Taking a budget adventure around the world can seem improbable at first. But being experienced at it as I am, I can confidently vouch for the fact that it is possible to make it through the best destinations without spending a whole lot of your hard earned cash.
Now, you might think I have some leverage because of my profession and my connections. But to tell you frankly, such aspects of my life were insignificant to the grand scheme of things. I didn’t start out armed with a whole lot of knowledge. I just had a dream and a few dollars in my pocket.
Which I suggest, if you have them too, then I urge you to pursue them.
What I recommend you do is start with countries that convert your native currency significantly. I had a budget adventure in the Philippines, where one Australian dollar is equivalent to around forty pesos, and it was by far one of the most amazing places I have been! I got to swim with the whale sharks, turtles, explore caves, scuba dive world class ship wrecks, get up close and personal with tarsiers and monkeys, see the famous Underground River, and spend a whole lot of time relaxing by the beach some of the most stunning beaches I have yet to come across (and I hale from the Gold Coast, Australia!). Granted, there were some disappointing aspects to it like weak Wi-Fi services and the odd sketchy ferry ride. But ultimately, those experiences grounded me and helped me get to know the country its people, and their culture a whole lot better.
The sunsets every evening in the Philippines are more than spectacular
The same can be said for my trip to Egypt, which is another budget adventure destination you should pursue. I am aware of its bad reputation (thanks to the media) and its proximity to other equally misunderstood places. But I can honestly say that in the 6 months I stayed, I did not sense anything awry about it. Egypt is affordable at 6 Egyptian pounds to one Australian dollar conversion rate (AUD $2 a beer!) and it also houses some of the most spectacular natural and manmade creations. Here, you can go scuba diving (Ras Muhammad National Park), mountain climbing (Mt. Sinai and the Valley of the Kings) and sight-seeing (the Egyptian Pyramids and the Great Sphinx). And if nothing else, you could discover the centuries old culture that (controversially) gave birth to civilization.
The famous Pyramids of Giza will blow you away at every angle
Up next on my list of budget travel destinations list is India, where one Australian dollar is equal to 53 Indian rupees. You can’t go wrong with this country in spite of it being a bit harsh for crowds. It will turn your world upside down! You’ll get to see extremes in social standings and tourist spots. You’ll get stimulated by the cuisine and local practices. You’ll be shocked, amazed and transformed by its display of beauty, their love and their culture. As one of the biggest countries in the world, India will give you everything you would ever want out of a road trip. And all you’d have to do is rent a scooter. Don’t forget to drive through the Old Silk Route when you’re there.
Speaking of civilization, it’s no secret that Africa is the birthplace of mankind. As such, it is only fitting that you make your way from the previous budget adventure destination to this continent, to find out what other legendary tourist attractions you can see. Ethiopia would be an affordable country to start with as one Australian dollar here can be converted to 17 Ethiopian birr. Once you set foot in this African paradise, you can rent a scooter and road trip through Ethiopia’s Historic Route (Addis Ababa-Bahir Dar (Blue Nile Falls)-Lake Tana-Gondar). Then you could hike up the Simien Mountains, where you’d get to encounter the nation’s unique Gelada baboon, or check out the Yangudi National Park, where you’d find the African Wild Ass, Beisa Oryx, Soemmering’s as well as Waller’s gazelle, and Grevy’s zebra.
Early morning on the Omo river in Ethiopia
Finally, you could head on out to Mexico, where you could partake in a budget adventure as equally cheap as the Philippines. The plane fare will be a bit of a challenge though, especially if you’re coming from the other side of the world. But the cost can be offset by how small your day to day allowance will be in the country. Back in 2010 I spend three months road tripping the west coast from North to south on less than $5 a day! Just like the rest of the budget adventure destinations mentioned, you could expect to do a lot of things in Mexico. You could head on out to Tulum on the east coust, See Mexico city along with the Temple of the sun, the moon and the valley of death. Or as it is one of the most affordable nesting grounds in the country you could set your itinerary to visit attractions such as the the El Gran Cenote, the Punta Laguna Nature Reserve and Playa del Paraiso.
The Mayan Ruins just outside of Mexico, where the temple of the sun and the moon sit
Travelling doesn’t always have to be expensive and you can cut cost in just about everything you do. You just have to be smart about your travel adventures and you’ll discover the further you stretch your money the further you can travel in the world.