It is that part of the year where the desire to travel cross borders or within the country hits you the most! Travelling isn’t only exciting and fun but also allows us to spend quality leisure time with friends and family. While domestic vacations or wandering around any part of India can be an anytime-affair, international ones demand planning. Right from dropping in a leave-email to the bosses to shopping new outfits, accessories or footwear, making the essential handy-stuff available, checking passport expiries and booking tickets, everything seems to be a huge task.
However, the most frightful amongst all these is applying for visa and ensuring it doesn’t gets rejected, especially at the last moment! Rejection over long visa procedures turns into quite a hassle and ruins the entire mood to escape the hustle-bustle of a metro life. Nevertheless though, if you are upset that your strenuous planning will go waste because you couldn’t make up to the visa approval, here’s a list of the best offbeat countries you can look forward to in case of owning a passport but not a visa!
Hitting wanderers bucket list for its tropical island fantasies, Seychelles stuns its visitors by numerous facets. The unspoiled and beautiful boulder-strewn beaches, virgin jungles, thriving coral reefs, and UNESCO-listed nature reserves are a must-see. Besides sighting and experiencing this vast underwater plateau made of coral and granite by virtue of water activities, the on-land adventures too seem attractive and pleasing. Reap the fun of hiking mountain trails, basking on the ravishing beaches, rock climbing, photographing the unique flora and fauna, and dining mouthwatering Créole cuisine in archipelago's 115 islands.
Places to see:
- Morne Seychellois National Park
- Ste Anne National Marine Park
- Port Victoria
- Aride Island Nature Reserve
- Bird Island
Located in the heart of the pacific between Hawaii and New Zealand, the 15 Cook Islands are a perfect getaway to experience an oasis of freedom with crystal blue waters, white sandy beaches, warm weather and friendly locals! Besides the obvious water-fond leisure to be carried on over each and every island, food lovers can try local dishes and cuisine made of fresh seafood that delights your taste buds like never before! Loving this little paradise becomes easier with the accessibility to ample of activities available here.
Things to experience:
- Rarotonga - Nightlife
- Aitutaki - Water Activities
- Atiu - Birdlife/ Water Gardens
Traveling to the land of happiness can be a delicious piece of cake to eat and relish now! South East Asia’s landlocked country, Bhutan, is a perfect destination to unfold a mixture of experiences. Right from exploring the ancient monasteries to fortresses also known as dzongs or gazing those dramatic landscapes of Himalayan mountains and valleys, every aspect demystifies uniqueness in its existence! Boasting a strong sense of culture and tradition, stumble across myriads of surprises in this land of mystery and magic!
Places to see:
- National Museum of Bhutan
- Taktsang Monastery
- Mo Chhu (River)
- Jigme Dorji National Park
The ‘Nature Island’ located midway along the Eastern Caribbean archipelago has exquisite tropical rainforests in two third of its area. Home to large numbers of rivers, lakes, streams and waterfall, you also see approx. 1200 plant species here. Offering much more than stunning natural backdrops and adventures, trace the Caribbean architecture with a pinch of French, English and Spanish influences as you discover several different attractions of the Dominica!
Places to see:
- Morne Trois Pitons National Park - Boiling Lake, Trafalgar Falls, Emerald Pool Nature Trail
- Cabrits National Park - Fort Shirley
- Roseau - Botanic Gardens, Museum
- Champagne Reef/Beach
Popularly known as the Las Vegas of Asia, this interesting mix of Portugal and China is blessed with a subtropical climate. The modern city with deeply rooted ancient heritage hits your mind with a nostalgic charm and culture similar to Europe. However, strolling around in this destination has its own charisma altogether! Expect to embrace the breathtaking city views while relishing in the giant casinos and malls.
Places to see:
- The Senate and Senado Square
- A-Ma Temple
- Macau Tower
- Kun Iam
- Portas do Cerco