I’m a huge advocate of travel, of investing in experiences rather than things.
But although people usually nod along enthusiastically as I encourage them to explore more of the world, most think of it as nothing but an expensive dream. “I’d love to travel more, you see, but I just don’t have the money.”
I completely understand where they’re coming from. Travelling the world is not the cheapest hobby – and it’s not a necessity in the same way food or clothing are (or chocolate chip cookies, because who can really survive without those?).
But the truth is that travel can be very affordable if you do your research first. Today, I’m going to tell you about the best travel experiences I’ve ever had under £139. Now, you must be wondering why I went with such an odd number – £139, what’s that about?
I’ve partnered with Expedia to let you know about their package holiday deals. By opting for one of Expedia’s package holidays over booking all components separately you will, on average, save yourself £139.
The following three travel experiences will highlight just how much money that is in the travel world. These prices are based on travelling from the UK, but I promise I’ll be writing more about how to save on holidays from anywhere in the world!
Berber Experience near Marrakech
Picture this – sunshine kissing your cheek, donkeys grazing silently, tall cacti bent under the weight of their orange-fleshed fruit. What if I told you that you could experience all this for less than £139?
Flights from London to Marrakech often cost just around £50, which makes it the perfect budget getaway. But what I’m suggesting is even more fun than watching street vendors and snake charmers in Marrakech’s Djemaa el-Fna square (which is pretty damn fun).
Two years ago I visited the Berber Cultural Centre – a little community at the foot of the Atlas Mountains – and it’s still one of the best travel experiences I’ve ever had. Just watch this video…
For 200-250 MAD per night (£14-17.50) including all food, transport and activities you can experience the way the Berber people live – no gimmicks, just a real family with a passion for sharing their culture.
That’s right, you can take a hike in the Atlas mountains, fetch water from the well, hang out with the local donkeys or even have a traditional hammam scrub in the village for less than £139. The world is a wonderful place.
Outdoors Adventure in Iceland
Iceland is incredible! From the crystal clear fairy ponds to geysers that shoot so high that they almost touch the sky, the country has one of the most magic-filled natural landscapes I’ve ever seen.
Iceland isn’t a cheap country to travel around, but with some planning it’s possible to have an extremely affordable weekend break there (you won’t get more than that for £139 though).
Whether you dream of submerging yourself in the healing waters of the Blue Lagoon or sampling Iceland’s best cuisine, don’t be discouraged. There are many great deals out there, especially if you travel during the off-season – not between 1 May and 15 September.
Finding a cheap flight to Iceland should be easy – the destination keeps getting more and more popular and many low-cost airlines now fly there. I booked a return flight from Bristol and it cost me about £80. As for budget accommodation, I highly recommend Bus Hostel in Reykjavik with prices starting at £20 per night.
Fairytale towns in Germany
Germany is just a short flight or train ride away from the UK. It’s also a beautiful country full of fairytale towns, vineyards and amazing food. That’s right – there is a lot more to the country than the hipster neighborhoods of East Berlin or the beer gardens of Munich.
If you’d like to explore more of its countryside, I highly recommend following the Huguenot and Waldensian trail. The path runs for 1,600 kilometers from the south of France and the Piedmont valleys in present-day Italy up through Switzerland to Germany.
I’d recommend starting your trip in Oberderdingen, which is just a short drive from Stuttgart airport. If you plan ahead and are flexible, you can find return flights from the UK to Stuttgart for as little as £50.
To help you experience your next adventure each week for 5 weeks, Expedia will be giving away a prize of £500 to put towards a new travel experience! You can simply enter by using the hashtag #My139 and telling me the best travel experiences you’d have for £139.
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