Here’s your one-stop shop for travel inspiration this Eid. From near to far, Vogue.me has compiled the best destinations for you to spend your long weekend in. Still can’t decide on the perfect place, even after reading this? Pick a place at random and come back here next year, and the year after that, and the year after that…
The Republic of Maldives tops the list not just because of its impressive tally of 26 coral reefs and over 1,000 islands to explore, but also because climate change and rising sea levels mean that the island may someday disappear underwater for good. Between resorts that are the definition of luxury, diving spots where you get to canoodle with sharks and the fresh fruit stalls that line the streets of its capital city Malé, you’ll want to visit the Maldives this Eid for a dose of culture.
Roundtrip fares average Dh2800.
Baku’s stunning views of the Caspian Sea aren’t the only reasons tourists have been flocking to this trendy destination. Classic meets modern at this cosmopolitan destination, which is perfect for travelers who want to see a little bit of everything. Marvel at the iconic Maiden Towers, which have been standing since the 12th century or watch time go by at the Flame Towers, which are covered with constantly flashing LED screens.
Roundtrip fares average Dh3000.
If you’re looking for a more distant getaway, Ireland just might do the trick for you. Historic buildings meet natural splendor at this classic vacation destination. The kids, in particular, might enjoy a visit to the Dublin Zoo, which boasts over 24 hectares of flora and fauna. Don’t have time to see it all? Stop by the National Museum of Ireland, which has exhibits steeped in Irish heritage and culture.
Roundtrip fares average Dh3000.
Islands in the Indian Ocean are a safe bet this Eid. This archipelago of islands boasts impressively preserved nature – if you’re lucky, you might even spot the incredibly rare giant Aldabra tortoise on your visit to this island nation. Other attractions include pristine beaches and the mountain rainforests of Morne Seychellois National Park.
Roundtrip fares are between Dh2000 – Dh3000.
A visit to this landlocked country may not involve the holiday staple beach visits, but there’s certainly plenty to see even without them! Diverse landscapes, from the snowcapped Rwenzori Mountains to beautiful Lake Victoria, have been pulling tourists to Uganda for decades. Animal lovers are in luck, too – Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Murchison Falls National Park are a sanctuary for endangered gorillas and hippos alike.
Roundtrip fares average Dh2000.
Travel plans involving this Arab nation are a perfect blend between staycation and vacation. Proximity hardly equates to boredom with this heritage site – you’ll be hard-pressed to explore everything in Jordan between the Dead Sea, the famed Rose City of Petra and the desert wilderness of Wadi Rum.
Roundtrip fares are between Dh800 – Dh2000.
Tropical climates and glittering cityscapes mingle in this all-encompassing travel favorite. Those hungry for culture can visit the famed Chiang Mai temple, while city crawlers will definitely appreciate Bangkok, the city that never sleeps. Just looking to relax? Thailand’s famous beaches and agricultural sites are the perfect place to see nature and decompress.
Roundtrip fares start at Dh1800.