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Unexpected Affordable Foreign Destinations

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Not sure where to go on your next big trip?

Here are some up-and-coming—and affordable—destinations that probably aren’t on your list, but should be.

During the last five years, foreign visitor arrivals to India have grown by almost 80 percent. And for good reason.

An explosion of low-cost airlines such as Jet Airways, IndiGo and Kingfisher has made travel to and within this diverse country easy and affordable.

And while Thailand was a big destination in 2007, you might want to consider Malaysia.

You’ll find luxury hotels for under $100 a night, and very good discounts on clothing, electronics, perfume, and crafts.

Malaysia Airlines offers an air pass, which means you can fly through Asia for about $1,000. And one of the best-kept-secrets is Oman.

This Middle Eastern gem offers hotels for $50 to $100 a night, plenty of shopping and a very favorable exchange rate.

Get more ideas for places to go in our Travel Destinations section.

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