7 Unique and affordable safaris from around the world

Originally the term safari was coined as a word to represent an overland journey. This was often referred to as a trip within Africa. Today however, the term safari has grown to represent any trip, whether overland or not, that involves the observation of wildlife in its natural environment. Safaris have also grown to vary in duration and price. Many of the original tours were only available to wealthy ‘explorers’ who wanted to scope out an area for future existence or hunting. Nowadays, prices accommodate all budget levels, allowing for easier access to the destination of your choice, as well as allowing you to travel and visit with your family or large group.

There are many different types of safaris to choose from, some take you into waters full of marine wildlife, while others take travelers along rustic hikes through sand and mountains. Of course there are still many classic safaris available that lead straight into the heart of Africa. With any safari that you take, remember to keep your eyes open and camera ready.

This article was originally published in 2014 and has been updated to reflect 2020 prices.

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6 Australia and New Zealand cities by price: Backpacker Index for 2020

Queenstown ViewUpdated and re-ranked for 2020, the Australia and New Zealand Backpacker Index includes 6 cities that are generally the most popular for foreign visitors. The currencies of both countries weakened even more in 2018 against the US Dollar, and now they could be considered bargains compared to most famous European tourist cities.

Fortunately, both countries have a robust infrastructure for budget travelers, with more hostels (called ‘backpackers' usually) than almost anywhere else in the world. Self-catering will cut costs in both countries since even fast-food restaurants tend to be quite expensive. Camping or going with a group in a campervan is another good way of seeing a lot while spending less money. Click to read more

28 Cheapest Overwater Bungalow Resorts in the World in 2020

Show a person a photo of an overwater bungalow or water villa and suddenly they have a new goal in life. Unfortunately, most of the 200+ resorts that feature overwater rooms are quite expensive, usually well over US$600 per night, even in the off season.

Well, there is a bit of good news then as it turns out that not all of them are priced only for the super-rich. Thanks to the overwater bungalows and water villas guide, which lists every overwater resort in the world, we know that there are some affordable options out there.

Note: This article was last updated in December, 2019.

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Is the Sydney Pass 2020 worth it? Sydney Pass review

Noted as one of the more popular city destinations in Australia, Sydney attracts not only visitors from around the country, but from around the world as well. Here you'll find lots to do both day and night, meaning that you'll never run out of fun experiences to enjoy during your visit. If you're visiting for a long weekend or a week, you'll want to strongly consider purchasing one of the Sydney Passes available. This is because the Sydney Pass grants you access to top area attractions at a fraction of the general admission cost.

For more information about whether this particular city pass is a good deal or not, continue reading our review below. Click to read more

56¢ dorm beds on a tropical island: A gimmick but I still want to go

Fiji Beachcomber islandRecently I was contacted by a resort that claimed to be the new champion for world's cheapest hostel bed, which I'd previously determined was in Siem Reap, Cambodia at US$1 per night. The Beachcomber Island Resort in Fiji has reduced its 114 dorm beds to FJD$1 per night, which is only US$0.56. Sounds like an amazing deal, but when you learn that the dorm is on a private resort island in the tropics, it's clear there is more to the story.

Unsurprisingly, the bottom line is that the dorm bed price was reduced for reasons relating to sales tax (benefiting guests), and each dorm bed comes bundled with three buffet meals per day at an additional cost of FJD$80. So for FJD$81 per day (US$45), you get a comfortable bed and 3 buffet meals per day on a private tropical island, with many activities also included in the price. That's quite a deal, if you ask me. Click to read more

The free-walking-tour business is exploding in popularity

Paris Free Walking TourIn 2004 Sandemans New Europe Tours launched its new “free walking tour” concept in Berlin, and they've been so successful that they've continued to expand ever since, now on the verge of adding their 13th and 14th cities across Europe and Israel. When something works there will be others ready to copy the concept in their own market, and by late 2011 it turns out that similar free walking tours are available in about 50 cities around the world.

On a long research trip to Europe in 2008 I had the pleasure of going on 5 different New Europe walking tours, in Berlin, London, Amsterdam, Edinburgh, and Paris, and I can honestly say they were all excellent so this seems like an exciting new trend that is good news for everybody but the high-price walking tour outfits that are probably struggling a bit. Click to read more

List of free walking tours around the world

London Free Walking TourThe trend of ‘free' walking tours appears to have started in Berlin in 2004 and has now spread to over 40 cities around the world, including nearly every major tourist destination in Europe. Fad or not, free walking tours seem to be here to stay, so we thought it would be helpful to collect a list of them all in one place.

The fine people at Free Sofia Tour compiled this original list and with their permission I'm including it here as well so value-oriented travelers have more chances of finding these tours and even planning their trips around them.

As of 2018 there is a company called Guru Walk that offers free walking tours in cities around the world using their online platform. I don't know how it's all working but it seems like something worth checking out, especially if you aren't finding a tour in a city you are visiting.

The tour guides work on tips and participants are free to tip as much or little as they think is appropriate, so they are a great first activity and orientation in a city on literally any budget. Click to read more

The world’s 14 best-value destinations

Let's face it, there are plenty of cheap destinations in the world, and some of them deserve to be cheap. But there are also gems out there which are lovely and interesting as well as very easy on the budget. These ‘best-value' places are ones where you have an excellent time and you're continually shocked at how cheap things are there too.

Not long ago we published lists of our picks for the best-value cities in Europe, and the best-value cities in Asia. For both of those we ranked destinations for people traveling just to a specific region, but it's time to open it up and collect our best-value recommendations from the entire world. Click to read more