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2019 New Year Resolutions: Save Money and Buy Cheap Flights

It's surprising just how much money you could save by swapping your takeout lunch for a packed lunch, or giving up Friday brunches for a few months. It could buy you a cheap ticket to Marrakech, Paris or even Tokyo! Here we show you some of the amazing cheap flight deals you could take advantage of if you make a few financial resolutions this New Year...

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1. Give up takeout lunches

Save: Dh3,200 in 4 months

Fly to: Marrakech for Dh2,883*

Give up your packed lunches for 4 months and treat yourself to a vacation in Marrakech where you’ll find some of the best food in the world. Book cheap flights and fly into the destination to visit a traditional Moroccan riad (the The Riad Les Bougainvilliers is beautiful and very affordable) and try your hand at a Moroccan cooking class such as this one where you’ll learn about all the different spices used in Moroccan cooking, and how to make the signature tagine dish. Make sure you also visit the Jemaa el-Fnaa, a marketplace which comes alive at night with shops, street food stalls and hawkers selling lots of traditional goodies.

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The Jemaa el-Fnaa market in Marrakech comes alive at night

Save: Dh6,400 in 8 months

Fly to: Sydney, Australia for Dh5,941*

Like Marrakech, Sydney is a great vacation destination for foodies. Check out the Sydney Seafood School where you can take a cooking class or watch a master chef in action. If fresh seafood’s your thing, set your alarm for 7am and head to the seafood market which sits, conveniently, just next door to the school, and enjoy some of the freshest seafood you’re ever likely to have. There’s also plenty of food tours which take you off the beaten track and into some of Sydney’s best independent restaurants and cafes. When you’re full, check out Sydney’s famous sites such as the Sydney Opera House, Taronga Zoo, and the cultural and historic Rocks neighborhood.

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Sydney is a great vacation destination for food lovers

Save: Dh9,600 in 1 year

Fly to: Rio De Janeiro, Brazil for Dh7,079*

As well as being host to the biggest party in the world – the Rio Carnival – there’s also lots of wonderful shops, art galleries, museums, and restaurants in this South American city. One of its most famous landmarks is the 38m tall Christ the Redeemer statue on Mount Corcovado, which can be reached via funicular, bus or hike. There’s some wonderful boutique hotels and independent galleries in the Santa Teresa district of the city, including the impressive Museu da Chácara do Céu, or head to hip Botafogo and check out the Indian Museum and contemporary bistros.

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Ride on the funicular to reach the Christ the Redeemer statue

2. Cancel your gym membership

Save: Dh1,396 in 4 months

Fly to: Los Angeles, United States, from Dh1,385*

One of the most exciting destinations in the world, Los Angeles on the Californian coast combines the attractions of a beach resort with outstanding cultural attractions and the buzz or a sprawling, modern urban center. There’s the memorable locations featured in the films of Hollywood alongside famous restaurants and glamorous nightlife. Flights to Los Angeles from the United Arab Emirates are down 9% year on year so this is a great time to book cheap flights. Make this your new year’s resolution for 2019. 

Read more: Top attractions and things to do in Los Angeles

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Los Angeles

Save: Dh2,792 in 8 months

Fly to: Paris, France for Dh2,392*

Whether it’s your first time in Paris or your fifth, you’ll always find new things to do. The Paris art scene, for example, is one of the busiest in the world so there’s a constant stream of temporary exhibitions, concerts, and theater shows throughout the year; check them out here to get your itinerary sorted. Of course there’s also the old favorites such as The Louvre, Disneyland Paris and the ever-impressive Eiffel Tower. To see more of what the City of Love has to offer, check out our article on the Top 10 attractions and things to do in Paris.

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Exercise outdoors and treat yourself to a vacation in Paris

Save: Dh4,188 in 1 year

Fly to: New York for Dh4,071*

It’s not the cheapest destination to get to from the UAE but there’s so much to do for free in New York that you don’t have to worry – plus you’ll deserve the treat after all of your hard resolution work! Start off at the High Line, a garden built onto an old railway track set high above the streets. It has some great places to eat and fab views of the city. You can also explore some of the city’s best museums for free; the Museum of Modern Art has no admission charge on Friday evenings between 4pm and 8pm. It can be popular so either get there very early or wait for the queue to die down. The New York Public Library is something of a New York institution and has 88 branches around the city. They’re all free to enter so you can browse the incredible collections to your heart’s content.

Read more: The best attractions and things to do in New York in every season

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New York has lots to do for free

3. Give up Friday Brunches

Save: Dh1,200 in 4 months

Fly to: Mumbai, India for Dh1,043*

Stay in the south of the city – Colaba is best – and you’ll be in a good place to explore one of India’s most interesting cities. There’s lots of heritage buildings around, as well as Mumbai’s two most well known landmarks – the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel and the imposing Gateway of India. The best time to visit Mumbai is during the winter months when the humidity and temperatures are pleasant rather than overwhelming. You can easily explore the rest of this incredibly diverse country by train from Mumbai, but we recommend you splash out on a first class ticket if you want anything close to a comfortable journey.

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See the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Mumbai

Save: Dh2,400 in 8 months

Fly to: Bangkok, Thailand for Dh1,974*

If you want something to do that’s off the backpacker and party trail, visit the Jim Thompson House. The American entrepreneur has been hailed as the man who saved Thailand’s silk industry in the 1950s and 1960s. The retired architect got creative with his residence and used multiple dwellings, transported to his plot of land, to create one structure in the form of six houses. Other fun Bangkok attractions include the Siriraj Medical Museum, Wat Arun temple, and The Grand Palace. Or go for a relaxing cup of tea at the Erawan Tea Room and escape the city’s hustle and bustle.

Read more: Skyscanner’s guide to the best things to do in Bangkok

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The Wat Arun temple is one of Bangkok's finest

Save: Dh3,600 in 1 year

Fly to: Tokyo, Japan for Dh3,638*

The ultimate vacation reward for making sensible New Year Resolutions has to be a trip to Tokyo. The city is about as unique and interesting as you’re likely to find in a developed country and has something to keep you busy every minute of every day. There’s wonderful history at the Tokyo Imperial Palace, the official residence of the Emperor of Japan, and the Senso-ji shrine which dates back to 645 AD. For a closer look at modern Japan, spend a night walking the lit-up streets of Akihabara which are filled with toy and comic stores to suit all tastes. Or head to Odaiba Island to the exhibition celebrating Gundam, an anime franchise dubbed Japan’s Star Wars.

Read more: Top 15 attractions and things to do in Tokyo

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Tokyo has something for everyone and is one of the world's most modern cities

 *Published January 2019. Prices used in this article are based on the average paid flight prices over the last year and were correct at the time of publication. However, they are subject to change and/or availability.

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