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4 Affordable Bucket List Vacation Ideas

  • Hiking a volcano and walking on dried lava in Hawaii.  Under $100.00 (per person)

Visit Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to see the real thing in action.volcano You’ll get the chance to drive right up to the caldera- don’t miss the Cater Rim Drive, an 11 mild drive that passes through the various volcano landscapes from tropical rain forest to the desert like crater, itself, with scenic overlooks all along the way. You also have the opportunity to walk inside the Thurston lava Tube a no longer active part of the volcano. It allows you to walk 1/3 mile inside Kilauea where lava once flowed a few 100 years ago.

$15.00 per vehicle enters the park, $8.00 per individual if you enter by foot or bicycle and $10.00 per motorcycle. Free camping and hiking opportunities are also available, as are park ranger walking tours.

About an hours drive outside the park and along highway 130 is the volcanoentrance to Kalapana, a town that was completely covered in lava in 1990. Miraculously no one was hurt and the town got together and hauled their Church to a nearby town to escape the wrath of Hawaiian Volcano Goddess, Pele- you can still visit the Star of the Sea Painted Church today. Park your car where the road ends, (It’s literally blocked by a wall of lava), grab a pair of sturdy shoes, and go for a hike on the dried lava field. The hike can take between 20 minutes to 2 hours, depending on how fast you go. Either way, be careful as dried lava can be very sharp if you fall on it. The trail ends at a beautiful black sand beach, but you can’t swim in it.   Parking and Hiking are free, though.

  • Zorbing in New Zealand

What is Zorbing, you might ask? Well, it’s the art of rolling and zorbbouncing down a hill while inside a giant, hamster wheel like plastic ball contraption. An adrenaline junkie’s dream come true. Zorbing has actually been popular since 1997 and is definitely  one of those “only in New Zealand” type of experiences.

You have two options: Zydo, a sort of water ride version of the Zorb, and Zorbit, the dry version. Zorb Rotorua offers four track options and eight ride variations. Some strap in just one person, while others strap in up to three for a crazy, head-over-heels, trip down the half mile track.

Prices for one Zorb ride (either wet or dry) are $39.00 per person, pay $58.00 for 2 to ride in the same globe, and $78.00 for three people in same globe.



  • Zip lining over alligators in St. Augustine, Fla

At the St. Augustine Alligator Farm’s Crocodile Crossing just crociddleoutside the town of St. Augustine, there’s nothing quite like zip lining and completing an aeriel  obstacle course  over a park full of crocodiles, alligators, and hundreds of other reptiles.

Not to worry, though. Everything is totally safe. You are trained by experts and even get to do a practice zip line before you go out on your great adventure.  You can choose from the 45 minute Sepik River Course which takes you 20 ft up and gives you three zip lines to go through or you can choose the 90 minute longer, higher Nile River Course, and aerial obstacle course 60 ft above the park and takes you through a total of 9 zip lines. Both courses are self led, but there are trainers beneath you to come to the rescue, should you get stuck or require assistance.

The 45 minute course cost $35.00 per person while the 90 minute course cost $65.00 per person. What a great thriller for your bucket list, don’t you think? Also if you purchase Zip Nile tickets, you get free admission to the zoo. If you purchase the Zip Sepil ticket, you get half price off admission.  Admission cost are Adults: $22.95, children (ages 3-11)- $11.95, Guest in wheelchairs (adults)-$11.47, Guest in wheelchairs (children)-$5.97. They also offer discounted rates for AAA, Military and Seniors of 10%.


Driving among the buffalo in Cluster Park

Reaching Cluster Park is actually half the fun. You drive along plenty of twisting roads, gorgeous views and incredible wildlife encounters. It’s one of the few places you can get stuck in traffic due to herds of buffaloes deciding to cross the road.  Always keep your cameras handy.

Once you’re inside the park, opt to spend the night camping in the lodgeSouth Dakota wilderness or visit one of the Cluster Park Resorts. The Game State Lodge, a beautiful historic property that once served as the “Summer White House” for President Coolidge in 1927 and was later visited by President Eisenhower in 1953. The best part is it’s the launching point for the Buffalo Safari Jeep Tours.  This is a spectacular way to get up close and personal with the park’s diverse wildlife.  You also have the option of a chuck wagon cookout.







It cost $4.00 admission to get inside the park, or $15.00 per vehicle for 7 days. Children age 11 and under get in free. Rooms at The Game State Lodge start at $115.00 per night. Adults pay $82.00 each, children age 12 and under pay $62.00 for the Safari Tour plus Chuck Wagon cookout.  Prices for just The Safari Jeep Tour are $43.00 for adults and $36.00 for kids 12 and under. Just The Chuck Wagon cookout cost $47.00 for adults and $37.00 for kids 12 and under.


