The Best Cheap Adventures Around The World
Have yourself the cheap adventure that you deserve! What is more appealing than experiencing adventures out of our wildest dreams? Many of us dream of embarking on epic and unforgettable adventures, but are concerned of what it might cost us. It is true, a lot of these adventures may be out of budget, but that does not mean all are! Believe it or not, it may not be as expensive as you thought to explore from the mountains, to the oceans, from the jungles, to the beachy islands, and begin your amazing inexpensive adventure! Here are your 10 Amazing and Inexpensive Adventure Around The World!
10. Snorkel The Mesoamerican Barrier Reef and Swim with Nurse Sharks in Belize
Off the coast of the Belize islands lies the incredibly stunning Belize Barrier Reef, a large section of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, the largest reef in the western hemisphere (Link 1). As an incredibly flourishing reef, with stunning marine plant life, such as the colorful corals, and magnificent marine animals, such as the beautiful fish, eels, sting rays, turtles, and nurse sharks, will absolutely blow you away. If you’re looking for an unforgettable aquatic wildlife adventure, this is the option for you.
In the islands of Belize, the Belizean fisherman would go to catch their days worth of fish in what is now known as the Hol Chan Marine Reserve. However, the fisherman realized they could make more money selling tours to the reef than catching fish there and that is how this beautiful reef section became a marine reserve. At the Hol Chan Marine Reserve you will have an unforgettable snorkeling experience through this section of the Belize Barrier Reef. At the time when the fisherman were still fishing here, they would take the fish they had caught over to Shark-Ray Alley where they would clean their catch, and throw the chum overboard for the Nurse Shark and Sting Rays. As a result, the sharks and rays have stayed here and this is where you will get a chance to swim with these incredible animals! This adventure can be booked ahead of time for $55USD at Seaduced by Belize (Link 2) or upon arrival with many tour companies on the street for $35USD.
9. Explore Ancient Mayan Ritual Caves in Belize
*This adventure is so sacred there is no photography allowed except by a special and difficult to get permit*
The Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) caves is an ancient Mayan ritual site, which is not the destination for an unforgettable adventure. As listed by National Geographic, the ATM caves is one of the top sacred places around the world (Link 3). As you wade, swim, and trek through the cave river, climb over and around boulders, and squeeze through a tight places, all to reach the end ancient Mayan ritual chamber, you will be in awe of what you have accomplished and what you are witnessing.
This adventure requires you to take only a specifically certified guide and does not allow you to bring anything in except for the clothes on your body. Yes, this means no cameras, so you will have to lock all these memories into your mind. This adventure can be booked for $95USD ahead of time through MayaWalk Tours (Link 4) or with other tour companies on the streets for as low as $85USD.
8. Climb to the Highest Point in Central America
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The moment you begin exploring Guatemala you will quickly discover the astonishing number of mountains and volcanoes. If you love hiking, you will be intrigued by the vast options Guatemala has to offer. However, if climbing the highest peak in Central America sparks your interest, then you’re in luck!
The highest peak in Central America, Tajmuluco, stands at 4,220 meters tall (Link 5) and is located near the city of Quetzaltenango (Xela) in Guatemala. The adventure consists of 15 kilometers trekking over two days with camping overnight on the volcano so you get to enjoy a beautiful sunrise. Your hike begins at 3,000 meters on the first day and you reach peak on the second. For ~$70USD you can join this epic adventure with Quetzaltrekkers, a non-profit organization that helps children in Guatemala (Link 6).
7. Sail Through Indonesian Islands and See Komodo Dragon’s
Have you ever dreamed of sailing from island to island, experiencing stunning waters, unforgettable beaches, beautiful landscapes, and exotic wildlife? Sounds like something expensive doesn’t it? If you can sleep on a mat and hold off on a shower for 3 days, then you can experience all this, at an inexpensive cost! Sailing off from the island of Lombok just east of Bali, and island hopping for 4 days until you reach the town of Labuan Bajo on the island of East Nusa Tenggara, will end in an adventure you will never forget. You hike to waterfalls and viewpoints, swim in beautiful reefs and with wild manta rays, and get to see Komodo Dragons in their only true natural habitat, Komodo Island.
At a cost of ~$150USD (more money for more comfortable boats and accommodations), you will be astonished by what you experience on this wild adventure. Although 3 nights / 4 days is a popular excursion, Komodo Boat Trip (Link 7) offers the experience at varying lengths ranging from 1 day to 5+ days or you can find tour companies on the streets upon arrival.
6. Walk The Great Wall of China
The Great Wall of China is a world wonder that everybody knows about, but not many people will ever get to see it with their own eyes. As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this truly is a site to see. As stated by UNESCO, the Great Wall was built in 220 B.C. as a defense measure, spans over 20,000 kilometers long, and was enlisted as a world heritage site in 1987 (Link 8). Take a walk along the Great Wall and admire its beauty among the amazing mountainous landscape surrounding it. The feeling of awe that this adventure will bring you will be unremarkable.
