Pick­ing the right place

De­cid­ing where to go and what to do on your next hol­i­day? Per­haps all you need are some sug­ges­tions.

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YOU’VE worked through the yearend hol­i­days while ev­ery­one you knew was get­ting a tan on an ex­otic beach or warm­ing up with a hot choco­late by a fire­place in a far­away win­ter won­der­land.

Well, look on the bright side – you can now plan a long guilt-free hol­i­day in the thick of a busy work sea­son. But there are a mil­lion places you want to see and it’s hard to de­cide. Here are a cou­ple of des­ti­na­tion ideas.

Run from the heat and head to Nepal. This coun­try fits the bill for that ad­ven­tur­ous hol­i­day as well as the “I just want to chill” or “I just want to spend all my sav­ings on shop­ping” va­ca­tion.

En­joy An­na­purna with the adren­a­line-pump­ing hikes and crisp clean air. Don’t for­get your cam­era be­cause the “sight for sore eyes” snow-capped peaks, end­less val­leys and pris­tine lakes are some­thing you want to cap­ture.

Shop in Kath­mandu. You will fall in love with the won­der­ful finds you never knew ex­isted! From the crowded streets of Thamel to the luxuries of Dur­bar­marg, you will come home with a whole new wardrobe to last you through 2014!

Just chill and claim back that Zen you lost to the crazy city life. Seek out Shiva­puri Vil­lage. The au­then­tic vil­lage set­ting and the tran­quil­lity of­fered in the se­cluded re­treats are sure to bring back that youth­ful glow.

Are you a true Malaysian who loves the heat? Turn off that phone and be a lazy beach bum on the wel­com­ing white sandy beaches in Mal­dives.

Visit a new is­land ev­ery day and sip on a cock­tail while you watch the sun­set. Who said life can’t be per­fect?

Be one with the un­der­wa­ter crea­tures. You don’t have to be a pro­fes­sional diver to en­joy them, so take on the chal­lenge of the thrilling op­tions of 40 dive sites in Vil­a­mend­hoo. Beginners can en­joy the gen­tle Meerufen­fushi Is­land.

Go on an ex­cur­sion. You will find lit­tle in­hab­ited is­lands and quiet fish­ing vil­lages that will give you a glimpse of is­land life. Lis­ten to the sto­ries of lo­cal fish­er­men and go night-fish­ing on a night reef fish­ing trip. Head to a nearby desert is­land and en­joy a great bar­be­cue by the beach with your new friends!

Book that flight, pack that bag but be smart and pro­tect yourself with travel in­sur­ance that will pro­tect you through­out your hol­i­days so you can be worry-free!

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the gor­geous view from the lobby of the earth Lodge. Here, you would feel as if it’s just you and the an­i­mals on the vast bushveld. – rod Wyn­d­ham

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