Average Cost of Vacations 2019

Whether one wants to visit family, explore new geographies or simply relax, we know vacationing is a wonderful way to take a break from daily life. However, planning can be complicated, and it can be difficult to decide where to visit based on affordability. We researched some of the most popular locales within India and internationally to break down a one-week trip's average cost, as well as the best way to finance a vacation.

Average Cost of a Vacation by World Region

Based on our research focusing on the cost of flights, hotels and meals for 15 popular destinations, a 1-week vacation for Indians can cost anywhere between Rs. 12,000 and Rs. 400,000 depending on your spending profile. Indians travel extensively both within India and abroad, with other destinations in Asia, Europe and the United States comprising some of Indians' favorite international regions.

Per Person Cost by World Region

DestinationRound-trip Economy FlightNightly 3-Star Hotel RateMid-Range Daily Food CostMid-Range 1-Week Cost
Within IndiaRs. 11,003Rs. 2,885Rs. 441Rs. 34,285
Other Locales in AsiaRs. 19,192Rs. 3,054Rs. 1,548Rs. 51,405
US & EuropeRs. 67,287Rs. 10,905Rs. 2,210Rs. 159,092
Flights calculated as average price per MakeMyTrip from Mumbai (BOM), Delhi (DEL) and Bengaluru (BLR); non-stop if available. Hotel prices per Google Hotel Search and food cost per BudgetYourTrip

Not surprisingly, a domestic vacation is the most affordable, with a mid-range cost of about Rs. 34,000. Visiting Asian destinations outside India costs about 50% more, largely driven by flight and food costs. Visiting Europe or the US is much more expensive, costing more than four times the cost of a trip within India. Depending on personal interest and affordability, we break out different destinations within India, around Asia and in Europe & the US below.

Average Cost of a Vacation within India

Assuming mid-range prices, visiting the forts, temples and bazaars of Delhi (with perhaps a side trip to the Taj Mahal in Agra) would cost about Rs. 22,000, as would a trip to explore the backwaters of Kerala. Travelling to Goa would cost approximately 20% more, largely driven by hotel prices, while a trip to Darjeeling would cost approximately 60% more, driven by flight and hotel costs. Adventurous Indians looking to explore Leh or Ladakh should expect to pay nearly three times more than a trip to Delhi or Kerala, due to the cost of flights and hotels, slightly offset by cheaper food prices.

Per Person Cost within India

DestinationRound-trip Economy FlightNightly 3-Star Hotel RateMid-Range Daily Food CostMid-Range 1-Week Cost
Delhi/AgraRs. 7,172Rs. 1,655Rs. 490Rs. 22,187
Kerala BackwatersRs. 6,764Rs. 1,842Rs. 399Rs. 22,451
GoaRs. 7,061Rs. 2,352Rs. 504Rs. 27,053
DarjeelingRs. 10,352Rs. 3,236Rs. 454Rs. 36,182
Leh/LadakhRs. 23,665Rs. 5,338Rs. 360Rs. 63,551
AverageRs. 11,003Rs. 2,885Rs. 441Rs. 34,285
Flights calculated as average price per MakeMyTrip from Mumbai (BOM), Delhi (DEL) and Bengaluru (BLR); non-stop if available. Hotel prices per Google Hotel Search and food cost per BudgetYourTrip

Notably, the cost of these trips depends on from where you fly, as well as your desired accommodation type and taste for food. Below, we've broken out flight prices from Mumbai (BOM), Delhi (DEL) and Bengaluru (BLR), accomodations from hostels to 5-star hotels and daily food cost from budget to high-end:

