Travel on a Budget: 9 Great Countries for Outdoor Adventure

Many of us have adventure travel destinations on our bucket list. But with the cost of many adventures exceeding thousands of dollars, it can be very difficult to check off the list.  So we scoured the Internet and came up with nine countries for outdoor adventure travel on a budget.

In addition to the country, we also did our best to include specific destinations special to each country and the costs. Of course you will need a quality tactical backpack, first aid products and other essential supplies that should be included in the trip costs.

We’d love to know your thoughts and experiences on other top adventure trips on a budget.

Here are our suggestions for 9 countries for outdoor adventure travel on a budget.

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Places for Outdoor Adventure Travel On A Budget


Great places to see in Chile are:

  • Torres del Paine National Park

You need to make your way to the city of Puerto Natales and then take route 9 to the Laguna Amarga entrance to the National Park (129 km).

A full-day tour of the park will cost around $155 (prices can change).

  • Isla Magdalena

This is your chance to walk with the penguins at the nature reserve. Take an excursion from Punta Arenas and sail to Natural Monument at Los Pinos with it 120,000 penguins. Also see dolphins, sea lions, and other creatures. Costs around $150.

Note: Chile is not the cheapest country in South America to visit. It is more expensive than Bolivia or Peru but cheaper than in Argentina.


When traveling to Asia, you must make time for Thailand

  • Chiang Mai

One of the best things about Chiang Mai is that once there you can walk nearly everywhere. It is a must for those who love culture with over 300 temples. The old city is virtually a living museum Backpacker accommodation will cost between $6 and $15.

  • Chiang Rai

You can visit here as a day trip from Chiang Mai (3-4 hour bus ride). Probably the top place to visit is the White Temple, which is worth a couple of hours at least before you go on to other attractions. The cost of meals for one day is around $8.

  • Sri Phang Nga National Park

The park is located around 60 km from Khao Lak.. Take the day tour for $85, which includes Full-Day Tour

Jungle Trekking, Canoe in the mangrove river, Waterfall visit.


It is possible to get by in Nepal for $20-$30 a day if you are not buying tours and living a western lifestyle. For example, a “dorm bed” in Kathmandu is around $4.

  • Patan Museum

Obviously the mountains and scenery are the main draws but you should try to see the Patan Museum in Lalitpur (admission about $9). Rated one of the best in Asia.

  • Annapurna Base Camp

For around $50 per day, you can enjoy a moderate trek to the Annapurna base camp located at 4130 meters altitude. For the non-budget conscious traveler, there are also helicopter tours to the base camp. Perfect for a family trip.


Very popular with trekkers, Kyrgyzstan is not an expensive destination and a basic lunchtime menu with a drink in the business area of the capital will cost around $5. Great places to visit are:

  • Issyk-Kul

Issyk Kul is the second-largest Saline lake in the world. Perhaps one of the most unusual activities is to learn how to build a Yurt.

  • Lake Song Kol

Lake Song Kol is located in the Tien Shan mountains of Kyrgyzstan. It is a great place for hiking and there is one particular route which is recommended.

Hike Southwest of Song Kol

Take the bus from Kazarman to Naryn and stop at Kurtka and ask in the village to guide Illitch. It is an 18-mile Hike and should take about 7 1/2 hours.

  • Lenin Peak

This peak is a very well known climbing location. Lenin Peak is around 7,134 meters. You will need a seasoned guide to tackle this climb. You will need to budget entrance fees, permits, and guide fees.

Costa Rica

  • Tortuguero National Park

The best way to see this National Park is by boat (rent a Kayak or canoe). Do not miss the turtle nesting beaches; the best time to visit is July to October. No backpacker hostels, accommodation will cost around $10 for a bed in a four-bedroom. The park entrance is around $15.

  • Monteverde

Lots to do here. Try the “Canopy Zip Line Tours” at Selvatura Adventure Park. It is also worth taking a coffee tour if you can. The best free activity is a Hike up Cerro Amigo.

Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic is the most popular destination in the Caribbean. It offers both mountain scenery and beaches.

  • Bahía de Las Aguilas

Bahía de Las Aguilas is what you would imagine a tropical beach looks like. It’s the very remote and the best way to get there is by boat from Playa Las Cuevas. It is not the cheapest destination and a budget traveler should allow $47 a day, not including accommodation.

  • Silver Bank

Imagine being able to see 40-50 foot long, 35-40 ton humpback whales. One of the few places in the world you can have this experience is at the Sanctuary for the Marine Mammals of the Dominican Republic. From January to the end of March, thousands of Atlantic humpback whales migrate to the Silver Bank, located between the DR and Turks and Caicos.


  • Kedarnath

Kedarnath is a holy Hindu town located in the district of Rudraprayag, at a height of around 3584 meters above sea level. Apart from the important temple located there, which is a 16 km hike from Gaurikund, the closest town. There are very little accommodations, so make sure you take a tent. Best time to visit in April through to the beginning of November.

  • Badrinath

There are regular buses to Badrinath from Delhi. Once there you can visit the Vasudhara falls, Take the bus to Mana and then from there is a 4 km trek to the falls. Note alcohol is not permitted in Badrinath. If you have some mountaineering experience, and high altitude experience, you may want to try out the Kalindikhal Pass Trek.

  • Dharamsala

Known as the home of the Dalai Lama, although actually he is located 3 km further up the hill in McLeod Ganj. That is the usual destination for tourists. The best way to get there is by bus from Pathankot. There are a number of short treks to local destinations, Before attempting any treks spend a couple of days acclimatizing. The average hotel price is going to be $44.


If in Indonesia you will probably visit Bali. A place to escape the commercialization of Bali is Nusa Penida.

  • Nusa Penida

It features an amazing coastline with huge cliffs and beautiful clear sea. Snorkel at Crystal Bay and see Manta Ray at Manta Point.

  • Yogyakarta

This is the ideal place for those who like to walk around ancient temples and ruined cities. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is located one hour east of Jakarta by air.

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Experience nomadic culture is this rugged environment Mongolia. Every July there is an amazing festival, which you should catch if you can,

  • Naadam

The Khatgal traditional sports festival takes place every July and the event is a lot of fun with large amounts of alcohol and the spectacle of traditional nomadic sports.

  • Golden Eagle Festival

The Golden Eagle Festival in lgii is the world’s biggest gathering of Eagle hunters. The event also features traditional Kazakh games like Kokpar (a kind of tug of war). It takes place over the 5th and 6th of October every year.

In Conclusion

We hope you’ll add some of these destinations to your adventure life travel. And remember, it’s important to properly prepare and pack for a travel adventure and make sure you always have the essential supplies.

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