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Best places to travel in December on a budget

Want to plan a year-end holiday but dread those obnoxious airfares and hotel prices? Don’t worry. We have curated a list of budget destinations you can travel to in December (yes, that list exists!) and have a trip of a lifetime. This interesting mix of local and interesting destinations will suit every mood and pocket.

  1.  Oman
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When it comes to Middle-eastern travel, Oman often gets overshadowed by its popular neighbour Dubai. However, it’s high time that Oman receives the recognition it deserves as a soul-stirring travel destination with rugged nature and an unmatched traditional charm. With average temperatures of 25 degrees Celsius, December is the ideal time to explore Oman’s stunning Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, surf the golden dunes of Wahiba Sands and experience the famed Arabian magic while touring the Jabrin Fort. Oman is accessible from major Indian cities through direct flights and if you choose to book right away, you are bound to get a steal-worthy deal through Skyscanner.

2. Thailand

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Whether it is in December or not, Thailand HAS to be on any list of budget travel from India. White sand beaches, buzzing nightlife, heavenly massages and lip-smacking streetfood await you at this Asian jewel. However, be careful of the places you select for your Thai vacation as it rains in some parts of the country in December. Tropical temperatures, ample New Year party options and a generally vibrant atmosphere will be the highlights of your year-end trip to Thailand. Budget travellers will love the multiple, affordable and direct flight options to the Thai capital Bangkok from major Indian cities. For a budget trip to Thailand in December, make sure you choose your travel dates carefully by viewing fares for the entire month on Skyscanner.

3. Nepal

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The perfect seat to enjoy gorgeous views of the Himalayas – Nepal – should definitely be on your list of budget travel options in December. The month brings with it crisp air, clear skies and pleasingly low temperatures – making it the ideal time for trekking and sightseeing. Nepal is the perfect choice for you if you want to escape the busy city life and be transported to quaint, hilly villages, wild national parks, and serene monasteries. Need more reasons to visit Nepal? The Indian rupee is a tad stronger than the Nepalese rupee so you can have a comfortable trip without denting your travel budget. If planned smartly and in advance, you can grab some attractive airfares to Nepal (on direct flights to the capital!). So, start planning now.

4. Malaysia

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Malaysia strikes a flawless balance between alluring urbane charm and commanding wilderness.  It is a land of diversities where you will be treated with chic restaurants offering gourmet delights and gorgeous views as well as tiny stalls offering sizzling streetfood you can hardly resist. It is also a land that houses colossal shopping malls and the contrasting, bustling night markets. It is a land where you would want to be lost in the dazzle of city lights and end up finding yourself in the ruggedness of jungles. December brings the coolest weather in some parts of Malaysia, making it the perfect time to visit the country. December also marks grand Christmas celebrations and decorations, and exciting New Year parties across Malaysia. The country’s capital Kuala Lumpur connects it to the major Indian metros through many direct flights.

5. Goa

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Yes, you read that right. In case you belong to that huge set of Indians who dread to even search flight prices to Goa in December, it’s time you reconsider it as a budget destination option. Goa, with its endless accommodation and food options and multiple direct flight connections from major Indian cities makes for the perfect budget destination, even in December. Suitable to families, couples and solo travellers alike, Goa in December will make you fall in love with its unmatchable vibrant feels, auburn sunsets and pleasing temperatures. Keep in mind that a trip during the first half of December will be a lot more pocket-friendly than that in the second half. If you plan your trip quickly, you could get jaw-dropping flight prices from major metros. Oh, and if you have selected your travel dates and are waiting for friends to confirm, ensure that you sign up for Price Alerts on Skyscanner that will tell you when the price of your desired flight changes. Cool, isn’t it?

6. Udaipur

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Rajasthan is almost on everyone’s December travel wish list, thanks to the cool weather and plenty of activities to indulge in. Udaipur, the dreamy city of lakes, makes for an ideal short trip in December without stretching your travel budget. With loads of non-stop flights options, varied stay options and hoards of restaurants serving royal food, a trip to Udaipur in December will surely be a memorable one. The wintery temperatures of around 20 degrees Celsius are icing on the cake. December is the right time for all the basic sightseeing the city has to offer – City Palace, Lake Pichola, Vintage and Classic Car Museum and Sajjan Garh Wildlife Sanctuary. Use our monthly chart to pick the cheapest day to fly out and in for your Udaipur trip and you are sure to save considerably.

Now that you know all about the best budget places to visit in December, it is time to go ahead and book that trip! Book your flights, hotel or rent a car with Skyscanner today. You can do all of these on our mobile app too.