Are you an adrenaline junkie who gets their kicks out of being in the wide open outdoors? So do we! There is nothing quite like the feel of a new rush, a sense of oneness with nature and the knowledge that you are able to harmonize with and handle nature’s most tricky curveballs. So now that we have established the joy of adventure travel, do we take a look at how far it can set you back fiscally?
Here are a few figures.
Hot air ballooning for an hour in Cappadoccia, Turkey costs 150 euro per head. Hang gliding in Interlaken, Switzerland costs 200 Euros. A basic ski trip will set you back anywhere between $150 and $200 per head. Cycling along the British Columbian Highline costs you $1,417 for 3 days. An intensive 26 day trip through the Sierra high, Yosemite costs a whopping $6,495! In a nutshell, adventure travel may get your adrenaline soaring, but it sure depletes your bank balance. Here are some cool budget adventure travel suggestions that are easy on the pocket and high on the adventure quotient.
Take a hike In the Grand Canyon:
Why exactly is adventure travel so expensive? Because it is gear intensive and the cost of renting gear often puts a huge dent in your wallet. Tell gear requirements to take a hike. Go canyoneering or hiking in southern Utah or the Grand Canyon. A Grand Canyon tour comes cheap and is inclusive of some fantastic hiking and trail blazing opportunities. Hike deep into the heart of the Canyon, explore its hidden secrets and blaze a new trail. For more details, click here.
Kayak and Canoe Expeditions:
Rent a canoe. It’s cheap. What’s more, you can invest in buying one since it is easy to purchase and easy to haul around. You can get used Kayaks starting $400. Just jump into your Canoe or Kayak and paddle down miles of open waters; this is an inexpensive but super adventurous experience. There are several local paddle trails in your area that serve as great locations to test waters.
Cycling Up An Adventure:
One of the best ways to take in passing sights is by riding a bike. No parking costs, no expensive gas bills, just hop on your bike and zoom away or carry it if you must, on not-so-navigable terrains. But one thing’s for sure, a bike will be your constant companion and will take you places you’ve never gone before. Go on a cross country bicycle tour and grab adventure on a shoestring.
Cave in to Spelunking:
Contrary to popular belief, spelunking doesn’t cost much. For instance, Spelunking In Terciopelo Cave, Costa Rica costs approximately $25, inclusive of renting cave equipment, park entrance and guide’s fees. Located within Barra Honda National Park, Terciopelo cave is one of the most intriguing caves in the world and is one of the few that are open to public.
Paddling in the Big Sur: The beach beckons! The Big Sur along the South Californian coast is a visual extravaganza with craggy rocks, mesmerizing topography and wild blue pacific waters. Rent a Kayak for as low as $55/day and paddle along swells with 15-knot winds to propel you forward. So, put your wallet away and get your paddle on!
Tia Jones loves all things Travel & Technology. She’s a blogger who contributes articles on Travel Tips, Technology and Grand Canyon Attractions for National Geographic’s ExploretheCanyon.com. Feel free to follow Tia on Twitter @GrandCanyonNGVC and like Grand Canyon National Geographic Visitor Center on Facebook.