7 Easy Exotic Vacations Abroad That Will Leave You Mesmerised In Just A Week 

Tripoto
1st Dec 2017
Photo of by Shipra Shekhar

There are 195 countries in the world and we only have a lifetime to see as many as we can. Even Dalai Lama says, "Once a year, go someplace you have never been before."

I am 26 years old and have been to 13 countries till date. I make sure to cross a country or two off my list every year. I have also made peace with the fact that not every place on earth can be made a home for months, like I did not want to stay back in Dubai after a week of vacation, but I could have lived for ever in Vietnam. I have also spent a month in Indonesia, and can't wait to go back again.

But for those times when you don't have time off from work enough to get away for more than seven days, I have found seven countries that are perfect to be explored in just a week. So, don't worry about anything and just book a flight to visit these larger-than-life countries that will take your breath away, no matter how much time you spend there.

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Photo of Japan by Shipra Shekhar

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Photo of Japan by Shipra Shekhar

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Photo of Japan by Shipra Shekhar

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Photo of Japan by Shipra Shekhar

One of the most expensive countries in the world, Japan is going to blow your mind like nothing else. A perfect mix of modern and historical, this high-tech country is full of surprises. Get lost in translation as you walk through the cherry blossom-paved road of Kyoto or as you see the coolest of cars drifting in Tokyo. You will not regret the decision to visit this fascinating country.

Top things to see and do: Go to Skytree tower in Tokyo and enjoy the aerial view of the city; visit Kiyomizu-dera Temple on Mount Otowa; go crazy at the Universal Studio theme park in Osaka; be amazed by stunning view of Mount Fuji.

Visa: Indian nationals require a visa to visit Japan. Single or multiple entry visas cost ₹510. Find more information here.

Flight cost: Round-trip fares start from ₹29,300 onwards. Book in advance and fly to Tokyo from New Delhi to get the best price.

Daily budget: ₹3,000 to ₹7,500 per person, per day.

Best time to visit: Visit from March to May to enjoy the flowering cherry blossoms and from September to November to marvel at the vivid hues of autumn.

Suggested Stay: Tokyo Guest House | Price: ₹1,157 per night For more options, check here.

Check out a one-week itinerary of Japan here.

Photo of Seychelles by Shipra Shekhar
Photo of Seychelles by Shipra Shekhar
Photo of Seychelles by Shipra Shekhar
Photo of Seychelles by Shipra Shekhar

These beautiful islands located off the east coast of Africa are as close as you will get to heaven in this lifetime. With their unworldly beauty and secluded pristine beaches, Seychelles has always been the dream honeymoon destination for many and a bucket-list destination for luxury travellers. This place is a paradise for nature lovers too as it has several nature reserves home to rare animals such as giant Aldabra tortoises.

Top things to see and do: Go island hopping across Curieuse Island, Cousin Island, Aride Island and several other island paradises; scuba dive and snorkel in Sainte Anne Marine National Park; Hike in Morne Seychellois,the highest peak in Seychelles; Visit Victoria Botanical Gardens.

Visa: Indian nationals do not need a visa to visit Seychelles. A visitor’s stay permit is issued on arrival. Find more information here.

Flight cost: Round-trip fares start from ₹26,000 onwards. Book in advance and fly to Mahe from Mumbai to get the best price.

Daily budget: ₹2,500 to ₹5,000 per person, per day.

Best time to visit: The months of April, May, October and November, when the weather is nice and cool.

Suggested Stay: Chez Lorna | Price: ₹3,737 per night For more options, check here.

Read more about this tropical paradise here.

Photo of Hong Kong by Shipra Shekhar
Photo of Hong Kong by Shipra Shekhar
Photo of Hong Kong by Shipra Shekhar
Photo of Hong Kong by Shipra Shekhar

Hong Kong has the best of everything. Whether you like splurging at your favourite world-class brands, hiking through the most beautiful trails, dining at the best restaurants, spending a lazy day at a gorgeous beach or browsing through all kinds of art, this stunning city has you covered.

Top things to see and do: Go to the Peak for a spectacular view of the country; Visit Tai O fishing village for freshest sea food; Shop at Temple Street; Be a kid again at the Disneyland and enjoy exhilarating rides.

Visa: Hong Kong has a visa-free entry policy for a period of 14 days for many countries, including India. All you have to do is fill up a pre-arrival registration for Indian nationals and carry a printout of it while travelling to Hong Kong.

Flight cost: Round-trip fares start from ₹19,000 onwards. Book in advance and fly from New Delhi to get the best price.

Daily budget:₹3,500 to ₹8,000 per person, per day.

Best time to visit: October to early December, when the weather is sunny, cool, and pleasant.

Suggested Stay: Days Hotel | Price: ₹1,540 per night For more options, check here.

Find out more about exploring Hong Kong as a backpacker here.

