11 Bucket List Adventures You Can Actually Afford

Think dream trips to Machu Picchu and the Great Wall of China are financially out of your reach? Think again. We've got the inside scoop on these and other super-affordable bucket list items—like hot air ballooning in Albuquerque and taking a jeep safari ride through the buffalo herds in Custer State Park—that are great for every budget.

WORTH THE SPLURGE (less than $400 per person per day)

Visiting Cuba—legally

It's interesting to think that I wouldn't have been able to even write this last part a few years ago, but now travel to Cuba has become more accessible to Americans, and though it is at least right now a bit on the pricy side to visit this mysterious island, there are budget-friendly (and legal!) options out there that are definitely worth the splurge. While travel to Cuba is still greatly limited to American citizens—you must be part of a religious organization, educational group, or people-to-people guided tour for the most part—Friendly Planet Travel offers several packages that include chartered flights from Miami, all transfers and transportation within the country, accommodations, extensive cultural people-to-people experiences with the locals, guided tours, and best of all, all the visas and paperwork necessary to visit Cuba. Friendly Planet Travel's Colors of Cuba tour takes you through Havana, Cienfuegos, Trinidad, Cojimar, and Santa Clara—a nine-day trip for from $3,099 per person, breaking down to about $344 per person per day. Friendly Planet Travel offers several other tours to Cuba. These two are within our budget guidedlines for the purposes of this story: Discover Havana, a six-day trip including airfare for from $2,299 per person, or $383 per person per day, and Highlights of Havana & Vanadero, a seven-day trip including airfare for from $2,499 per person, or $357 per person per day for a trip that was once nearly impossible for American citizens to make.


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