When it comes to holidaying, there is so much that we Indians look for. From beaches to shopping, from quietude to thrilling adventures, from food to a buzzing nightlife; the best of it all at the least possible prices! Keeping in mind the sheer variety of things that we seek, here is a lowdown on the top places you must travel destinations.

Dubai

A perfect example of how East meets West and creates a splendid synthesis; Dubai is emerging as a popular holiday destination amongst Indians. Reasons, you ask? The country breathes in luxury and shopping is a way of life here. With desert safaris and ice-parks existing side by side, you can well imagine that sky is the limit here! Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world (at 828.9 meters) and a symbol of Dubai’s unmatched aesthetic and architectural expertise, stands to verify the same. A shopaholic’s heaven, Dubai has to be in your travel wish-list.

Singapore

For those of us who want everything packed in one fabulous holiday, Singapore is the place. Superbly maintained, this city-country will charm you with its lofty and crafty buildings, thriving nightlife, vast and placid beaches, exotic natural habitat and a multicultural heritage. So, it has to be the first on the list for offering great value for money and enjoying excellent accessibility from India.

Maldives

If laying back and enjoying the marvels of nature is your way of holidaying, Maldives is where you need to be, ask under the sun for hours, go swimming, try out watersports like scuba diving and explore the beautiful underwater habitat adorned with colourful coral reefs. Extremely popular especially with honeymooners, Maldives enjoys tourists all year round and vice-versa.

Hong Kong & Macau

Disneyland, Madame Tussaud’s, Avenue of the Stars, Ocean Park, Observation Deck… why do you need to go far and wide, when you can find all this in one place – Hong Kong ! Hong Kong is also known for its great street food and bakeries. If you get fed up of the local Chinese food, you can always choose from some great international options.

About an hour by ferry or 20 minutes by helicopter is Macau, which is a good mix of entertainment and adventure. Shows this season include ‘The House of Dancing Water’ at the City of Dreams or ‘Zaia’ by Cirque Du Soleil at the Venetian Macau. The kids will also enjoy go-karting and grass sliding. If you are feeling adventurous, you could head up 233 metres to the top of the Macau Tower to SkyJump or Skywalk.

USA

‘Humungous’ is the only thought that comes to my head when I think of the United States of America. I think you could spend a lifetime trying to explore it! Each state has its own specialty and they are so different from each other. There is enough to satisfy each member of the family – from the ’Golden State’, California, to the rugged North-west ‘Sunshine State’, Florida to the busy streets of New York City. Take a road trip and drive down the beautiful Pacific Highway from Hollywood to San Diego in the west or take a group tour to get a glimpse of all there is to see.

Now choose your destination, pack your bags, and enjoy a great family vacation!

Bon voyage!