Wanderlust is a tricky thing when you've got so many places to see and a limited amount of money. But, you don't always have to gouge a hole in your wallet to go on your much deserved holiday. Lucky for us who live in the United Arab Emirates, flights to many destinations from Dubai are cheap, short, hassle-free, and did we mention cheap?
A visit to gorgeous Europe without having to save up for months? (we are looking at you Paris...) A short 3.5 hour flight away from Dubai lies the country of Georgia known for its lush countryside, sulphur baths, and architecture. Georgia's capital Tbilisi offers snow-capped mountains, forests, canyons, and historical churches. Not convinced yet? UAE residents can visit Georgia on a FREE short-term tourist visa for up to 90 days.
Traveler's tip: For the perfect Tbilisi experience, take a walk through Freedom Square - it's home to quaint cafés, souvenir stores, and traditional restaurants - the khachapuri is a must-try.
Like Georgia, Armenia too boasts some pretty historical churches – the first churches of which, were founded in the fourth century. Other must-see sights include the Garni Temple - it is the only surviving pagan temple in the world, and Lake Sevan - the area will free you of all your woes in mere minutes .
Traveler's tip: If you're planning in between the months of December and February, a stay at the Tsaghkadzor Ski Resort perched on the Mount Tanegiz will give you enough winter joy to last the entire UAE summer.
Majestic mosques, bustling souqs, and food steeped in tradition, Turkey is one culturally rich country that should be on your bucket list. And, given the fact that it's home to a number of acclaimed soap operas - it's perfect for film and TV fans. Straddling the two continents of Asia and Europe, Istanbul is only about a 4 hour flight away from Dubai, where you can start your days with a famous Turkish breakfast, or sail away on a ferry to take in the best views of the city.
Traveler's tip: Get steamy, and feel your worries melt away with a traditional hammam ritual (Turkish bath). A visit to Turkey simply isn't complete without one.
The cheapest and most welcoming holiday destination is right in our backyard. If it's good enough for newlyweds Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra's honeymoon, it's more than good enough for us. Flights from Dubai to Oman take over an hour but, you can also make a road trip out of it with views of the desert, mountains, oasis, and the Persian Gulf keeping you company along the way.
Traveler's tip: If it's an adventure you're after - Jebel Shams, the "Grand Canyon of Oman" is one of the highest peaks in the country and an ideal spot for trekking.
The land of the Pharaohs beckons you to its spine-tingling locations that make for the most memorable experiences. Pay a visit to Tutankhamun's tomb, cruise down the Nile or, go up the Cairo Tower for panoramic views of the city.
Traveler's tip: The amount of art galleries and concert venues in Cairo alone are bound to make art aficionados feel spoiled for choice, but a visit to the Cairo Opera House and the Museum of Islamic Arts is a must.