Shop ’til you drop: The best shopping festivals in the world

Who needs 23 kg of luggage space, you may ask? Shopaholics – that’s who! If there’s one thing you can guarantee you’ll get done on your overseas trip, it’s a little shopping.

Whether you go all out and buy an entire new wardrobe or just want to pick up a few new gifts for your family, what place better to get the job done than at one of the world’s largest shopping festivals?

You may want to set yourself a budget for these events, or you may rack up a large total very quickly!

Great Singapore Sale, Singapore

May 30 to July 27, 2014

For those who love to grab a bargain, the annual Great Singapore Sale is the perfect time to holiday in Singapore. Each year, thousands of shoppers flock to Singapore’s main malls and shopping areas for a nationwide mega sale on all sorts of offerings. Prices are up to 70 per cent off on both local and international brands, and the sale stretches for two months over June and July.

One of the most popular destinations for shoppers of all ages is the ION Orchard mall, which is an impressive 66,000 square metres of retail paradise. In this flashy mall you’ll find high-end brands such as Louis Vuitton and Diane von Furstenberg, as well as more affordable – yet still ultra fashionable – joints such as Forever 21. If you have time to divert from your shopping efforts, be sure to schedule in a visit to the ION Art Gallery or admire the surrounds from an elevated position at ION Sky.

Amazing Thailand Grand Sale, Thailand

June 15 to August 15, 2014

Shoppers looking to save money on both items and experiences will enjoy this discount extravaganza, as savings and deals are not limited to retail items! This year, the Amazing Thailand Grand Sale will take place for two months from June 15.

Enjoy discounts of up to 80 per cent at both shopping venues such as malls, as well as hotels, restaurants and other tourist attractions countrywide. Choose from branded clothing to handmade Thai crafts or electrical appliances, and you can even save on jewellery, games of golf and spa and massage!

If you’re looking for the best time to visit Thailand, this could well be it. Pick up the perfect gift for your relatives back home, before indulging in a ridiculously affordable massage, game of golf, and then meal out at a restaurant – all in a gorgeous dress you bought during the sale!

USA Outlet Shopping Festival, USA

October 10 to 13, 2014

This outlet shopping festival is set for October 10 to 13 in 2014, and sees participating retail outlets across America join together for the ultimate in outlet shopping experiences. Brands such as Calvin Klein, American Eagle Outfitters, Nike and Tommy Hilfiger are set to take part, across outlet stores in Florida, Oklahoma, Oregon, Indiana, Pennsylvania, California, New York and more.

There are plenty of deals and discounts on offer for shoppers during the USA Outlet Shopping Festival, and shoppers can even be in to win hundreds of dollars worth of gift cards from selected participating brands.

Dubai Shopping Festival, Dubai

January 1 to February 1, 2015

This 32 day shopping extravaganza is a true paradise for those who love to splash their cash on new items. The festival is the largest shopping and entertainment event in the Middle East, and was this year held from January 2 until February 2 and aims to promote trade and commerce in Dubai.

Aside from the chance to purchase the best products on offer, such as electronics, the festival also showcases plenty of street events and entertainment, including fireworks displays, film festivals and international fashion shows. What’s more, guests can even win more than $US 27 million worth of items such as gold, luxury vehicles and cash – perhaps you won’t need to spend any money at all!

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