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How to Afford a Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience

Are you the adventurous type? Would you love to fulfill your sense of adventure and thrill quotient with fun things like bungee jumping, scuba diving, or swimming with sharks? If you love doing these things or have a desire to take on such challenges, there’s a way to make it happen while not making your bank think you’ve lost your marbles.

Click through for 7 ways to feed your sense of adventure and still stick to that good ol’ budget…

  • How to Afford a Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience 1 of 8
    How to Afford a Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience

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  • Choose the Off Season 2 of 8
    How to Afford a Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience

    The majority of mainstream adventures have a peak season when lines of people are waiting to try something new and an off-season when nobody is really around. Search for the off-season time to try something you've been waiting to do. Many adventure companies offer significant discounts for off-season experiences. By choosing a cooler fall day for white water rafting instead of a hot summer afternoon, you could seriously save.

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  • Find the Deals 3 of 8
    How to Afford a Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience

    Look high and low for deals and coupons for the adventure. Besides looking online for discounts, you should also check out local guidebooks like those found at the visitors center for coupons and special deals.

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  • Go With the Group 4 of 8
    How to Afford a Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience

    If you have 10-15 adventure loving friends, you may be able to score a special deal for bringing a bunch of people to share the adventure with you. Group discounts can help you save money on the activity and getting to experience something different with your family and friends is priceless.

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  • Opt for Spontaneity 5 of 8
    How to Afford a Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience

    If you have a bit of flexibility, try searching for last minute deals. When a company hasn't sold out of tickets or bookings at a particular time, they may post last minute deals for those that can get away without too much preplanning.  

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  • Borrow Stuff 6 of 8
    How to Afford a Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience

    If you have friends or family that have kayaks, scuba gear, and the other equipment necessary for an adventurous trip, ask to borrow their stuff. It will make your trip cheaper if you don't have to pay rental fees for equipment.

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  • Buy Used 7 of 8
    How to Afford a Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience

    If you plan on making your adventure trips a regular hobby, don't buy new from the expensive outfitter stores. Shop through the classified ads in the paper and online or visit a pawn shop to see what gear can be picked up for a fraction of the cost of buying new.

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  • Stay Local 8 of 8
    How to Afford a Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience

    Consider what adventures await you close to home. You can save a lot of money by avoiding airline ticket costs, dining out, and renting a room. Find adventures within a reasonable drive time of your home. 

    Image source: MikeBehnken

 

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