It’s amazing at the different things you can find to do if you really look for them. Depending on how far away you live and the cost of transportation to get there, I thought these were some amazing things to add to your own “bucket list”

I would love for some of you to share your ideas for my other readers to add to their list if it sounds like something they would enjoy doing.





The Beginning Of Spring Break

Although June is classified as the beginning of Spring Break and more people are traveling because kids are out of school, there are still a few places you can travel to on a budget and have a good time. I’m going to list a few that I have found with reasonable rates and some may even be close enough that you can drive to.

Daytona Beach

Daytona boasts an abundance of cheap hotels, inexpensive Daytona Beachrestaurants and plenty of package deals.

Daytona residents love their cars, so you can expect to see some tricked out automobiles on the road, at the speedway, and even on the beach.

Some Things To Do:
  • Climb to the top of one of the oldest lighthouses in the United States.
  • Enjoy some peace and quite at the Museum of Art and Sciences.
  • Take a drive on the beach in your car (where permited)
  • Visit theme parks like the Daytona 500 Experience and The Dragon Lagoon.
  • Check out Main Street and Seabreeze Boulevard for a collection of Bars and clubs, some of which cater specifically to the bikers that frequent the area.
  • Spend the day at the Beach.
  • Enjoy shopping in town.

Puerto Rico

Determining Puerto Rico’s charm is a no-brainer. Less than a threePuerto Rico hour flight from Miami. this Island is a U.S. territory. So when you’re shopping in San Juan you can pay for your souvenirs with American bills. Puerto Rico has both 20-ft waves for the surfers and calm, clear waters for families. It’s an exhilarating mix of landscapes, from the serpentine jungle of El Yunque to the corkscrew caves of Parque de las Cavernas del Rio Camuy. And if you want to get away from civilization entirely, you can ferry over to the secluded- not to mention- jaw droppingly gorgeous – islands of Vieques and Culebra.

Puerto Rico2Puerto Rico offers year-round affordable packages so travelers can relax along it’s blanched sands. Follow a pulsating beat to the dance clubs in the Santurce neighborhood, catch some live music in a Ponce lounge or grab a casual drink at a San Sebastian bar.

Many Puerto Ricans speak English, but Spanish is the language of daily life. Packing a Spanish phrasebook is handy, and Puerto Ricans welcome your efforts to converse with them in Spanish. Since Puerto Rico is part of the United States, the island’s currency is the U>S> dollar and credit cards are widely accepted. Tipping etiquette is the same here as in other parts of the United States; 15 to 20 percent is considered the standard, but more is appreciated for exceptional service.

With my comparison between motels and homeaway.com, it seems that homeaway.com might offer the better prices. Make sure you check them out while checking out your favorite travel site.

Myrtle Beach

The clean beaches are the main draw to Myrtle Beaches, but there’sMyrtle Beach more to her than miles of brown sand.   One of the best East Coast family vacation destinations, boasts hundreds of Golf courses for golfers at all levels, amusement parks that fling the kiddies around on water rides, roller coasters, and race tracks, and Ripley’s Aquarium, which dares visitors to commune with the sharks.


I found that some of the links below offered some of the best prices on places to stay. If you want to find some of the best prices for the beginning of Spring Break, try clicking on them or use your favorite booking site, either one.


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Low Budget Vacation Ideas

Are you trying to plan a vacation for yourself, your family or maybe a boys weekend or even a girls weekend away? Are you looking for some low-budget ideas that won’t break your bank, but can still afford you a good time? Well look no more, my friend. I have some great ideas for you to look over.

These places offer some of the lowest room rates and some even offer lower rates, by offering camping if that’s what you might be looking for. I will list the places and give you a small summary about each place, but then you just need to click on them and see for yourself what’s offered.

ACE Adventure Resort – Oak Hill, West Virginia lodging ranges from rustic camping to cozy log cabins and lakeside Chalets. Ace Adventure Resort is located in a prime area on the New River Gorge National River, known as the East Coast’s Grand Canyon.

If you are an outdoor enthusiast, I would highly recommend checking this site out. The possibilities are almost endless with white water rafting, zip-line tours, rock-climbing, kayaking, horse-back riding, and back at camp, there is wild water park fun with inflatables on the lake, almost anything for the thrill-seeker to the person who just wants to leave the city behind.

Sea Mist Oceanfront  Resort  – Myrtle Beach, South Carolina – Lodging encompasses almost any type you can imagine, hotel, condos, cottages, bungalows, villas, even rental houses. If you can’t find something you can afford here, I would be greatly surprised. But, their rates are very good and they have some accommodations where you can bring your pet.

They offer so many packages to choose from, but even if you don’t choose a package, you already have free admission to so many exciting events and places already located on the resort.