10 life changing international trips you can take in 2020

Woman in Bali (PHOTO: Getty Images)
Woman in Bali (PHOTO: Getty Images)

It’s always life changing to travel to a country outside of your own.

Now with so many options to choose from, we are here to help you pin down your dream destination holiday.

According to travel consultant and owner of Selena Travel Nadia Horn, these are her top 10 international destinations.

“One should note that travelling during the year out of high season and school holidays is cheaper for those readers who are on a budget, it is advisable to travel early in December as it’s cheaper than over the Christmas and New Year period.”

Listed below is the difference in prices when departing early in December and over the Christmas and New Year period.


Treat yourself to a holiday in the land of smiles, when you travel after 23 December. You can travel for only R24 125 per person twin-sharing for 7 nights at a three-star Sunset Beach resort.

Thailand is known for having friendly people, the most beautiful beaches and lots and lots of affordable shopping – meaning: it’s a shopper’s paradise!

The tourist attractions you are sure to see are the famous James Bond Island and Phi Phi Island day tours. Beaches for snorkelling, diving and swimming or just relaxing with a book on the beach.

Nice nightlife, restaurants, shows at the night Phuket FantaSea show and Simon Cabaret show, this destination is suited for young and old.


Bali is the land of the rice paddies and is visa-free for South African passport holders, and you can travel at only R26 125 per person twin-sharing if you travel after 23 December for 7 nights at The Patra Bali three-star Kuta.

You can expect to see beautiful landscaped rice paddies, traditional Balinese dancing, get massages and there are beaches for snorkelling and diving.

There are also day tours, coffee tasting, Balinese dancing and Tanah Lot and Uluwatu temple tours.

Nusa Dua are luxury resorts, for families and children, with lots of activities like an aqua gym, Pilates, tennis, etc.

An unforgettable experience worth setting the alarm for!


The pearl of the Indian Ocean Island! You can travel from 23 December for only R27 005 per person twin-sharing for 7 nights at the four-star Ambre resort.

Get your experience of endless stretch of beaches, the Port Louis capital and Pamplemousses Gardens. There are also kids clubs and activities, which means it would be great to travel with the children.

Are you dreaming of paradise?


The beautiful spice island has amazing beautiful see-through water, where one can snorkel and dive. Travel for only R34 975 per person twin-sharing from 24 December and stay for 7 nights at the five-star Gold Zanzibar resort.

Experience a sunset cruise, Safari Blue full-day tour and lobster barbeque tour, prison island tour and spice and Stone Town tour. It would be great if you plan to do shopping for beautiful woodwork and spices, enjoy the nice food, markets, most beautiful landscapes and resorts.

Perfect underwater destination for snorkelling and diving.


There’s more to Vietnam than the traditional image of rice paddies and conical hats. Here you’ll find a country bursting with energy and forward motion.

You will feel it in the hum and activity on the streets. You’ll see it in the way Vietnamese welcome you to their homes, invite you to taste their food and proudly show you their rich culture.

Experience all of this when you travel from 23 December for only R34 725 per person twin-sharing for 11 days touring different places to get the whole feel of the country. You will get to experience the culture, history, tours, museums, C? Chi tunnels, beaches and the famous H? Long Bay overnight boat.

In Vietnam, a good meal waits on every corner.


Treat yourself to the land of the prawns when you travel from 23 December at R25 425 per person twin-sharing. You will get to stay for five nights at the Dugong Beach Lodge.

Experience the beach areas, nature walks, snorkelling, diving, swimming, Pemba, Inhambane and Xai Xai.

It’s easy to reach from South Africa – self-drive, a flight or a bus to Maputo and then from there transfers or internal flights to the islands. If you are a seafood lover, you will treat yourself with yummy, large prawns and get to visit local markets that offer arts and craft.

You could be here!


Travel to the land of Turkish delight at only R20 125 per person twin-sharing when you travel from 23 December, where you will be staying at four-star Romance Istanbul Hotel.

Yes, it’s December but it is still a delightful time to visit and experience a winter wonderland, a Bosphorus cruise and shopping at the Grand Bazaar or Spice Bazaar –Turkish delight, leather products, shoes – shop till your heart’s content.

Get to experience Istanbul.


Treat yourself to the honeymoon haven and surfer’s paradise where sands are as white as the smiles of the locals, where fish swim happily in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean and the deep rays of the sun wait to engulf you in their arms. Get this experience from 23 December at only R41 500 per person twin-sharing for 7 nights at four-star The Kuredu Island Resort And Spa.

Crystal-clear waters of the Maldives.


The warm heart of Africa . . . ever asked yourself why Malawi is called the warm heart of Africa? Well this is due to the heat! However, the people’s hearts are warm, welcoming and embracing, very friendly and hospitable. The place is very affordable, and you will get to see the beautiful and famous Lake Malawi, canoe, snorkel, crocodile farms and the Zomba Plateau.

Treat yourself to a trip to this amazing country from 23 December at only R22 900 per person twin-sharing for 5 nights at the three-star Sunbird Nkopola Lodge.

Watch the sun set while relaxing on Lake Malawi.


Land of the jolly and friendly, get to experience Dublin's buzzing streets and the Derry-Londonderry ancient walls – Ireland's cities are a joy. Travel 23 December at only R20 005 per person twin-sharing and stay at four-star The Ashling Hotel Dublin for 5 nights.

Experience the famous Guinness and Jameson tours, purchase a two-day city sightseeing bus tour and receive a one-way airport bus ticket.

Irish bliss! 







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