We all know New Year's is a great time for an international holiday. I mean, who doesn't want to end the year with a bang, right? And we also know everyone flocks to Southeast Asia around that time. The result? Swarms of annoying tourists, exorbitant prices and maddening chaos.
Personally, I wouldn't mind escaping that ghastly mayhem and retreating to a quieter destination that offers everything that would essentially make your holiday a raging success, minus the crowds. A place that hasn't been discovered by the vast majority of our junta and is super cheap. Yes, I am suggesting an alternative to your yearly Thailand escape in December.
If you're wondering why I'm thinking so far ahead, it is because planning an international vacation is a mammoth of a task, so it only makes sense to plan way in advance to ensure things work out smoothly. The idea of being stranded abroad, with no idea what to do next is hardly an ideal situation for anyone.
So without much further ado, let me present to you a cheap, less explored, gorgeous alternative to Southeast Asia. Next time you plan that international trip, choose wisely!
The hidden gems Central Asia: The Stans
Although there are 7 countries with the suffix 'stan' in Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, and Pakistan), the 5 stans that were part of former Soviet Union are Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Turkmenistan. Out of these, I'm going to share with you the three that are breathtakingly beautiful and also super tourist-friendly. Let's begin our little Central Asian tour!