The Budget Round the World
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- Snorkel with colourful marine life on the one and only Great Barrier Reef
- Visit the silky white sands of Whitehaven Beach on a 3-day boat trip to the Whitsundays
- Stay a night in a floating bungalow on the lake in Khao Sok National Park, Thailand
- Take an epic boat trip through the turquoise waters round the Gili Islands
- Spend two days exploring K'gari by 4x4 and camping out under the stars
- Discover unique animals and stunning landscapes in Monteverde’s pristine cloud forest
Who says you have to break the bank to go round the world? This affordable trip takes you to four of the most amazing countries on Earth, with no compromise on experience. Bliss out on beautiful Thai beaches, learn to surf in Bali, party with the sand between your toes on Gili Trawangan, camp out under the stars on K'gari (previously known as Fraser Island), snorkel with thousands of colourful fish on the Great Barrier Reef, spot exotic wildlife in Costa Rica and much, much more. Loads of add-on activities if you want to stretch the budget and a fully customisable itinerary means you can build the perfect trip for you – what’s not to love?
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Explore four of the most amazing countries on Earth on this epic round the world trip. Classic backpacker destinations and some off the beaten track gems combine to make the adventure of a lifetime.
We know that everybody’s perfect trip is different, so if you want to take out or add in any destinations, just let us know! We can work together to build the adventure to suit you and your budget.
Thailand (8 days) – Bali (8 days) – Australia (21 days) – Costa Rica (14 days)
Day 1: Arrive in Bangkok. Hello Thailand! Travel through streets filled with tuk tuks, scooters (and the occasional elephant) to your starting accommodation. Meet your travel buddies for dinner and drinks tonight in backpacker hub Khao San Road. Who’s getting the Singhas in?
Day 2: City tour & temples. Longtail boat is the only way to tour Bangkok. Take in the highlights from the city’s waterways, from sacred temples to floating markets. Tonight, get ready to go large again with your buddies on Khao San!
Day 3: Bangkok & Train to Khao Sok. The morning’s yours – catch up on some shuteye, get a Thai massage, or pick up some awesome souvenirs at a local market. Then hop on an overnight train to Khao Sok. Play some cards, share some beers then let the train rock you to sleep in your bunk.
Day 4: Khao Sok National Park. Are you ready to experience some serious natural beauty? Explore jewel-like lakes, majestic limestone formations and lush rainforest. We’re spending tonight in some floating bungalows on one of the park’s lakes – just wow!
Day 5: Koh Phangan. Next up, take the ferry to paradise. Koh Phangan might have a rep as a party destination but it’s so much more. We’re staying on Bottle Beach – the best on the island (and that’s saying something). Catch some rays, swim in the ocean and watch the sun go down with a beer.
Day 6: Muay Thai & Beach Time. Kick it like a local today as we learn Muay Thai in a local gym! It’s a great workout, so get ready to sweat. After, spend some time relaxing on the beach – you’ve earned it!
Day 7: Snorkelling Trip. Spend the whole day on our amazing boat trip, soaking up the views, jumping off the boat and snorkelling with loads of tropical sea-life. Sail back with the salt in your hair and get ready for a last evening of drinks and laughs on the beach.
Day 8: Goodbye Thailand. Time to head for the airport and get excited about your next destination – beautiful Bali!
Looking to stay longer in Thailand? Talk to a travel advisor about switching in the 14 day Thailand Express option which visits Phi Phi Islands too!
Day 1: Arrive in Canggu. Welcome to Bali! You’ll be spending your first night in bohemian Canggu. Think yoga studios, surf shacks and golden beaches and you’ve got the picture. Meet your new travel mates tonight for dinner and drinks and get excited together about the next few days.
Day 2: Temples & Surf. Start your day with a visit to the swoon worthy Uluwatu Temple. With the Indian Ocean sparkling in the background it’s a heck of a setting. Then get ready to hang ten as we enjoy a surfing lesson with some local pros before freshening up ahead of a night in the beach bars.
Day 3: Uluwatu & Ubud. Head inland to Ubud, with a stop at Tanah Lot (one of the most Insta-famous temples on the island) and Monkey Forest where you’ll want to hang on to your bananas – they really are cheeky! Drop your bags at our Ubud accommodation and head out to explore.
Day 4: Coffee Plantations & Rice Terraces. Visit a coffee plantation to find out how the world’s most expensive coffee is made (hint: it involves a cat-like creature and poop). Then enjoy lunch with a view of an active volcano, before checking out some of Ubud’s famous rice terraces.
Day 5: Ubud School & Waterfalls. Spend the morning in a local school chatting to the kids about their daily lives. Then pack the swimmers – we’re off to beautiful Tegenungan Waterfall for a swim. If you’re in the mood for some adventure today there’s an optional hike as well.
