You probably have something you call “trip of a lifetime”, a dream trip, the most exciting vacation ever – and you think it is too expensive. Good news: We have found 10 fantastic dream trips are cheaper than you think.
Have you always thought that Machu Picchu and the Great Wall of China are totally outside your financial reach? Then you might just checked tickets, and not quite figured on what it costs to stay in the country. We have found some adventure destinations where the stay is affordable – and provides space for wild adventures like ballooning in Albuquerque or zorbing in New Zealand. Plane tickets are not the cheapest, but all the places here offer hotels in the low-end and special offers, a journey outside the season etc. – then it starts to be within reach. And that’s really the adventure of life here you can read about.
10 dream trips with the adventure of a lifetime – cheaper than you think
01. Hawaii: Hiking on the volcano and lava field
Visiting Hawaii is a dream in itself, the beaches, the music, the great umbrella drinks, nature, small coves with perfectly turquoise water, the winding roads through the mountains, the incredible flowers – and then there are the volcanoes!
You have to visit Hawaii Volcano National Park. Run up to the caldera, and do not miss the Crater Rim Drive, an 11-mile long road that passes through the various volcanic landscapes, ranging from tropical rainforest to desert-like craters. Here are scenic views all the way. There is also the opportunity to go into the Thurston Lava, no longer an active part of the volcano.
There are good free camping and hiking opportunities, but be sure to check the website for updates on volcanic activity in the park before taking over here! Stick to the marked trails whatever. You are literally out on the (active) volcanoes! Visit the Star of the Sea Church at Highway 130 just before Kaimu Park. Park the car where the road ends, and walking on the lava field. The trail ends on a beautiful black sand beach, swimming is not allowed because of the proximity to the active volcano, Kilauea.
02. New Zealand: Zorbing
Now the game: Zorbing is to roll and bounce down a hill while you are inside a giant hamster wheel-like plastic ball – an adrenalin junkies dream! Zorbing has been popular since 1997 and is an “only in New Zealand” experience that is worth writing home about. You have two options: Zydro, a kind of water version of Zorbing and Zorbit, the di-version. Organizers Zorb Rotorua offers several variations of tours. And then you are in New Zealand, so when you come out of your bubble, here are great nature – Lord of the Rings was filmed here. New Zealand offers an exciting food culture and an intriguing culture that is created equally of European settlers and the original inhabitants – make sure you get something from both cultures.
03. St. Augustine Florida: On zip line of crocodiles and alligators
Hurray – you go out on a line drawn across a huge area packed with hungry crocodiles, alligators and hundreds of other reptiles. If you have the stomach for it, so you can ride to zip your way over these dangerous animals. At St. Augustine Alligator Farm, located on Florida’s northeast coast, just outside the historic city of St. Augustine, you can do just that.
Top safety: You will be instructed by experts before you are allowed to participate and learn how all the rope and pulley systems operate, and you make a little øvelsestur before starting the real adventure. Choose eg 45 minutes Sepik River route, here you are 7 meters up, and get 3 zip lines to follow or choose the longer and higher 90-minute Nile Course, a course located 19 meters above the ground, and get you through in everything 9 zip lines. The views are spectacular, and when your knees to stop shaking, it’s pretty cool to zipping around the heads of these wild monster.
04. Canada: Dogsled race in the Laurentians, Quebec
One of the best ways to get out and experience the magnificent nature at its best is by running in dogsled through the wide open wilderness in the Laurentians in Canada’s Quebec province, 2-hour drive from Montréal. At equipping places like Pourvoirie Mekoos in Mont-Laurier you get to meet the dogs before running in dog sledding team through the Canadian wilderness.
You get a beautiful cabin in the woods (or room in a lodge), delicious homemade meals and a host of activities to choose from. No matter what season you visit here things to do: Choose from hunting, fishing, hiking, mountain biking, bird watching, berry picking and nature trekking in the spring, summer and fall and snowshoeing, snowmobiling, ice fishing and dog sledding in the winter. You can take half-day sledding or multi-day. An accommodation and meal package includes a night at the lodge or in a cottage, dinner, breakfast and use of spa and sauna.
