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Planning Your Holidays for 2018? These Travel Trends Will Help You Decide Where to Go

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Joanne Poh

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Life is full of tough choices… especially if you’re a Singaporean trying to figure out where to go on your next holiday. Singaporean holidaymakers are so well-travelled that the world can sometimes feel too small to contain us.

The Internet, of course, has come to the rescue.

Skyscanner has released info on travel trends that can help you figure out where to go next.

The number of searches for the following five destinations has increased the most rapidly in 2017 when compared to 2016. And best of all, a typical ticket to all five of them costs less than $1,000.

 

Nadi, Fiji

Nadi, Fiji - MoneySmart

Increase in Skyscanner flight searches: 75%

Forget Iceland, Myanmar or Mongolia. These once-exotic destinations are now no stranger to Singaporean tourists.

But the Fiji Islands, on the other hand, have been relatively untouched by citizens of the Republic, mainly because it’s so inaccessible. But not anymore, it seems, now that flights from Singapore to Nadi can be purchased for under $700.

This island paradise is a fascinating introduction to Polynesian culture, and in the capital of Nadi you’ll see numerous Indian influences as well. There are also a few islands that have served as filming locations for famous movies (eg. Castaway).

Typical price: $785

Cheapest price: $626

 

Jaipur, India

Jaipur, India - MoneySmart

Increase in Skyscanner flight searches: 63%

The capital of Rajasthan has long been overlooked by Singapore visitors to India, who traditionally flock to Delhi, Agra, Chennai or Goa.

But interest is growing, and there is no better time to visit the many historical sites in Jaipur, which forms one point on India’s Golden Triangle, a tourist trail which includes Delhi and Agra.

Typical price: $395

Cheapest price: $322

 

Athens, Greece

Athens, Greece - MoneySmart

Increase in Skyscanner flight searches: 60%

There has been a surge of interest in Greece ever since Scoot started operating Singapore’s first long haul budget flight to Europe.

The Greek capital is the birthplace of what we know today as Western civilization, and so will delight history fans and mythology junkies.

Typical price: $685

Cheapest price: $621

 

Okinawa, Japan

Okinawa, Japan - MoneySmart

Increase in Skyscanner flight searches: 51%

There is no question about Singaporeans’ love for Japan as a holiday destination. And now that the Tokyo-Kyoto-Osaka trifecta has been done and so many have already gone skiing in Hokkaido, people are heading South, to Okinawa.

Known as Japan’s answer to Hawaii, Okinawa is home to beautiful beaches, a unique cuisine that has been considerably influenced by Taiwan, and a world famous aquarium.

Typical price: $471

Cheapest price: $386

 

Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town - MoneySmart

Increase in Skyscanner flight searches: 37%

For some reason, Cape Town is a rather popular honeymoon destination for well-travelled, affluent Singaporeans, who pick the South African legislative capital over typical honeymoon spots Paris and Rome, which they’ve visited so many times already, yawn.

It’s also one of the most popular first-time African destinations, and a series of safari sessions is pretty much mandatory.

Typical price: $916

Cheap price: $782

 

3 of the above locations are just one Scoot flight away!

Jaipur, Athens and Okinawa are now just one budget flight away, and here’s how your flight can be even cheaper. MoneySmart is running an exclusive giveaway in conjunction with American Express and Scoot.

All you need to do is sign up for any American Express Credit Card, which is great because your year end holiday is a very easy way to fulfil the minimum spend required to earn lots of bonus miles. You will then get an S$80 Scoot Voucher AND you will also stand a chance to win a pair of Scoot tickets to Honolulu, Hawaii. The draw is held every week on Thursday so even if you miss one week, you can always take part in the following draw.

Everyone knows one holiday is never enough anyway, but hurry because the offer ends on 13 Dec 2017!

MoneySmart Scoot Voucher American Express Credit Cards

Have you been to any of the above destinations? Share your experiences in the comments!

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Joanne Poh

In my previous life, I was a property lawyer who spent most of my time struggling to get out of bed or stuck in peak hour traffic. These days, as a freelance commercial writer, I work in bed, on the beach, in parks and at cafes, all while being really frugal. I like helping other people save money so they can stop living lives they don't like.