20 Destinations for Your Next Budget Family Trip Outside India

Top Budget Destinations for a Family Trip that Your Dad Can’t Say No To

First Published on: 19 Jan, 2019   |  Last Updated: 04 Dec, 2019 By

The family vacation is one such experience where you get to experience everything together, making up for all the lost time in the chaotic urban lives. Bonding over bonfire or scuba diving with family or enjoying a hideout in the nature with your loved ones – family vacation has its own charm. But the biggest hurdle to planning a family vacations can sometimes be budget and destination. Well, we have got it covered in this blog with this list of 20 best Places to visit with family outside India on a budget. The list is a complete deal, offering all sorts of vacation for all sorts of families.

Jordan: The Treasure of Arab

Jordan

A basic rule of travelling – don’t blindly believe what the media tells you. While Jordan hasn’t been a hotspot on travel radars, it is quite literally one of the best budget destinations in Asia. Jordan is an Arab nation which will leave you bewitched and if you prefer to go to countries with a rich history and heritage, this travel destination offers numerous spots. From its monuments in Petra to the ancient ruins of Amman to the mesmerising Dead Sea, the country is going would be a breath of fresh air.  When in the country, you must try the local cuisine.

Places to visit in Jordan: Petra, Aqaba, Wadi Rum, Maqaba, Al-Khazneh, Dead Sea, Umm Qais, Salt, Pella, Fuheis, Jerash, Ajloun.

Things to do in Jordan: Exploring waterfalls in Ma’in, Hiking in Jordan Valley, Exploring Dana Biosphere Reserve, Desert Safari in Wadi Rum, Exploring local delicacies.

Visa requirements: You can get a Visa on Arrival.

Duration: 4-5 days.

Nepal: The Prowess of the Himalayas

Nepal

The neighbouring country of Nepal is one of the best budget destinations for a family vacation outside India. From its enchanting tall peaks to mesmerising valleys, Nepal is the perfect holiday destination for you and your family. If you seek adventure or hope for a quaint getaway, the country is ideal as it offers abundant trekking trails, adventure sports and multiple scenic landscapes. Apart from adventure and sightseeing, Nepal is also a famous pilgrimage destination with numerous famous Hindu and Buddhist temples spread all across the country.

Places to visit in Nepal: Kathmandu, Nagarkot, Boudhanath, Langtang National Park, Upper Mustang, Pokhara, Namche Bazaar, Ghandruk.

Things to do in Nepal: Trekking is one of the most popular things to do in Nepal, Panoramic flight over Himalayan Peaks, Paragliding in Pokhara, Mountain Biking in Kathmandu Valley, River Rafting in Bhote Koshi river.

Visa requirements: No Visa is needed to visit Nepal.

How to reach Nepal: Nepal can be accessed both through roads and through flights. The cost of flight starts from INR 4,000.

Duration: 5-6 days.

Bhutan: The Land of Prosperity and Happiness

Bhutan

A land so divine and a country so serene – Bhutan is the country of absolute bliss. Considered as one of the most peaceful and happy country in the world, Bhutan will give you the much-needed family bonding time amidst the tranquillity of nature. If you are planning a family vacation to reconnect with your family and cherish the memories you have created together, head out to Bhutan. In the lap of the Himalayas, this country offers some of the best scenic sites. The mesmerising drive across the scenic Himalayan mountains or hiking in the dense forests of Bhutan, the memories you create here would be etched in your memory, forever. Monasteries in Bhutan are also major tourist attractions.

Places to visit in Bhutan: Thimphu, Paro, Punakha, Trongsa, Jakar, Phuntsholing, Laya, Dochula, Samdrup Jongkhar.

Things to do in Bhutan: Enjoy an enchanting car ride in Bhutan, Explore Manas Wildlife Sanctuary, Rafting in Po Chu River, Trekking in Bhutan, Exploring Taktsang Palphug Monastery in Paro, Visit Dochula Pass, Kayaking.

Visa requirements: You don’t need any visa to Bhutan.

Duration: 5-6 days.

