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If you're the type of forward-looking traveller who plans your leave a year in advance during the end of the year, good on you!
For the rest of us struggling to get past long work days, rest your weary minds. This little writeup is proof that a well-timed long weekend holiday is entirely within reach.
The key to a budget-friendly holiday is buying air tickets and hotels early to enjoy massive discounts. To help kickstart your travel plans, here are 4 amazing holiday getaway ideas for you to consider in 2023.
Related to this topic: Cheapest Flights from Singapore to Popular Travel Destinations (Thailand, Japan, Taiwan, Etc.)
|Destination||Estimated cost||Savings if booked early|
|Bangkok, Thailand||$460 - $600||$130 - $210|
|Taipei, Taiwan||$500 - $1,300||$150 - $250|
|Eastern Europe||$2,800 - $4,000||$300 - $450|
|Boracay, Philippines||$400 - $600||$50 - $120|
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1. Bangkok, Thailand
New Year celebrations are always grand and eventful. One of the most crazy new year celebrations in the world has to go be the annual Songkran Festival (Thai Water Festival), which falls on the Thai New Year.
In celebration of this day, Thais equip themselves with water guns and buckets of water to wage water wars against one another.
An annual festival, 2023 Songkran Festival will take place on 13 April to 15 April. As it's quite close to the Good Friday public holiday in Singapore, you can take advantage of that long weekend (plus a few days of leave to travel around Thailand). You may be soaking wet, but this experience with your family or friends will definitely make for amazing memories and stories.
When to go: 7 Apr to 16 Apr
Public holiday: Good Friday (7 Apr)
Number of annual leave required: 5 days leave = 10 days' break
Return air ticket cost: $190 - $220
Accommodation cost: $55 - $94 per night
2. Taipei, Taiwan
If you love mini breaks, take note of Labour Day (1 May). While longer breaks are great, short pauses can be more helpful to help you go the distance. There’s no better country to visit, than the land of bubble tea and night market food.
There’s more to Taiwan that you can explore while in Taipei. For instance, don't miss the spectacular fireworks display at the 2023 Penghu International Fireworks Festival. Visitors to the Gaillardia Pluchella Foug Island can look forward to the festivities which include well-loved Taiwan singers and performing groups.
If indie films are not your cup of tea, pay a visit to Yeh Liu Geopark to view rock formations, or spend a night at Sun Moon Lake for a little peace and quiet.
When to go: 28 Apr to 2 May
Public holiday: Labour Day
Number of annual leave required: 2 days
Return air ticket cost: $260
Accommodation cost: $49 - $138 per night
3. Eastern Europe
Looking for an even longer adventure in 2023? You might want to consider taking that adventure in May for a month-long trip to Europe.
In particular, Eastern Europe as it is one of the most affordable destinations to visit in terms of food, lodging and transport. From Budapest to Krakow to Dubrovnik, Eastern Europe is also rich in architectural beauty and culture, just like Central Europe.
While you are here, you may want to consider skydiving. Not only for the breath-taking views, but skydiving in Eastern Europe is cheaper as compared to countries like America or Australia.
When to go: 22 Apr to 14 May
Public holiday: Labour Day, Hari Raya Puasa
Number of annual leave required: 14 days of leave = 23 days' break
Return air ticket cost: Approximately $852
Accomodation cost: Varies depending on country and state
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4. Boracay, Philippines
Avoid the end of year rainy season in Singapore, and pack your bags for a beach vacation in Boracay! November and December are the perfect months for you to make use of the 3 long weekends in 2023. (P.S. It is never too early to start planning).
Apart from sun tanning and tasting the local cuisine, be sure to check out the water sports that include parasailing, kitesurfing, snorkelling and scuba diving. You can even learn to swim like a mermaid at the Philippine Mermaid Swimming Academy. With so many things to do, eat and see, you’d never find a dull moment in Boracay.
When to go:
- 11 – 13 November (Deepavali on 13 Nov)
- 23 – 25 December (Christmas on 25 Dec)
- 30 December – 1 January 2024 (New Year on 1 Jan)
Number of annual leave required: 0 days
Public holiday: Deepavali, Christmas or New Year
Return air ticket cost (Singapore and Kalibo): Information currently not available
Return transfer cost (Kalibo and Boracay): Approximately $11
Accommodation cost: $80 - $150 per night
Feeling motivated to book that trip? While you’re planning and saving up for it, don’t forget to shop around for the best travel insurance plan to safeguard against any accidents!
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