Day 6: Gili Trawangan. Our destination today is paradise on Earth (otherwise known as Gili Trawangan). Take the ferry before exploring tropical beaches and lush jungle on a bicycle tour. Watch the sun go down with a cold beer before tonight’s epic beach party!
Day 7: Gili T Boat Trip. Spend today hopping from one paradise island to another, stopping to snorkel with colourful marine life and swimming in the crystal-clear sea. It’s our last night here, so wash the salt out of your hair and get ready for another night of fun!
Day 8: See you later Bali! Make tracks back to Bali for your onward flight out of Denpasar. Next stop Australia!
Looking to stay longer in Bali? Talk to a travel advisor about switching in the 13 day Bali Beaches option which visits Lombok too!
Day 1: Arrive in Sydney. G’day Australia! Kick off with a walking tour of gorgeous Sydney, taking in the most iconic sights from the Opera House to the Harbour Bridge. Then head up the coast to bohemian Byron Bay.
Days 2 - 3: Byron Bay. We’ve got tons of fun lined up for you in laid back Byron. Kayak through the Marine Park, take a bike ride along the coast, watch the sun come up from Australia’s most eastern point and spend lots of time chilling on the beach with the hippies, surfers and yoga gurus.
Day 4: Surfers Paradise. Surfers is the epitome of the Gold Coast way of life, with gorgeous beaches, great surf and banging nightlife. We’ll take another surf lesson (you’ll be a pro by the time the trip is over) before getting ready for a big night out.
Days 5-6: Brisbane. Next up it’s Brissy, where we’ll meet some of Australia’s most iconic animals at the famous Australia Zoo and make a splash in some of the city’s awesome man-made lagoons.
Day 7: Rainbow Beach. RB is so much more than just the jump-off point for K'gari (previously known as Fraser Island). Spend an afternoon sunning yourself on the sands, and looking out for passing whales, before sampling the area’s nightlife.
Days 8 – 10: K'gari. The next two days are pretty special as we carve through K'gari’s unique sandy landscape in 4x4s, swimming in sparkling lakes and camping out under the stars – totally wild.
Day 11: Town of 1770. It’s a strange name for a town, but a great place to spend the night. Enjoy the sleepy vibe, beautiful ocean views and stunning sandy beaches – you’ve got one night here so make it count.
Day 12-13: Airlie Beach. Next on the menu is Airlie Beach where you’ll have lots of free time. It’s a great place to swim (there’s a lovely palm-lined lagoon), shop for everything you need for the Whitsundays and party in the many backpacker pubs and bars.
Day 14-16: Whitsunday Islands. Our incredible 3-day Whitsunday cruise takes us through turquoise waters, stopping to swim, snorkel and walk on beaches as white as snow. We’ll also drop anchor at Whitehaven Beach, arguably one of the most stunning stretches of coast in the world – wow.
Day 16-17: Airlie Beach. Take some time to come down from your incredible Whitsundays experience with a bit more time in Airlie (you’ll feel like a local by now). Make the most of that amazing nightlife after dark!
Day 18-20: Cairns. Our last stop on our fabulous tour of the East Coast is the tropical city of Cairns. We’ve saved the best for last with a snorkelling trip to none other than the Great Barrier Reef. Cairns is pretty awesome after dark as well, with a vibrant bar scene.
Day 21: Trip end. So long Australia. You’ve been great but Costa Rica is calling! Make your way to the airport at any time.
Looking to stay longer in Australia? Talk to a travel advisor out switching in the 5 or 6 week East Coast Experience instead
Day 1: Arrive in San Jose. Your Costa Rica adventure starts here. Drop your bags at the hotel and either relax after your flight or head out to explore the city. This evening, meet your group and learn all about the amazing plans we’ve got in store.
Days 2 - 4: Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. Head to the coastal town of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. Check out the striking black and white sand beaches before sharing a delicious Caribbean meal with your group. Over the next few days, you’ll have the chance to cycle to the botanical gardens, hike through Gandoca Manzanillo National Wildlife Refuge or just chill on the beach.
Day 5: San Carlos & La Fortuna. Head inland today to San Carlos where we’ll visit the rural community of Coope San Juan for dinner with the locals before heading to our final stop for the day – the adventure city of La Fortuna.
Days 6 – 7: La Fortuna. Adrenaline junkies are in for a treat over the next couple of days. Go white water rafting, mountain biking, horseback riding or head underground to the Venado Caves. If adventure sports aren’t your thing, there’s a bird-watching tour, a wetlands boat tour or a visit to La Fortuna Waterfall – amazing!