Indonesia: A famous beach destination in the world

Indonesia

The land of infinite beaches, Indonesia is the picture-perfect destination for your family beach vacation. A country with rich heritage and culture, Indonesia and its tourist destination ensure that you get to experience every aspect. From its crowded and popular tourist beaches to the secluded Islands to dense forest reserves and heritage sites, Indonesia offers something for your travel appetite. Once you are done with exploring the hidden treasures of Indonesia, you can head out to explore the popular Indonesian travel destinations like Bali and Jakarta. Indonesia also boasts of its mesmerising rice fields and wildlife reserves; hence it is a perfect destination for those families seeking solace amidst the luxury of nature.

Places to visit in Indonesia: Bali, Ubud, Jakarta, Kuta, Lombok Beach, Komodo National Park, Surabaya, Kintamani, Lovina Beach, Lorentz National Park.

Things to do in Indonesia: Snorkelling and Scuba diving at Jimbaran Bay and Bali, surfing at Lombok Beach, Hiking in Flores Island, Exploring Nusa Penida, Island Hopping at Raja Ampat Islands, Diving at Bunaken.

Visa requirements: Plan your family trip to Indonesia without worrying about Visa as you can get a Visa on Arrival.

Duration: 5-7 days.

China: Peace Amidst Chaos

China

The neighbour across the Himalayas, China is the land of prosperity and culture. The country takes great pride in exhibiting the traditions and heritage. It is quite literally about the tale of two cities here – one being the countryside abundant with scenic landscape and the other being the bustling metro cities which never sleep. The land of Red Dragon, China has carnival-like festival celebration and witnessing one such event when in the country is one of the must do things. Also, the country has got its own fair share of adventures suitable for families as well.

Places to visit in China: Beijing, Shanghai, Xi An, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Yangshuo County, Lijiang, Zhangjiajie, Huangshan City, Pangong Tso Lake, Wuzhen Zhangye, Pingyao, Jiuzhaigou.

Things to do in China: Hike the Great Wall of China, Experience the cable car ride at Zhangjiajie, Trek in the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain at Lijiang, Hiking in Yangshuo County, Explore the five flower lakes in Jiuzhaigou, Explore the Xihai Grand Canyons, Visit the Terracotta army at Xi An, Shopping in Shanghai and Shenzhen.

Visa requirements: You would need a tourist visa to visit China.

Duration: 7-9 days.

Malaysia: The Destination for Sun Lovers

Malaysia

Malaysia is truly a land of diversity – from cultures like Indian, Chinese, European and Malay, you will find the influence of each of these in the architecture and heritage of the country. Also a great beach destination, Malaysia is perfect when you crave for that sun, sand, and sea vacation. The country is also perfect for those looking for a quaint family getaway in the luxury of nature. Rest assure, the lush green mountains, hidden waterfalls and alluring beaches along with rich heritage and culture make up for a memorable vacation with family.

Places to visit in Malaysia: Kuala Lumpur, George Town, Langkawi, Pengang Island, Kota Kinabalu, Putrajaya, Redang Island, Ipoh, Sandakan, Kinablu Park, Taman Negara, Gunung Mulu National Park, Mersing, Semporna.

Things to do in Malaysia: Visit the Petronas Tower in Kuala Lumpur, Trekking in Taman Negara National Park, Visit the Genting Highlands, Rejuvenate in Underwater World of Sipadan Island, Snorkelling at Langkawi.

Visa requirements: You would need a tourist visa to explore Malaysia.

Duration: 5-7 days.

UAE: The Land of Luxury

Dubai

One of the most favoured family travel destinations, UAE is quite popular for its ultra-modern city landscape and the famous city of Dubai. If you are in the United Arab Emirates, you cannot afford to miss the wonderland amidst the desert. Home to the tallest building in the world- Burj Khalifa, Dubai is the epitome of luxury. Where else would you find snow skating amidst the arid deserts? Whatever be your wanderlust goals, UAE ensures that you tick it off your bucket list right here. A perfect destination for adventurer family, UAE offers a plethora of adventure activities to choose from as well along with a number of recreational activities.

