat. Some boats have a plexi-glass bottom, allowing for vivid views of the reef! Another popular activity is snorkelling or diving to observe the reef in all its glory!
9. Serengeti National Park
In the heart of Tanzania lies one of the world’s largest parks, named for the region’s indigenous word for “the place where the land runs on forever”. A wide range of wildlife, savanna regions and woodlands exist in this park, making it a popular location for safaris and explorations! Organised tours allow tourists to safely divulge into the wonders of African nature!
10. Amer Fort
In the small town of Amer, about 10 kilometres from the larger city of Jaipur, lies an ancient and magnificent fort and palace duo called the Amer Fort. This architectural wonder is known for its embodiment of Hindu art and traditions, and its location atop a hill adjacent to a large lake. Lucky for us Singaporeans, this pearl is only a few hours of travel away!
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