In a world obsessed with gadgets and technology, it’s easy to get caught up in the never-ending cycle of upgrading our smartphones. Of course, the latest iPhone models offer enticing features and sleek designs. The latest launch, the iPhone 15 has two 128GB and 256GB each priced at ₹79,900 and ₹89,900, respectively. Whereas, the price of the 512GB version is ₹1,09,900. But what if we told you that instead of splurging on the iPhone 15, you could embark on unforgettable journeys to incredible destinations from India, that too visa-free?
Yes, we have done the homework for you and are ready to take you on a virtual tour of some of the most mesmerising places you can explore with the money you’d spend on that shiny new gadget. Wanderlusters take note of these ‘wonderlust’ places:
Ditch iPhone 15 & Visit These Visa-Free Destinations Instead
📍Blue Lagoon, Port Antonio, Jamaica
— Visit Jamaica Now (@VisitJamaicaNow) September 11, 2023
Jamaica, the jewel of the Caribbean, is a destination that beckons travellers with its irresistible blend of natural beauty, vibrant culture, and laid-back charm. This enchanting island nation, known for its reggae music and stunning beaches offers a captivating experience for anyone seeking a taste of the tropics.
Visa: Not required
What to do: Visit the birthplace of reggae legends like Bob Marley; see the beautiful Negril’s Seven Mile Beach; hidden caves and underground rivers in the Green Grotto Caves and more.
Best time to visit: Mid-December through April
Estimated cost: ₹90,000 – ₹1,45,000 (including tickets)
— Hanuman Travel (@hanumantravel) March 30, 2021
Cambodia is a land of enchantment and contrast, where ancient temples rise majestically amidst lush jungles and bustling markets buzz with life. The place has something for all kinds of travellers–whether you seek the spiritual solace of Angkor Wat, the cultural richness of its cities, or the coastal bliss of its beaches,
Visa: On arrival
What to do: Visit Angkor Wat, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; trek to hidden waterfalls in the Cardamom Mountains; slurp on the Khmer cuisine
Best time to visit: Between November and May
Estimated cost: ₹70,000 – ₹90,000 (including tickets)
Perfect breakfast in #Charyn #canyon #Kazakhstan looks like this. The canyon is roughly 90 km in length. It is part of the Charyn National Park in the #Almaty Province. Over time, the canyon has gained colorful formations of varying shapes and sizes. #DreamNowTravelTomorrow pic.twitter.com/HX6FeKkun0
— Embassy of Kazakhstan🇰🇿 in India 🇮🇳 (@KazEmbassyIndia) January 14, 2021
The world’s largest landlocked country, this is a land of breathtaking landscapes, rich history, and vibrant cultures that have been shaped by centuries of crossroads in Central Asia. As it opens its doors to the world, Kazakhstan beckons travellers with its unique blend of tradition and modernity.
Visa: No visa
What to do: Immerse yourself in the nomadic way of life by staying in yurts, trying traditional Kazakh cuisine; visit Charyn Canyon; the ancient Silk Road trade route; Lake Balkhash, one of the largest lakes in the world and more.
Best time to visit: April to May; September to October
Estimated cost: ₹50,000 – ₹70,000 (including tickets)
— Madagascar Tourism (@IleMadagascar) May 1, 2021
This is a captivating travel destination offering unparalleled biodiversity and unique landscapes. Immerse yourself in this remote paradise, where adventure, wildlife, and culture intertwine to create an unforgettable travel experience.
Visa: On arrival
What to do: Dive into vibrant coral reefs; discover the wonders of Avenue of the Baobabs, a breathtaking natural avenue of towering trees
Best time to visit: April to October
Estimated cost: ₹1,00,000 – ₹1,70,000 (including tickets)
@jadeydives (IG) captured this lovely shot of a sea turtle on Desroches lsland. A candid ocean rendezvous📸🌊
— The Seychelles Islands (@visitseychelles) September 8, 2023
This tropical paradise in the Indian Ocean beckons travellers with its postcard-perfect beauty. Pristine beaches with powdery white sand and crystal-clear waters make it a haven for relaxation and water sports.
Visa: On arrival
What to do: Visit unique granite rock formations, like those at Anse Source d’Argent; explore coral reefs teeming with marine life
Best time to visit: April and May; October and November
Estimated cost: ₹1,00,000 – ₹1,75,000 (including tickets)
DID YOU KNOW THAT agro-tourism is a form of tourism that links agricultural production and/or processing with tourism to attract visitors onto a farm or other agricultural business for the purposes of entertaining and educating the visitors on the area of production. Tanganda Tea… pic.twitter.com/12KRl2tBUo
— Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (@ZtaUpdates) August 24, 2023
This country offers an extraordinary African adventure. Zimbabwe’s warm hospitality, stunning scenery, and wildlife encounters create a captivating and memorable journey in the heart of Africa.
Visa: On arrival
What to do: Witness the majestic Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World; explore national parks like Hwange, home to Africa’s Big Five; discover the ancient ruins of Great Zimbabwe, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Best time to visit: Between July and October
Estimated cost: ₹90,000 – ₹1,30,000 (including tickets)
The world is a vast and beautiful place, waiting to be explored. So, why not choose to explore it instead of upgrading your smartphone to iPhone 15?
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