Photo of Jordan by Shipra Shekhar
Photo of Jordan by Shipra Shekhar
Photo of Jordan by Shipra Shekhar
Photo of Jordan by Shipra Shekhar

The unparalleled beauty of this ancient place with an extraordinary story is comparable to none. Live the rose-gold desert life as you explore the lost city of Petra. The cultural profoundness of this timeless place is going to stay with you forever.

Top things to see and do: Explore the iconic 2000-year-old rock-cut city of Petra; Read a book while floating in the Dead Sea the lowest point on dry land ; Get enchanted by red-rock desert of Wadi Rum Valley ; Stay under the stars at Bedouin camps.

Visa: Indian nationals can get visa-on-arrival by paying Rs 3,617 on reaching Amman. Find more information here.

Flight cost: Round-trip fares start from ₹21,500 onwards. Book in advance and fly to Amman from New Delhi to get the best price.

Daily budget: ₹1,500 to ₹4,000 per person, per day.

Best time to visit: March to May, when the weather is pleasant.

Suggested Stay: Larsa Hotel Amman | Price: ₹3,791 per night For more options, check here.

Photo of Myanmar (Burma) by Shipra Shekhar
Photo of Myanmar (Burma) by Shipra Shekhar
Photo of Myanmar (Burma) by Shipra Shekhar
Photo of Myanmar (Burma) by Shipra Shekhar

Opened for tourists only in 2011, this tropical paradise is widely unexplored and has quickly become a backpacker's dream. The sunrise over 2,000 Buddhist towers and green plains in Bagan is quite a sight.

Top things to see and do: Visit the stunning Shwedagon Pagoda; Get lost in the amazing buddhist temples in Bagan; Go fishing in Inle Lake; Check out architecture, sculptures and  paintings of Ananda Temple.

Visa: Indian nationals need a visa to visit Myanmar. It costs ₹2,800. Find more information here. You can also obtain an e-visa from here.

Flight cost: Round-trip fares start from ₹10,000 onwards. Book in advance and fly to Yangon from Kolkata to get the best price.

Daily budget: ₹3,000 to ₹4,500 per person, per day.

Best time to visit: Winter season, from November to February.

Suggested Stay: Bagan Hotel River View | Price: ₹6,912 per night For more options, check here.

Photo of South Korea by Shipra Shekhar
Photo of South Korea by Shipra Shekhar
Photo of South Korea by Shipra Shekhar
Photo of South Korea by Shipra Shekhar

This beautiful east Asian country with its green, hilly countryside, coastal fishing villages, sub-tropical islands and ultra-tech cities is going to win your heart right away. Forget the ordinary when you travel to this country with amazing beaches, waterfalls, volcanic craters and lava caves.

Top things to see and do: Visit 14th-century old Royal Gyeongbokgung Palace with a museum and gardens; Go to the top of N Seoul Tower and enjoy panoramic views of the city and dine at the revolving restaurant; Have fun at Everland amusement park; Peek into the history, culture and lives of Korean people at National Folk Museum of Korea.

Visa: Indian nationals need a visa to visit South Korea. It costs ₹2,640. Find more information here.

Flight cost: Round-trip fares start from ₹20,000 onwards. Book in advance and fly to Seoul from Kolkata to get the best price.

Daily budget: ₹2,500 to ₹6,000 per person, per day.

Best time to visit: March to May and from September to November, when the weather is mild.

Suggested Stay: Hanok Guesthouse | Price: ₹3,970 per night For more options, check here.

Photo of Kyrgyzstan by Shipra Shekhar
Photo of Kyrgyzstan by Shipra Shekhar
Photo of Kyrgyzstan by Shipra Shekhar
Photo of Kyrgyzstan by Shipra Shekhar

Imagine coming across a snow leopard or Lynx while you are on a beautiful hike in the stupendous Tian Shan Mountains. The landscape of this central Asian country is straight out of a sci-fi movie. Kyrgyzstan has monuments for history buffs, skiing and snowboarding for the adventurers and a fabulous nightlife for party lovers. Get ready for a cultural immersion of another level when you visit this gem of Asia.

Top things to see and do: Visit Burana tower in the Chuy Valley; Go skiing in Fergana and Pamir mountains; explore mountains, waterfalls, glaciers and forest of Ala Archa National Park; Shop at Osh Bazaar.

Visa: Indian nationals need a visa to visit Kyrgyzstan. It costs ₹6,688. Find more information here.

Flight cost: Round-trip fares start from ₹19,000 onwards. Book in advance and fly to Bishkek from New Delhi to get the best price.

Daily budget: ₹736 to ₹1,185 per person, per day.

Best time to visit: The three summer months of June, July and August are good to explore this mountainous country.

Suggested Stay: Futuro Hotel Bishkek | Price: ₹2,880 per night For more options, check here.

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