Places to visit in UAE: Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Yas Island, Palm Jumeirah, Ajman, Ras Al Khaimah, Al Badiyah, Al Madam, Khatt.

Things to do in UAE: Hiking in Wadi Wurayah, Fishing in Al Mirfa, Desert Safari in Swaihan, Skiing in Dubai’s Ski Dubai, Bungee Jumping in Dubai, Skydiving and Helicopter ride in Dubai, Shopping in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

Visa requirements: You would need a tourist visa prior to visiting UAE.

Duration: 4-5 days.

Russia: Beyond the Myths and Rumors

Russia

The biggest country in the world (area wise), Russia is one of the best destinations for a family trip. A country of diverse culture, language, geography and people, Russia is quite literally a surprise waiting for you. The first impression of the country might be that the people are unfriendly but give Russia some time and it’ll grow on you. From its historical sites to offbeat quaint villages, the country offers so much to witness. Russia also features some of the most exotic locations on earth ranging from mountains to lakes to beaches to tourist-friendly modern cities.

Places to visit in Russia: Sochi, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Lake Baikal, Irkutsk, Vladivostok, Vladimir, Olkhon Island, Volgograd, Samara, Vyborg, Suzdal.

Things to do in Russia: Canal tour in St. Petersburg, Skiing in Red Valley, Visit War memorials and museums, Visit Star City in Moscow, Hiking near Lake Baikal, Trekking Mt. Elbrus, RIding in Trans-Siberian Railway Train.

Visa requirements:  You would need a tourist visa prior to visiting Russia.

Duration: 6-7 days.

Egypt: The Grandeur of Human History

Egypt

The land of pyramids, the land of Pharaohs – Egypt is an experience that will change your perception. It is definitely not what the media has sold us. One of the most serene and peaceful countries with centuries-old architectural marvels like the Giza Pyramid complex, Egypt is a study of evolution of society. If you might have known Egypt as a vast arid desert land, then it will surely surprise you with its mesmerising beaches that are perfect to test your adventurous side. The best way to explore Egypt is to be a local and travel like a local and explore pyramids, beaches, and the modern cities of Cairo and Alexandria.

Places to visit in Egypt: Cairo, Giza, Luxor, Hurghada, Aswan, Alexandria, Sharm El Sheikh, Dahab, Taba, Marsa Alam, Kom Ombo, Safaga, Ras Muhammad National Park, Nuweiba.

Things to do in Egypt: Witnessing the grandeur of Pyramids at Giza, Snorkelling at Hurghada and Dahab, Fishing at Lake Nasser, Desert Safari at Siwa Oasis, Kite Surfing at Safaga.

Visa requirements: You would need a tourist visa to enter Egypt.

Duration: 5-7 days.

Thailand: Finding Bliss Amidst Nature

Thailand

If you are seeking a family trip in the comforts of nature, then look nowhere else than the enchanting Thailand. A perfect blend of serenity and adventure, the country with its pristine beaches and tranquil landscapes will leave you hooked forever. On a budget family trip, you wish to spend time together with your family, indulging in activities that bring you all closer and Thailand is just the perfect place to reconnect and cherish the special moments you share with them. This Southeast Asian country offers many heritage sites, trekking trails and some of the best beaches in the world. Take an offbeat trail and camp together or explore the depths of the ocean with your family, Thailand is the experience you have been seeking as a family.

Places to visit in Thailand: Chiang Mai, Pattaya, Phuket Island, Phi Phi Islands, Phuket City, Bangkok, Krabi, Hat Yai, Lampang, Surin Islands, Chiang Rai.

Things to do in Thailand: Scuba Diving, Snorkelling, Parasailing, exploring secluded Islands, Visit the floating market, Hot air balloon ride in Chiang Mai, Explore the temples of Thailand, Hike in national parks of Thailand, trying out the street food of Thailand.

Visa requirements: Explore the country of Thailand on a family trip with Visa on Arrival.

Duration: 6-7 days.

