Well, the New Year has begun, and most of us are dreading going back to school or work, wishing we could just go back in time to the good old holidays. Some of you are probably even already planning your next getaway to take your loved ones on. So we did some exploring, and we’ve discovered some of the most gorgeous and nearby places you can visit this 2018 that are guaranteed to not break the bank.

If you want to have a budget trip with the family, read on and start planning your next weekend getaway.

1.  Lazarus Island, Singapore

Lazarus Island Singapore
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Before you drive or take a flight away from the country, you should probably know that Singapore is home to not one but a few of the most underrated islands. The Lazarus Island, one of Singapore’s Southern islands, happens to fall under that list. The lack of information provided on the web about Lazarus makes it a well-hidden treasure in the country.

Its pristine white sand beach and gorgeous clear waters offer nothing but utter tranquillity during your visit. The island is reachable by ferry from Marina South Pier and it is the perfect choice for a day trip. While there is currently no accommodation available on the island there are a number of affordable resorts less than 6 km away.

How to reach: 30 min ferry trip from Singapore

2. Pulau Batam, Indonesia

Bintan Island Indonesia
Image Credit: Bintan Resorts | Facebook

Wanting to go someplace where you could have it all, mouth-watering food, some beach bumming time and a lit nightlife, then Batam should be on the top of your list. A mere 40 minutes boat ride away from Singapore, Batam is one of Indonesia’s busiest tourist spots. Apart from sunbathing on the beautiful beach, you’ll also be able to indulge in some delish seafood, and shopping in the legendary Nagoya Hill Shopping Mall for some of the coolest and cheapest stuff.

On the contrary, if you’re looking to avoid the crowd, but would still like to stick to your budget, then book your stay at Batam and take a day trip to Bintan Island. Now don’t be fooled by the lack of people on the island, as it has got one of the most beautiful but secluded beaches in the whole of Indonesia.

How to reach: 40 min boat ride from Singapore

3. Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

Cameron Highlands tea plantation
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If you’re looking to get away from the mainland, then head on over to Cameron Highlands in Malaysia for a chilly weekend. Surrounded by gorgeous greenery and scenic views of hills, Cameron makes a perfect destination for all you nature lovers. You can also visit the tea plantations and strawberries farms. Imagine waking up to the cool crisp air and the sound birds chirping in the distance, sounds irresistible right?

You can either opt to take a 7-hour journey by road or a 1.5 hours flight to Ipoh and then driving over to Cameron Highlands. If you’re looking to score some good deals, then don’t forget to book your flights and hotel through Expedia.

How to reach: 7h drive from Singapore

4. Sisters’ Islands, Singapore

Sisters' Islands Singapore
Image Credit: Island Cruise Singapore

These gorgeously formed islands are located right here in Singapore. Situated in the southern part of the country, the Sisters’ Islands are right opposite each other and are surrounded by warm blue waters. Legend has it that the two islands were actually sisters who drowned while trying to get away from pirates. The Big Sister’s Island faces the sea, whereas the Small Sister’s Island faces the mainland of Singapore.

This Marine Park happens to be a favourite among campers and backpackers who love spending the night by the reef listening to the calming sound of sea waves. So if you’re craving some time away from the bustling city, take your family to visit this wonderful island.

How to reach: 40min boat ride from Singapore

5. Langkawi, Malaysia

Langkawi Island Malaysia
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Why go all the to the Maldives or Thailand to enjoy the jaw-dropping blue waters, when you could just go to Langkawi in Malaysia? Home to 99 islands, gorgeous beaches, crystal clear waters and duty-free shopping, Langkawi is not only a favourite destination among the locals but also for tourists.

From snorkelling to scuba diving and even island hopping, Langkawi is truly a paradise for all adventure lovers. Also, for you shopaholics, don’t forget to take advantage of the wonderful exchange rate and duty-free shopping available here. If you’re short on time or often get seasick, then book a cheap flight instead from Singapore to Langkawi. Remember to be flexible with your travel dates, as flight cost may change daily.

How to reach: 1h30m flight from Singapore

6. Pulau Ubin, Singapore

Pulau Ubin Singapore
Image Credit: Marina Bay Sands Singapore

Last but not least, the Ubin Island situated on the northeast of Singapore has got to be one of our top choices for an affordable family getaway. Unlike your regular islands, Pulau Ubin is rather famous for its greenery and wildlife instead of white sand beaches.

The island’s laidback vibe and rustic charm make it a wonderful place to relax and spend some quality time with your loved ones. From, bird watching to mountain biking, kayaking and hiking up the rocky hills, there’s something for everyone on this beautiful island. You can even stay overnight in one of the 2 camping sites available.

How to reach: 15 min boat ride from Singapore

Ready for your first family getaway for 2018? Well, then what are you waiting for, pack your bags and book your hotels and flights through Expedia or Booking.com to enjoy great discounts! Now, don’t forget to use our ShopBack button so you can score some amazing cashback.

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