We are left with close to one month before the end of 2017! Sadly, with us saying goodbye to 2017, we are also saying goodbye to our long weekends because with 2018, comes only 4 long weekends!
I’m sure you’ve seen many articles telling you how to extend your 4 long weekends in 9 but where can you go to make the most out of it? On top of that, where can you go that is interesting but also affordable?
Fret not, we’re here to help!
Here’s how you can make your holiday weekends even longer with just 6 extra days of leave (as inspired by Straits Times)!
Long Weekends For The Year 2018
There are 4 long weekends that we can look forward to:
New year’s: 1 January
Chinese New Year: 16 and 17 February
Good Friday: 30 March and 1 April
Hari Raya Puasa: 15 to 17 June
TIP: Skyscanner has a Public Holiday Planner that allows you to choose the days you are looking to travel and will suggest the number of leave days you will have to take. On top of that, they will also provide a list of countries with flight ticket prices ranging from low to high which is a great option for those of you who have not concrete destination plans!
Places To Visit
The next important question would be, where do I go? Now, we all know that if we want an affordable trip, the best option would be to head to common destinations like Bangkok or Bali but with such few long weekends why look at mainstream destinations when you can stand out!
TIP: Be sure to download these apps before you travel, they will make travel less stressful!
Caticlan, Philippines – $333
Yaazzz beach! Caticlan is in the Philippines and is the Instagram-worthy beach paradise gateway to Boracay. With beautiful powder beaches surrounded by blue water, taking a dip in the water is a definite must. Once night falls, enjoy the live music from nearby bars! Not interested in swimming? Take a walk around the city and visit museums as well as boutiques.
If you have a flexible holiday schedule and are not affected by school holidays, November is the best time to visit to enjoy the dry season! Be sure to book tickets by June for the best prices.
Kathmandu, Nepal – $339
Step into another world and experience Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. Enjoying the old town in a rickshaw or the intoxicatingly beautiful heritage sights such as Boudhanath, the most famous Buddhist stupa which was listed as the UNESCO world heritage site in 1979. Experience a celebrated festival — Gaijatra (Festival of Cows), which is the local version of Halloween that falls between August and September and is celebrated for 8 days. Best time to book a ticket would be April.
NOTE: Singaporeans need a visa to enter Nepal – get a visa on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport or get it in advance in Singapore.
Jaipur, India – $395
A city painted in pink! This beautiful city, bustling with auto rickshaws and surrounded by incredible historic palaces and ancient forts is a MUST visit. The Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), is the ideal location to snap of photo and boast to your friend when swapping holiday stories. Take a walk around the bazaar where your senses will go into overdrive with all the wonderful sights and smells!
This location is starting to attract fellow Singaporeans based on the 63% increase in searches from 2016. So be sure to book it ASAP! In order to catch the Elephant Festival in February and March, book your tickets now!
Okinawa, Japan – $471
This city is not the first place you think of when you want to go diving but it is one of the most famous diving spots in the world! Visit Yonaguni of the Yaeyama Islands that holds an underwater structure called the Yonaguni monolith. If diving is not your forte, check out the hot springs or even go whale watching if you intend on going between January and March. To experience Okinawa’s large-scale dance festival called 10,000 Eisa Dancers Parade in the first week of August, book your tickets in March!
Nadi, Fiji – $785
Another increasingly popular place to visit with a 75% jump in interest would be the Fiji Islands! Enjoy heaven on earth with golden beaches surrounded by the crystal clear water of the South Pacific Ocean which will make you feel like you escaped the hustle and bustle of reality.
With the new Fiji Airways direct flight, you will be able to reach this little slice of heaven in less than 10 hours. Tickets may be slightly pricey, but who can put a price on perfection?!
The five destination above is just the tip of the icebergs in regards to interesting holidays! Be the first of your friends to visit such exciting locations and make the most out of the very few long weekends we are given in 2018.
Some of the destinations mentioned above will definitely have a lower cost of living which makes expenses for the trip more affordable but be sure to keep track of your expenses so you don’t go overboard!