Package deals with guided group tours can be expensive and inflexible, but bamba offers two different options for inexpensive adventure travel: Hop-On Hop-Off bus passes and exciting Short Adventures.
Here are some helpful tips from a leader in the adventure travel industry, bamba, to help you create an unforgettable travel itinerary while sticking to your budget and finding ways to save money as you plan!
Hop-On Hop-Off bus passes allow you to travel along a chosen route with a flexible schedule. The passes include all your transportation (in public buses, shuttles, ferries, and more), as well as the perfect combination of fun adventure, cultural and natural activities along the way. You can experience the countries in which you travel full-on with the flexibility to make changes to your departure dates on the go. The passes do not include accommodation which allows you to decide where to sleep and helps save you money.
One of bamba´s travel passes called Buddha bamba Ways takes you from Bangkok through the breathtaking countries of Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia to see the best highlights and interact with local cultures. Enjoy adventurous activities like nature treks to colourful indigenous villages, peaceful boat trips on the Mekong River, a cruise in the striking Halong Bay, unique bike rides through local neighbourhoods, busy vibrant marketplaces, tasting spicy new flavours with local families, visiting peaceful temples and thrilling kayaking adventures.
Another option that helps you save your hard-earned cash is to book a series of Short Adventure Trips. Consider planning an adventure trip to Peru by combining several short adventures in different cities like a Ballestas Islands & Paracas National Reserve Adventure from Lima, a Colca Canyon Trekking from Arequipa followed by an Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu from Cuzco and an Amantani Homestay & Kayak Experience from Puno. Rather than booking a package trip that includes too many extras that can increase your budget, mix and match activities to achieve the overall budget you are searching for. Enjoy the flexibility of choosing your own itinerary, free from the fixed schedules group tours impose.
By doing a little research prior to your trip, you can find different ways of saving money.
Search out alternative accommodation options and book online through sites such as hostelworld.com for hostels, hotels.com for hotels, Airbnb for apartment rentals, homestay.com for Homestays, and couchsurfing.com for an even cheaper option. Another great option to search for information, compare reviews and check prices for accommodation, and things to do is TripAdvisor. Search for flight options with different search engines like kayak.com, vayama.com, orbitz.com, google.com/flights, skyscanner.com. A great way to search for the cheapest option from point a to point b is to take a look at Rome2Rio.com where you can check the map for the quickest and cheapest way to go.
Travelling Independently instead of a package deal will allow you to save lots of money. With the internet today it’s possible to easily book your flights and accommodation in almost every country in the world.
Tips to keep your budget on target while planning your trip:
- Book a Hop-On Hop-Off bus pass which allows you to tailor your trip and your budget with tons of adventure in between.
- Search for flight options with different search engines.
- Consider alternative accommodation options.
- Search for cheap flights and accommodation online.
- Research the cheapest way from one place to the next.
- Create a trip out of short adventures in different cities.
- Research on TripAdvisor to get the best value for money on experiences, accommodation, restaurants, and activities.
- Travel during low season when everything from accommodation to flights will be cheaper.
- Keep an eye out for promotions or discounts by signing up on Facebook or a mailing list of an airline or tour operator.
- Create a daily budget for meals, souvenirs, activities and personal expenses.