Singapore: Blend of Adventure and Serenity

Singapore

Singapore is well ahead of its time with ultra-modern technologies and is one of the most famous tourist destinations. A land of futuristic marvels, sky touching buildings and the night light, Singapore is the picture-perfect family destination for you. From its offbeat trails to adventure sites to luxury hotels, this sovereign state ensures that you don’t leave disappointed. It is also famous for its kids’ attractions which compel many to select Singapore as their family trip destination. The place has infinite possibilities, one moment you’d be hiking and the very next moment you could head to an underwater aquarium. Singapore is also one of the best shopping destinations in Asia.

Places to visit in Singapore: Buddha Tooth Relic temple, Garden by the bays, Marina Bay Sands Resort Complex, Universal Studio Theme Park, Sentosa.

Things to do in Singapore: Exploring the underwater aquarium, Visit the world’s only nocturnal Singapore Zoo, Have a taste of adventure in Sentosa Island Complex, Shopping, Experience Singapore Flyer, Try out the local delicacies of Singapore.

Visa requirements: You would need a tourist visa prior to landing in Singapore.

Duration: 3-5 days.

Vietnam: From History to Beaches

Vietnam

The land of serenity and calmness, Vietnam is can be a great destination for your next family trip abroad. From bewitching secluded beaches to Buddhist temples to some of the most scenic countrysides, Vietnam is the epitome of finding peace amidst nature. The culture of Vietnam is something to look out for along with blend of modernity and heritage. Not to forget, the new Golden Bridge in Vietnam is the prime attraction in the country.

Places to visit in Vietnam: Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang, Ha Long Bay, Nha Trang, Hue, Sa Pa, Ha Long, Da Lat, Phan Thiet, Haiphong, Ninh Binh, Son Tra District.

Things to do in Vietnam: Snorkelling and Scuba Diving in Nha Trang and Phú Quốc, Exploring the floating villages of Ha Long Bay, Trekking in Sa Pa, Island hopping in Ha Long, Exploring Lakes and Waterfalls in Da Lat, Windsurfing in Mũi Né, Exploring the beaches of Phan Thiet.

Visa requirements: You would need a visa to visit Vietnam.

Duration: 5-7 days.

Sri Lanka: The Nature’s Treasure Next Door

Sri Lanka

Our neighbouring country in the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka is a paradise next door. One of the cheapest destinations for a family trip, Sri Lanka fused with the heritage sites and scintillating beaches make to be a complete family vacation destination. If you are one of those families who seek a quaint and serene holiday in the lap of nature with a little blend of metro cities than Sri Lanka would be the right travel destination to head to. The destinations in the country offer some of the best heritage tours and you will get to experience the cultural beauty too. Also, famous for its countryside, Sri Lanka is perfect for a laid-back vacation with your family.

Places to visit in Sri Lanka: Kandy, Colombo, Galle, Nuwara Eliya, Colombo, Negombo, Dambulla, Bentota, Matara, Anuradhapura, Matale, Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa, Gangaramaya Temple.

Things to do in Sri Lanka: Explore the floating market in Pettah, River rafting in Kitulgala, Ayurvedic Spa, Watersports like Snorkelling, scuba diving, motorboating, parasailing, Exploring numerous waterfalls in Sri Lanka, Train ride to Ella, Hiking in Horton Plains National Park.

Visa requirements: You would need a tourist visa to explore Sri Lanka.

Duration: 5-7 days.

Hong Kong: For the Balance of Nature and Men

Hong Kong

How often do you find the traces of nature amidst the concrete jungle of a metro city? If you think it’s impossible then Hong Kong is the place for you and your family to witness the modern marvels nestled amidst nature. One of the most popular family vacation destinations in Asia, Hong Kong has something for all kind of travellers. From its sky-touching buildings to natural havens, Hong Kong has managed to find the right balance of nature and mankind. Shop, explore the modern city, take a trip to Disneyland or explore the local delicacies, Hong Kong ensures that all you leave with is a smile.

Places to visit in Hong Kong: Disneyland, Ocean Park, Victoria’s Peak, Repulse Bay, Avenue of Stars, Big Buddha, Wong Tai Sin Temple, Tai O Fishing Village.