DestinationBOMDELBLRAverage
Delhi/AgraRs. 7,051-Rs. 7,292Rs. 7,172
Kerala BackwatersRs. 5,328Rs. 10,971Rs. 3,994Rs. 6,764
GoaRs. 6,074Rs. 9,161Rs. 5,948Rs. 7,061
DarjeelingRs. 13,340Rs. 9,762Rs. 7,954Rs. 10,352
Leh/LadakhRs. 26,036Rs. 18,583Rs. 26,375Rs. 23,665
Economy prices per MakeMyTrip; non-stop if available
DestinationHostel3-Star Hotel5-Star Hotel
Delhi/AgraRs. 594Rs. 1,655Rs. 6,676
Kerala BackwatersRs. 691Rs. 1,842Rs. 4,928
GoaRs. 450Rs. 2,352Rs. 10,020
DarjeelingRs. 800Rs. 3,236Rs. 5,396
Leh/LadakhRs. 400Rs. 5,338-
Hostel prices per Hostelworld, hotel prices per Google
DestinationBudgetMid-RangeHigh-End
Delhi/AgraRs. 201Rs. 490Rs. 1,126
Kerala BackwatersRs. 169Rs. 399Rs. 842
GoaRs. 224Rs. 504Rs. 916
DarjeelingRs. 184Rs. 454Rs. 1,085
Leh/LadakhRs. 284Rs. 360Rs. 504
Prices per BudgetYourTrip

Average Cost of a Vacation to Other Asian Destinations

Assuming mid-range prices, travelling to Kuala Lumpur or Bangkok is in the same cost range as a typical trip within India. If you want to visit the beautiful beaches of Bali, you should expect to pay about 50% more than you would within India, largely driven by more expensive flights and food, but offset by cheaper hotel accommodations. Dubai or Singapore would cost about twice as much as a vacation within India, driven by higher costs across the board, especially food costs.

DestinationRound-trip Economy FlightNightly 3-Star Hotel RateMid-Range Daily Food CostMid-Range 1-Week Cost
Kuala LumpurRs. 15,945Rs. 1,749Rs. 762Rs. 33,522
BangkokRs. 14,178Rs. 2,356Rs. 1,128Rs. 38,566
BaliRs. 26,956Rs. 2,014Rs. 1,240Rs. 49,734
DubaiRs. 17,106Rs. 3,772Rs. 3,077Rs. 65,049
SingaporeRs. 21,774Rs. 5,377Rs. 1,534Rs. 70,151
AverageRs. 19,192Rs. 3,054Rs. 1,548Rs. 51,405
Flights calculated as average price per MakeMyTrip from Mumbai (BOM), Delhi (DEL) and Bengaluru (BLR); non-stop if available. Hotel prices per Google Hotel Search and food cost per BudgetYourTrip

As in the prior section, below you can find more granular costs such as flights from Mumbai (BOM), Delhi (DEL) and Bengaluru (BLR), accommodations ranging from hostels to 5-star hotels and daily food costs from budget to high-end:

DestinationBOMDELBLRAverage
KLRs. 18,497Rs. 16,638Rs. 12,699Rs. 15,945
BangkokRs. 16,523Rs. 12,332Rs. 13,679Rs. 14,178
BaliRs. 30,565Rs. 25,534Rs. 24,770Rs. 26,956
DubaiRs. 16,319Rs. 16,509Rs. 18,491Rs. 17,106
SingaporeRs. 23,399Rs. 21,871Rs. 20,053Rs. 21,774
Economy prices per MakeMyTrip; non-stop if available
DestinationHostel3-Star Hotel5-Star Hotel
Kuala LumpurRs. 501Rs. 1,749Rs. 5,265
BangkokRs. 640Rs. 2,356Rs. 9,626
BaliRs. 586Rs. 2,014Rs. 12,479
DubaiRs. 1,130Rs. 3,772Rs. 12,821
SingaporeRs. 896Rs. 5,377Rs. 15,154
Hostel prices per Hostelworld, hotel prices per Google
DestinationBudgetMid-RangeHigh-End
Kuala LumpurRs. 288Rs. 762Rs. 1,999
BangkokRs. 434Rs. 1,128Rs. 3,016
BaliRs. 495Rs. 1,240Rs. 3,147
DubaiRs. 1,238Rs. 3,077Rs. 7,487
SingaporeRs. 614Rs. 1,534Rs. 3,887
Prices per BudgetYourTrip

Average Cost of a Vacation to Europe & the US

Using Croatia as an example, a trip to Central/Eastern Europe could cost three times as much as travelling within India. Within Europe, travelling to popular cities in the western part of the continent like London or Paris could cost 30% more than somewhere like Croatia (largely driven by hotel and food prices in this comparison). New York City or San Francisco, popular destinations in the US, could cost 60% more than London or Paris, largely driven by flight and hotel costs.

