Things to do an a budget adventure vacation

THINGS TO DO ON A BUDGET ADVENTURE HOLIDAY


OUR TOP TIPS ON A BUDGET ADVENTURE HOLIDAY

Casas, homestays & camping

Although it's often the path you take that provides the more memorable traveling experience, where you stay on a budget adventure vacation will also, most certainly, add to the cheaper thrills. A casa in Cuba for example, complete with en-suite facilities and your own front door key, is one such method that cuts down costs whilst also creating a wonderfully special adventure. Homestays in rural Cambodia or southern India will do the same with basic, shared facilities opening your eyes to what, for you, is an adventure but for your hosts, a way of life.

Budget safari and wildlife

Move out the way exclusive safari lodges; budget adventure travelers are coming to a watering hole near you. Kruger National Park, the Masai Mara and the gorillas of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest are yours to behold with overland travel, fully functional campsites and rustic lodgings providing cost conscious ideas for those who want to get closer to wildlife without the inclusive luxury extras.
Budget adventure safaris donít require risk taking or corner cutting; they encourage early morning game drives to see the sunrise from the back of a truck or night drives with a park ranger before returning to camp to discuss nocturnal goings on from the safety of the campfire. Traveling as part of a small group allows your safari funds to stretch even further as you spread the costs of food, accommodation and guide fees to ensure you can see lions, antelopes and elephants in Etosha or paddle deep into the Okavango Delta on a traditional mokoro dugout canoe. Safaris can be affordable, especially when weighed against more exclusive, less authentic, khaki alternatives.

Get wet

Whether youíre tackling the Mreznica River in Croatia or gliding over Montenegroís Lake Skadar, kayaking is a great option for budget adventurers who like to reflect from the water. Snorkelling is another classic budget water sport with Hurghada on the Red Sea certain to expand underwater horizons just as readily as snorkelling over Caribbean coral in Costa Rica or off the beaches in Cuba. Save your funds to try Scuba diving, kite surfing or wind surfing; borrow a surfboard on a free afternoon; or dive into a glacial lake Ė whatever you do, donít forget your cozzie on your next budget adventure.

Make the most of optional extras

Budget adventures aren't about missing out, they're about saving money for things you'd like to do. Things like a Khmer cooking class in Cambodia, scuba diving in Cuba or, perhaps, a massage on the beaches of southwest India. Having the option to take part in an activity rather than it being included in the overall price gives you the freedom to join in or sit out depending on your mood at the time.
Optional activities also give you the chance to pack your free time with adventures where you can hire or borrow a bike and cycle in the mountains of Montenegro or get your hands on a pair of flippers, snorkel and mask before diving into the tropical waters surrounding the Gili Islands in Indonesia. Basically, not having activities built into an itinerary gives you more opportunities to choose your own adventure and balance your budget along the way. Having a few funds in reserve allows you to seize the moment and do something brave, something adventurous, something you never would have considered when you first contemplated signing up for a tour.
Photo credits: [Casas, homestays and camping: DirkvdM] [Safaris and wildlife: Werner Bayer] [Get wet: Phuket@photographer.net] [Optional extras: Tara Angkor Hotel]

Written by: Chris Owen
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