Things to do in Hong Kong: Witness the Panoramic view of the skyline of Hong Kong, Witness the Symphony of Lights at Victoria’s Harbour, Sail in the Star Ferry, Hike in the Dragon’s Back trail and Tai Long Wan trail, Enjoy the cable car ride across to the Lantau Island, Shop in Hong Kong.

Visa requirements: You can explore Hong Kong with Visa on Arrival but you need to register prior to leaving.

Duration: 3-4 days.

Kenya: For the Picture-Perfect Wildlife Safari Experience

Kenya

“Thinking Safari, Think Kenya”, with this tagline it’s quite obvious what Kenya is all about. Offering from luxury holiday resorts to numerous enchanting wildlife safaris, Kenya is a perfect vacation destination for the wildlife-loving family. One of the most popular African countries, it attracts thousands of tourists every year for its big 5 game animals – Elephant, Lion, Leopard, Buffalo and Rhinoceros. And while you think Kenya is all about enjoying amidst the wild animals, the country will be surprised by some of the scenic places. From small one-day hike in national parks to summiting Mount Kenya, you get the perfect dosage of adrenaline to make your trip memorable here in this African country

Places to visit in Kenya: Nairobi, Maasai Mara, Mombasa, Amboseli National Park, Lake Nakuru, Watamu, Malindi, Hell’s Gate National Park, Lake Natron, Lake Naivasha.

Things to do in Kenya: Visit Fort Jesus in Mombasa, Maasai Mara Air Safari, WIldlife Safari in Maasai Mara and Amboseli National Park, Trekking Mount Kenya, Spending a day in Malindi Bay, Snorkelling in Watamu Marine National Park, Wild Gaming View in Tsavo West National Park.

Visa requirements: Enjoy wildlife safaris in Kenya with Visa on Arrival.

Duration: 5-7 days.

Cambodia: A Place for a Vacation in the Heritage Capital

Cambodia

Enjoy the taste of ancient Southeast Asia with your family trip to Cambodia. Located next to the Gulf of Thailand, Cambodia is a country of history and heritage. Not the most advanced country though, Cambodia make up for it with its pristine beaches and enchanting heritage sites. Home to Khmer empire, it boasts of some of the oldest temples ever built. The experience of visiting Cambodia with your family would be a blend of historic rustic charm and breathtaking offbeat scenic beauties.

Places to visit in Cambodia: Koh Rong, Siem Reap, Tonle Sap, Phnom Penh, Banteay Srei, Kampot, Koh Ker, Sihanoukville, Phnom Kulen National Park.

Things to do in Cambodia: Exploring waterfalls in Mondulkiri, Snorkelling at Koh Rong beach, Exploring the temple complex at Angkor, Delving into the beauty of Phnom Penh, Enjoy a laid-back day at Sihanoukville, Exploring temples across the country.

Visa requirements: Enjoy Cambodia with your family with Visa on Arrival.

Duration: 4-6 days

Lebanon: A Destination for a Serene Family Budget Holiday

Lebanon

One of the most underrated budget destinations in Asia, Lebanon has everything you seek on a family vacation. Located between two historically rich countries –  Israel and Syria, Lebanon has got its own history and heritage which is exhibited with exuberance in its various tourist destinations. From alluring Ski resorts to offbeat trekking trails to various adventure sports, Lebanon ensures that no adrenaline junkie go back disappointed. From its azure waters and scintillating beaches to hundreds of historic sites, Lebanon offers a serene family holiday experience like no other.

Places to visit in Lebanon: Beirut, Byblos, Baalbek, Sidon, Harissa, Jounieh, Tannourine, Faraya, Mount Lebanon, Jbeil, Hamra, Batroun Hermel, Afqa, Achrafieh.

Things to do in Lebanon: Explore the local delicacies, Skiing in Faraya and Mount Lebanon, Wine Tasting in Zahle, Hiking in Bsharri and Tannourine, Trekking in Mount Lebanon, Paragliding in Jounieh.

Visa requirements: You would need a tourist visa prior to entering Lebanon.

Duration: 6-8 days.

