Holidays are usually associated with family road trips and outings. This year, why not venture into more unique places that are guaranteed to bring out the fun in everyone?

With the school holidays coming up in just a month, ZUJI Singapore has put together a list of escape ideas that you may have never considered before. Check out this list to inspire you for your next adventure as you take a breather, and rejuvenate your family and yourself before the new term kicks in!

Istanbul, Turkey 

The Blue Mosque in Istanbul during sunset

For those looking to immerse themselves in cultural wonder, Istanbul is one of those places you should see sooner than later before its charm disappears amid its growing commercialization. Having witnessed the rise and fall of ancient empires, it is a true sight of beauty, combining the cultures of Asia and Europe. Admire the 6th century Hagia Sophia and get lost in the Grand Bazaar filled with trinkets. Soak up its charming retro vibe for a different kind of break where you can snack on Turkish delights, bask in the aroma of spices, and kick back and relax while sipping on a range of soothing herbal teas.

 

Adelaide, Australia

Barossa Valley vinyards at sunset

Within a short drive from Adelaide lies its famous wine region, Barossa, where its lush greeneries are always a welcomed sight for the sore eyes. Dance around the soft rolling pastures, explore the nearby wineries and end the day in cozy farm-stay houses among the free-roaming kangaroos. Aside from the fresh air, staying on a farm means there’s a lot of acreage to roam. Why not use the opportunity to wind down from stressful work or exams, and opt for long, leisurely walks with a loved one?


Goa, India

Arambol beach, Goa

Workout by exercising along one of the best beaches in India. Be it a morning jog or stepping up the challenge a notch by experiencing one of its extreme water sports, Goa is the perfect destination to get your dose of health and spiritual detox. At night, dance barefoot at one of Goa’s famous beach parties. With the wind in your hair, sand on your feet and pulsating music in your ear, get ready to let yourself go and experience the well-deserved fun!

 

Hanoi, Vietnam

Tran Quoc pagoda

Holidays are perfect for road trips with your best buddies, and Vietnam is one underrated place where you could cruise along in an open-top and be mesmerised by the stunning scenery. Rent a car and do the famed ‘Northern Loop’ where you’ll road trip through Hanoi, to Mai Chau and up to the hills of Sapa. Take a day or two in Mai Chau to breathe in the surrounding countryside, filled with lush rice paddies that will feel like another dimension from the hustle and bustle of Hanoi. Crank up the radio and get ready to hit the open road for the trip of the lifetime!

 

Rabbit Island, Cambodia

Rabbit islandSource: fabulousfabs

There aren’t too many holidays in the world that you can take and say you saved money doing it! Cambodia is one of those gems which has a stunning scenery yet will not require you to fork out a certain amount of money to enjoy it. If you’re planning an escape to Cambodia, venture to Rabbit Island for a simple camping adventure on the seaside. Nap in a hammock with the rustling breeze around you, fall asleep under the starry nights or read a book while waiting for the sunset, all in complete isolation. Can you hear the sea breeze calling?