DestinationRound-trip Economy FlightNightly 3-Star Hotel RateMid-Range Daily Food CostMid-Range 1-Week Cost
CroatiaRs. 56,727Rs. 5,039Rs. 1,455Rs. 102,185
LondonRs. 56,372Rs. 8,349Rs. 2,560Rs. 132,735
ParisRs. 52,610Rs. 9,472Rs. 2,193Rs. 134,265
NYCRs. 81,760Rs. 15,487Rs. 2,628Rs. 208,565
SFRs. 88,967Rs. 16,179Rs. 2,213Rs. 217,711
AverageRs. 67,287Rs. 10,905Rs. 2,210Rs. 159,092
Flights calculated as average price per MakeMyTrip from Mumbai (BOM), Delhi (DEL) and Bengaluru (BLR); non-stop if available. Hotel prices per Google Hotel Search and food cost per BudgetYourTrip

Below we break out flights from Mumbai (BOM), Delhi (DEL) and Bengaluru (BLR), accommodations ranging from hostels to 5-star hotels and daily food costs from budget to high-end for these destinations:

DestinationBOMDELBLRAverage
CroatiaRs. 59,842Rs. 43,655Rs. 66,684Rs. 56,727
LondonRs. 55,082Rs. 52,794Rs. 61,241Rs. 56,372
ParisRs. 45,891Rs. 58,594Rs. 53,345Rs. 52,610
NYCRs. 87,709Rs. 86,605Rs. 70,966Rs. 81,760
SFRs. 84,732Rs. 97,842Rs. 84,327Rs. 88,967
Economy prices per MakeMyTrip; non-stop if available
DestinationHostel3-Star Hotel5-Star Hotel
CroatiaRs. 2,345Rs. 5,039Rs. 11,691
LondonRs. 2,098Rs. 8,349Rs. 20,434
ParisRs. 2,580Rs. 9,472Rs. 26,236
NYCRs. 3,456Rs. 15,487Rs. 33,006
SFRs. 3,145Rs. 16,179Rs. 43,119
Hostel prices per Hostelworld, hotel prices per Google
DestinationBudgetMid-RangeHigh-End
CroatiaRs. 601Rs. 1,455Rs. 3,353
LondonRs. 1,006Rs. 2,560Rs. 6,765
ParisRs. 861Rs. 2,193Rs. 5,246
NYCRs. 1,107Rs. 2,628Rs. 5,672
SFRs. 899Rs. 2,213Rs. 5,049
Prices per BudgetYourTrip

Best Ways to Finance a Vacation

When deciding whether to take a vacation or where to visit, affordability is a very important factor. In general, it's important to budget one's expenses on an ongoing basis and to not buy something one can't afford. Temporarily borrowing money to finance a vacation isn't taboo, as long as paying back the money quickly is not too financially strenuous.

Credit Cards

A credit card is the best way to pay for daily purchases, due to the valuable rewards like cashback or airline miles. Additionally, many travel credit cards in India provide added benefits like flight discounts, which can help to reduce the overall cost of a trip significantly, as well as lounge access, which makes travelling more comfortable.

However, paying for a vacation that you can't afford by building a credit card balance could be disastrously costly due to the high interest rates (~41% average in India). It is important to pay down credit card balances as quickly as possible. If one has already charged large vacation expenses to his or her card that can't quickly be paid down, a balance transfer would be a prudent method of managing your debt down over time.

Personal Loans

A personal loan is a good option for financing, with the best personal loans in India having annual interest rates in the 10–15% range.