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Visa woes hampering your New Year plans? Head to Seychelles & Ethiopia for a hassle-free vacation

Enjoy some private moments at Anse Lazio on Praslin Island, acclaimed to be one of most beautiful beaches in Seychelles.

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Updated: Dec 12, 2019, 08.02 AM IST
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Before we bid adieu to 2019, consider a quick getaway without any visa hassles to enjoy off-beat activities that can ensure a great start to 2020.
Before we bid adieu to 2019, consider a quick getaway without any visa hassles to enjoy off-beat activities that can ensure a great start to 2020.
Before we bid adieu to 2019, consider a quick getaway without any visa hassles to enjoy off-beat activities that can ensure a great start to 2020.

Visa on arrival: For those who like less crowded beaches must visit Seychelles. Enjoy some private moments at Anse Lazio on Praslin Island, acclaimed to be one of most beautiful beaches in Seychelles. If you wish to be away from the hustle bustle, visit La Digue Isand, the fourth largest island in the Seychelles archipelago, an automobile free island that offers cycling and walking as the only mode of transport. This is an initiative to protect the island’s biodiversity that features some of Seychelles’ rarest species of fauna such as the Paradise Flycatcher. Home to 13 species and 17 subspecies of birdlife unique to the country, makes Seychelles an Aladdin’s cave for avid bird watchers.

For those who like less crowded beaches, Seychelles is a must visit.
For those who like less crowded beaches, Seychelles is a must visit.


Visa on arrival: Ethiopia is one country that packs in diverse landscapes. You can trek more than 3000m above sea level (the Simien and Bale mountains) or visit the lowest place on the African continent, the Danakil Depression. In between, there are cascading falls, lush highlands, stirring deserts, vertiginous canyons sweeping savannah, vast lakes and high plateaus. You’ll also find landmarks of great significance, such as the source of the Blue Nile.

Ethiopia is one country that packs in diverse landscapes.
Ethiopia is one country that packs in diverse landscapes.


Visa on arrival: Located in the southernmost part of Jordan, Aqaba is the only coastal city in the country. By virtue of its geographical position next to Petra and Wadi Rum, it finds itself in the golden triangle of tourism. Tandem parasailing here allows you to enjoy a bird’s eye view of the iconic Jordanian landscape. This coastal city is a hotspot for water sports and a gateway to land-based adventures. Try your hand at tandem parasailing and enjoy a bird’s eye view of the landscape below. Aqaba is a prime junction between Europe, Asia and Africa, both for land and water routes.

Located in the southernmost part of Jordan, Aqaba is the only coastal city in the country.
Located in the southernmost part of Jordan, Aqaba is the only coastal city in the country.


Valid ‘travel document’ required: Renowned as the second oldest and largest Dzong of Bhutan with more than 300 years’ history, The Punakha Dzong, stands at the confluence of Mochhu River and Pochhu River. The beautiful Tibetan-style fortress is more than a landmark and administrative center of Punakha. Its white walls, red wood carving and gilded roofs create a stunning refection in the water flowing below.

Renowned as the second oldest and largest Dzong of Bhutan with more than 300 years’ history, The Punakha Dzong, stands at the confluence of Mochhu River and Pochhu River.
Renowned as the second oldest and largest Dzong of Bhutan with more than 300 years’ history, The Punakha Dzong, stands at the confluence of Mochhu River and Pochhu River.


Visa on arrival: Referred to as the ‘Art Capital’ of Thailand, the tiny, amiable city of Chiang Rai offers a fresh perspective on the beaches and dazzling party scenes that the country is popular for. The Wat Rong Khun, is an art exhibit in the style of a Buddhist temple boasting of refined sculptures of life-sized dragons. The entrance of the temple is an eccentric one: one needs to cross a bridge surrounded by creepy concrete hands, grasping upwards to reach the temple.

\Referred to as the ‘Art Capital’ of Thailand, the tiny, amiable city of Chiang Rai offers a fresh perspective on the beaches and dazzling party scenes that the country is popular for.
Referred to as the ‘Art Capital’ of Thailand, the tiny, amiable city of Chiang Rai offers a fresh perspective on the beaches and dazzling party scenes that the country is popular for.

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