Each time we're feeling like we need a break, we dream of unique places to travel. These inspiring holiday destinations won't only gift their visitors with unforgettable views and experiences, but will also open their minds and hearts. Since you may be traveling from anywhere in the world, the prices mentioned throughout the article does not cover plane tickets.
1. Dubai, United Arab Emirates
If you are fascinated by futuristic metropolis, Dubai is the perfect destination for an unforgettable vacation. The city is home to the world's tallest building, Burj Khalifa, and the world's largest shopping mall, Dubai Mall. Other attractions include the artificial islands and some of the best beaches on the planet. Moreover, when you think that in the 1970s Dubai was a small tribal city, you will be amazed by what it looks like now. The cost for a 5-day holiday in Dubai is about $1,400.
The Maldives is a great choice for a dream holiday, a unique exotic destination with white sand beaches, turquoise lagoons, and coral reef reserves. The Maldives is the ideal place to relax and forget about noise, bustling, and stress. The rate for a 5-day trip in the Maldives averages at approximately $3,000.
3. Hanoi, Vietnam
Hanoi is a spectacular blend of the East and West, combining traditional Vietnamese culture with the French colonial flair. Fortunately, the city has remained untouched by war and is now more vibrant and active than ever. The Old Quarter is one of the largest markets in the world, and the Vietnamese Women's Museum, which emphasizes the role of women in Vietnamese history, certainly deserves a visit. For a 5-day vacation in Hanoi, you'll spend about $400. Yes, crazy cheap and totally worth it!
4. Istanbul, Turkey
Istanbul is a thousand-years-old lively city in Turkey, spreading between Europe and Asia, and between Christianity and Islam. The place is famous for its delicious cuisine, wonderful coffee, bustling bazaars and old architecture, with mosques and churches standing side by side. At the end of a sightseeing day, make sure you take some time to relax in a traditional Turkish bath, called hammam. $800 is the approximate amount of money you'll spend for a 5-day holiday in Istanbul.
5. Siem Reap, Cambodia
Although the city is relatively new, it is surrounded by the ancient remains of the Temple Town, Angkor Wat, the world's largest religious monument. What Angkor Wat offers in terms of spirituality, adventure, and exploration, Siem Reap offers in terms of rest, shopping, entertainment, and relaxation. It's a very affordable place, as well; for a 5-day trip, you'll only have to pay about $500.
6. Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town has a unique setting, being surrounded by sea and beautiful beaches on one side and by an awe-inspiring mountainous landscape on the other side. The city is one of the most cosmopolitan in Africa, and its colonial roots can still be noticed in its delightful architecture. The price for a 5-day vacation in Cape Town averages at $700.
Many tourists looking for authentic experiences have turned Iceland into a sought-after holiday destination. The realm of ice and fire portrays some of the most beautiful monuments of nature, such as the Strokkur geyser, the thermal springs in the Blue Lagoon, or the impressive northern lights. A 5-day trip to outstanding Iceland will cost you around $1,400.
8. Havana, Cuba
The "forbidden fruit" of American tourism for more than 50 years, Cuba is now open for international visitors. The country offers a unique image of a culture frozen in time. Tourists in Havana can admire the local artisans' crafts, the mesmerizing architecture, and the daily living of ordinary Cubans. This is the perfect time to visit Cuba before the country is transformed by Western influences. For a 5-day holiday in Havana, Cuba, you'll need approximately $500.
Visiting Malaysia is like experiencing two different worlds. The peninsula is marked by Chinese and Indian influences manifested through the spiritual wealth of this modern nation. The Malaysian part of the Borneo island, on the other hand, offers the image of natural wilderness, with the mysterious and dense jungle where ancient cultures keep their traditions. If we add one of the world's finest cuisines, Malaysia is certainly a delightful destination to check out. A 5-day holiday in Malaysia will cost you about $400.
10. Costa Rica
The jewel of Central America, Costa Rica reveals stunning ecosystems, tropical forests, mountains, rivers, volcanoes and beaches of the Pacific Ocean as well as the Caribbean Sea. The nation is an example in terms of environmental protection, a large part of the territory being protected by law. Locals are extremely welcoming and the country is a great destination for those who are looking for the purity of nature, but also a little adventure. $400 is the approximate cost for a 5-day trip to Costa Rica.
We hope we’ve inspired you with these gorgeous and unique places to visit. If you’ve already been in some of them, we’d love to hear about your experience. Additionally, if you have more recommendations, please let us know.