Japan: The Tale of Two Cities

Japan

A country which is world famous for its rich culture and heritage can be your next family vacation destination. Seldom do you find such cultural and geographical diversity packed within a country, but Japan is one such beauty where you can explore the city lights at the same time seek a hideout in nature. A country of contrasting landscapes, both rural and urban Japan has its own charm and attraction. While the quaint rural countryside of Japan offers a laid-back vacation, the metro cities of Japan offer the blend of Japan’s heritage and modern marvels.

Places to visit in Japan: Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Nara, Hakone, Hiroshima, Shikoku, Lake Kawaguchi, Naha, Lake Ashi, Matsumoto, Nagasaki, Kanazawa.

Things to do in Japan: Explore UNESCO Heritage sites in Kyoto, Trekking in Mount Fuji, Explore Onsen (Japanese Hot Springs), Explore the plains of Hokkaido, Travel in Japanese Bullet Train.

Visa requirements: You would need a travel visa to enter Japan.

Duration: 4-5 days.

Turkey: A place with scenic mountains, beaches and man-made wonders

Turkey

A stunning nation in Eastern Europe, Turkey’s culture is believed to have originated neighbouring countries of Greek, Roman, Persian and the Ottoman empires. A fusion of the breathtaking scenic mountains, beaches and man-made wonders, Turkey is a country with many shades. Turkey offers diversity in the tourist destinations on offer. Ranging from beach destinations like Fethiye and Alanya to historical and heritage sites like Istanbul and Selcuk to rural Turkey Bodrum, each shade of Turkey helps you get one step closer to the country. Taking great pride in its culture and heritage, Turkey’s tourist destinations are a blend of aesthetic wonder and vibrant culture.

Places to visit in Turkey: Istanbul, Antalya, Ankara, Izmir, Bodrum, Fethiye, Bursa, Side, Alanya, Kas, Kemer, Golden Horn, Trabzon, Dalyan, Cesme.

Things to do in Turkey: Rafting in Dalaman, Kayaking in Kekova, Hiking in Kemer and Dalyan, Visiting the antique pool in Pamukkale, Exploring the roman ruins in Antalya and Izmir, Exploring the tranquil beaches.

Visa requirements: You would need a travel visa to visit Turkey.

Duration: 5-7 days.

Seychelles: For a Secluded Beach Vacation

Seychelles

The tiny little islands in the Indian Ocean off East Africa can be a picture-perfect family holiday destination for you if you seek absolute bliss and solitude.  A 115-Island cluster of Seychelles offers a quaint beach experience with its mesmerising secluded and private beaches and alluring offbeat experience. Seychelles is strictly meant for those wandering souls who crave for solitude and privacy. From relaxing on a beach to snorkelling and diving to fishing and exploring other Islands, Seychelles is a complete beach experience to have with your family.

Places to visit in Seychelles: Mahe, Praslin, Victoria, Beau Vallon, Silhouette Island, Outer Island, La Digue, Anse Royale, Aldabra.

Things to do in Seychelles: Exploring the local markets and museums in Victoria, Exploring the Praslin National Park, Swimming alongside turtles in Aldabra, Fishing at Outer Islands, Scuba Diving in Mahe.

Visa requirements: Cherish the beauty of Seychelles with Visa on Arrival.

Duration: 5-7 days.

The world is vast and we can’t possibly explore them all but let’s take a step towards that by exploring one of the best places for a budget family vacation outside India. Pick your destination, pack your bags and leave and don’t forget to share your experience with us.

Also, if you think we have missed any place, do let us know in the comment section below.

If you’re looking for family vacation tours in places like these, you can contact us at Tour My India. You can call us at +91-9212553106 or send us your queries at info@tourmyindia.com and we’ll get back to you with the best travel packages where you can pick the one that suits you the most.

Note: These visa requirements are for Indian citizens. For citizens of other countries, check the visa requirement of the decided destination.

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About the author

Ashwini

Born and brought up in the Lucknowi tehzeeb, Ashwini wishes to someday settle in a quaint little town in the Himalayas. If you do not find him daydreaming about his travel plans, you’ll find him exploring the vastness of Youtube and Netflix. A travel romantic and a cricket fanatic, he also wishes to try every cuisine ever made in this world.

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