travel tips

Expensive experiences, cheaper alternatives

1. Orient Express vs InterRail pass, Europe

Worth the saving? Undoubtedly. But if you win the lottery

2. Harbour Bridge Climb vs Pylon Lookout, SydneyAustralia


Worth the saving? Only want a panorama? Pick the pylon (A$11); the Bridge Climb (A$198-298) provides an adrenalin-boosting (but wallet-wilting) outlook

3. Galápagos Islands vs Isla de la PlataEcuador

Worth the saving? A Plata day-trip (around US$35) is fine, but is no match. An eight-night Galápagos cruise costs from US$1500 plus flights – but find the cash if you can.

4. Mt KilimanjaroTanzania, vs Mt KenyaKenya

Worth the saving? Yes: Kenya’s a satisfying ascent – it just lacks the bragging rights

5. Nile cruiser vs felucca, Egypt

Worth the saving? Yes, if you’re not precious about loos

6. Gorilla tracking vs chimp trekking, Uganda

Worth the saving? Few are disappointed by gorilla trekking, but do consider alternatives: there’s much more to Uganda

7. Sabi Sand Game Reserve vs Kruger National ParkSouth Africa

Worth the saving? Yes. Game viewing in Kruger is great – but remember that a good guide can transform a safari

8. Glacier walk vs heli-hike, Fox & Franz Joseph, New Zealand

Worth the saving? No, splurge – for the chopper ride and more extraordinary ice.

9. Sambadrome vs blocos, Rio CarnivalBrazil

Worth the saving? Ideally, do both. Book early for best-value Sambadrome seats

10. Yacht cruise vs Bateau Bus, Monaco

Worth the saving? Yes, for the views back to the world you can’t afford

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Found on: Lonely Planet