As such an outstanding feature to our earth and in history, one would be surprised a ticket to walk up and explore one of the famous sections, Mutianyu, near Beijing will only cost you $8USD (Link 9)!
5. Experience Elephants in Thailand (ETHICALLY!)
Many people love animals, and desire an up close experience with their favorite animals. Animal and wildlife tourism is a massive business in many countries but can be highly unethical that involved injuring, drugging, and torturing animals. However, if cautiously doing research, you can find ethical options in the animal and wildlife tourism industry. Thailand is well known as a destination where tourists get a unique elephant experience, but as mentioned before, many of these options are highly unethical. Elephants are huge and intelligent beings, and getting to experience them up close is an unbelievable opportunity, that is why elephant rescue and conservation centers are the right option for getting an experience with these beautiful animals.
With these centers, you will get to walk with, feed, and bathe the elephants. There is absolutely no riding the elephants and no making them do fancy tricks. With companies such as Elephants World in Kanchanaburi, Thailand, you are working for the elephant to give it a better life than the one of hard work and abuse that it was rescued from. Elephants World offers experiences lasting from 1 day to 4 weeks at varying prices (Link 10).
4. Hike in The Bavarian Alps and See Neuschwanstien Castle
If you love mountains, the Bavarian Alps are a sight to see, and just to add to the adventure, you can find a Disney-like castle from the 17th century hidden away in the mountains of southern Germany. About 2 hours from Munich, Germany in the town of Hohenchwangau, a trip to Neuschwanstien Castle is one for the bucket list! Neuschwanstien Castle, which belonged to King Ludwig II of Bavaria (Link 11), is believed to be what inspired Walt Disney’s design Cinderella castle. If you are an adventure seeker looking for more than just a castle, then continue hiking along the trail on the other side of the gorge after you admire the beautiful view of the castle from the bridge that you can follow all the way up the mountain.
The whole adventure can be completely free if you’re up for some walking and don’t take a horse up to the castle. If your continuing up the mountain, that is also completely free! Although, if you want to get a look at the interior of the castle, that will cost ~$14USD (Link 12).
3. Go Waterfall Hunting in Bali
Bali, known as the island of gods for its rich and diverse culture, is a stunning island in Indonesia that offers something for everybody! What’s more majestic than exploring waterfalls on an exotic island? And how rewarding it is to jump into a picture perfect waterfall after working up a sweat on your hike there! You could fill up numerous days full of adventure exploring all the waterfalls in Bali. Just to name a few, these waterfalls include; Sekumpul, Git Git, Nungnung, Tegenungan, Leke Leke, and Tukad Cepung.
Generally, each waterfall will not cost more than $1USD to enter (Link 13), and are sometimes even free. Your only real expense will be your transportation, but if your looking for a real adventure, you can rent a basic scooter for no more than $10USD per day (Link 14) and fill your tank up for $2USD before take off on your journey all on your own!
2. Explore Cenotes in Mexico That Were Created by The Asteroid That Killed The Dinosaurs
In the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico is where a massive asteroid is believed to have hit earth, and is the cause for one of the leading theories explaining dinosaur extinction (Link 15). As a result of this impact, the Yucatan Peninsula is now covered in natural sinkholes called cenotes (Link 16)! Cenotes are a sight to see, often sunken into the land surrounded by cave like formations, and filled with fresh water. Many have fish swimming around so don’t forget your snorkel gear, and if you’re feeling really adventurous take a trip to scuba dive through the underwater caves that can be entered through a number of these cenotes. Some cenotes are deep and offer spots to jump for anyone seeking a little adrenaline!
Cenotes are spread all across the Yucatan Peninsula so visiting these beautiful features of the earth can be possible from many cities and towns including Tulum, Merida, Valladolid, Playa Del Carmen, Cancun, etc. Fee’s to enter a cenote can vary depending on location from around $1.50USD to $11USD.
1. Experience An Overnight Adventure in The Borneo Jungle
Borneo is the largest island in the continent of Asia, and the third largest in the world as stated by Encyclopedia Britannica. This large island is covered in vast amount of jungle for you to explore, and home to the orangutan. Interestingly, orangutans only live freely on two islands in the world; Borneo and Sumatra (Link 17), so an adventure in the Borneo jungle may provide you with a once in a lifetime opportunity to see wild orangutans. As you explore the jungle and the rivers in it, you will get the chance to witness so much more wildlife then you ever imagined, from insects, to crocodiles, to birds, to orangutans etc. Ever wondered what happens in the jungle at night? Take an extended stay in the Borneo jungle and listen to it come alive as you sleep under a mosquito net.
If you’re looking for a true rugged adventure in the Borneo jungle, look no further than Uncle Tan’s Wildlife Adventures (Link 18) in Sepilok, Sabah, Borneo! For $125USD you can experience 2 nights / 3 days of adventure in the remote Borneo jungle and can extend your stay for $32USD per night!
Links to info:
Link 7: http://komodoboattrip.com
Link 10: https://www.elephantsworld.org/
Link 14: https://balibikerental.com/en
Link 18: www.uncletan.com