05. Peru: Machu Picchu
One of the most popular places on many people’s to-do list in life is to visit Machu Picchu, the mystical place was once ruled by the ancient Inca tribes in Peru. It’s definitely one of those places where you have to bite the bullet and pay for the airfare to get to Cuzco, but the rest is quite affordable. For example, the operator G Adventures several guided tours to Machu Picchu. You can choose to take on four-day Inca Trail hike or just take the train to the top, it’s up to you. The same show also has a very popular larger trip, Absolute Peru, which is a 21-day adventure that takes you to Lima, Paracas, Nazca, Arequipa, Colce Canyon, Lake Titicaca, Puno, Cuzco, Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, Ollantaytambo, and into the Amazon jungle.
06. China: The Great Wall
This is also one of the biggest life wishes of many: A pilgrimage to, and on the Great Wall of China. Fortunately, there are some really good deals and guided tours to the Great Wall from Beijing. You can contact the organizers as China Spree, or buy the plane ticket, and before booking a guide to the first day. Be aware that it is often possible to get extensive discounts in Beijing and Shanghai – it helps your guide you with.
07. Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA: Air balloon
Hot air ballooning is not just fun and games in Albuquerque – it’s a lifestyle, and it is relatively affordable compared to ballooning in other parts of the world. Rainbow Ryders flying over Albuquerque, and they offer Sunrise, sunset flights.
Here you can follow the intricate process while the huge balloon filled and prepared before you go on your 3.5-hour epic adventure high above the city. One particular thing you can experience is a “splash and dash” where the balloon is lowered to the surface of the Rio Grande, short skims the surface, floating along the river, and again rises to the height you came from. Wow! Hot air balloon rides in Albuquerque cost from about 1600 kr for three hours – yes, it’s money, but still far cheaper than elsewhere on the globe. Keep an eye on possibly, discounts when planning your Mexico travel, as there are often special offers. If you prefer to watch from the sidelines, so be sure to visit this part of New Mexico in Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, a phenomenal festival held each year in early October, when thousands of colorful hot air balloons, with participants from worldwide, floating beautifully in the sky!
08. Alaska: A scenic train ride through the wilderness
An Alaska vacation seems enough like it’s pretty far away, both geographically and economically, but the Alaska Railroad makes it easier to make this dream trip a reality. Like many other desirable locations, it is a good idea to travel in low season, and in this case, it is during May and September. Then your trip more affordable, and you experience the place where crowds and temperatures are more reasonable. Alaska Railroad offers a range of holiday offers, for example, a five- day adventure is available from June to September every year. Upon arrival in Anchorage, you can spend the night in town, giving you a chance to explore the area, visit local places as Anchorage Museum at Rasmusson Center, or take a scenic walk along the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail.
Next, run the train from Anchorage to Talkeetna and spend the night in rustic cabins surrounded by Alaska’s spectacular wilderness. The next day will take you to Denali. Spend a day to experience Denali National Park and return to Anchorage later the next day.
09. Australia: Snorkeling at Australia’s Great Barrier Reef
The world’s largest coral reef deserves absolutely a place on our list. Keep an eye on the airlines’ offer to Australia, and remember that winter here is summer there, and vice versa. Australia’s east coast offers both wine tasting, gold washing, Yuraygir National Park and Byron Bay, a hippie surfer’s paradise. You can see Australia’s Gold Coast, visit Brisbane and Fraser Island, snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef, and sailing among the scenic Whitsunday Islands.
From here you can take the train to Cairns and experience Aborigines’ rich culture. You can also find pre-packaged tours, and here’s a tip to them: When you evaluate more trips like this, remember to figure out what it really is per day – there you can see the real cost compared to what you actually would otherwise use to arrange.
10. Cuba: Fascinating full of life
Did you know that in a house in Havana is an entire staircase, painted beautifully by the Danish world famous Asger Jorn? Yes, very strange. But Cuba has always attracted artists and writers – think of Hemingway – and Cuba is beyond any doubt a picturesque island with an incredibly rich culture, so there is nothing to say to that. The easiest way is to travel via Paris – because there are still limited flights to this. But the prize is unique: Beaches where you want to pinch yourself in the arm to feel if you dream, orchards and mountains, and food that will make you-eating you. Again, the ticket of the pricey kinds, but it must be weighed against that staying here is incredibly cheap, right from the hotel for food and drink, whether it’s a restaurant or delicious street kitchens. Here you do not need a custom trip, here you can basically just suck all that is Cuban, and perhaps even venture out in a cigar.