Europe has plenty of budget walking options because, from hiking huts to well-mapped, long-trod trails, there’s plenty of infrastructure. There are national parks, and there’s lots of competitively priced accommodation available. Alternatively, you could look to Morocco, where the Atlas Mountains combine all the drama of high peaks with sleeping sound in cosy gites. And looking further afield, perhaps peruse Peru, too – the Inca Trail can be less pricy than you think- even for a once-in-a-lifetime trip. Keep costs down by eating and staying local, and swap car hire for the bus – these are places with good public transport links.
Lace up those hiking boots. You can walk across the Atlas Mountains on a shoestring.