Days 8 – 9: Monteverde. Next up it’s Monteverde cloud forest. This unique region is filled with wildlife and beautiful tropical plants. Enjoy lunch on a local coffee farm when you arrive. On day 9, choose from ziplining over the forest canopy, a skywalk, a coffee plantation tour, a visit to a butterfly garden or a trip to learn about local farmers – the choice is yours.
Days 10 - 12: Santa Teresa. Head back to the coast today, to the laidback town of Santa Teresa. Spend your time chilling on the beach, learning to surf and doing beach yoga. There’s a boat trip to Cabo Blanco national park on offer too. In the evenings, it’s all about the party, so get your dancing flip flops on.
Day 13: San José. Take the 8-hour drive back to the capital today. You’ll have time to pick up a few last souvenirs before a final farewell night out with the gang.
Day 14: Depart. All good things come to an end and it’s time to head home. See you next time!
For full day-by-day details, download the Info Pack.
- 7 nights’ accommodation
- Airport transfer on arrival
- Bangkok river cruise and temples
- Thai massage
- Overnight train
- Khao Sok National Park
- Floating bungalows
- Swimming & kayaking
- Bottle Beach bungalows
- Muay Thai lesson
- Boat trip around Koh Phangan
- 7 nights’ accommodation
- Breakfast every day
- Airport transfer on arrival
- Visit to Tanah Lot temple
- Surf lesson
- Visit to Uluwatu temple
- Tegenungan Waterfall visit
- Trip to Monkey Forest
- Trip to local markets
- Local primary school visit
- Coffee plantation trip
- Volcano visit
- Trip to rice terraces
- Gili Islands boat trip
- Bike ride
- Beach party
Sydney to Cairns
- 20 nights’ accommodation
- 6 dinners, 4 lunches & 4 breakfasts
- Airport transfer on arrival
- Walking tour in Sydney
- Sailing experience around the Whitsunday Islands
- Camping experience on K'gari
- Dolphin kayaking
- Walking tour of Brisbane
- 4x4 experience on K'gari
- Sunrise experience at Byron Bay Lighthouse
- Australia Zoo visit
- Great Barrier Reef Snorkelling
- Surf lesson in Surfers Paradise
Costa Rica Discovery
- 13 nights’ accommodation
- 1 breakfast and 1 dinner
- Village experience
- Welcome meeting and orientation
All trip sections
- Group leader
- All on-trip transport including internal flights
- Help with onward travel plans
- 24 hour emergency support
- International flights (between trip sections)
- Return airport transfers
- Optional activities
- Thailand Express: 7 nights’ accommodation on a twin-share basis.
- Bali Beaches: 7 nights’ accommodation in hotels and boutique hostels on a twin share basis (apart from Ubud which is quad-share). All accommodation has air-con and pools.
- Sydney to Cairns: 20 nights’ accommodation. 13 nights in backpacker hostels, 3 nights on an overnight bus, 2 nights sailing round the Whitsundays and 2 nights camping on K'gari.
- Costa Rica Discovery: 13 nights’ accommodation in hotels and hostels. Room sharing varies from twin rooms to multi-shares (4 – 6 people) on a single-sex basis.
Please note: If you’re travelling solo, you will be placed in twin rooms with somebody of the same sex. If you’re travelling with a friend or partner, please let us know so we can place you together. Some hostels in Thailand may require you to pay a security deposit of £15 - £20. This is standard practice and is fully refundable when you leave, as long as there’s no damage to your room.
Included meals for each section of the trip are as follows. You’ll have to buy the rest of your meals, snacks and drinks yourself. This gives you maximum flexibility to enjoy each country’s unique cuisine.
- Thailand Express: No meals included
- Bali Beaches: Breakfast every day
- Sydney to Cairns: 6 dinners, 4 lunches and 4 breakfasts
- Costa Rica Discovery: 1 breakfast and 1 dinner
This leg of the trip kicks off in Bangkok. There are no activities planned for day one so arrive in Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) at a time that suits you and a member of the local team will pick you up. The trip ends in the morning on day 8 on Koh Phangan. You can either take a ferry to the neighbouring island of Koh Samui and fly from there or take a ferry to the mainland and bus back to Bangkok. If flying from Samui we recommend an evening flight on day 8. If flying from Bangkok, then we recommend booking your flights to leave Bangkok the following day.
Arrive in Denpasar International Airport (DPS) – also known as Ngurah Rai International Airport for the first day of this trip section. If you arrive on the trip start date, a transfer from the airport to the starting accommodation is included. The trip ends on day 8 on Gili Trawangan Island and you will need to allow plenty of time to travel back to Denpasar (we recommend you book flights no earlier than 8pm). You’ll need to take a ferry back to Bali followed by a taxi to the airport.
Sydney to Cairns Experience
You’ll need to be at Wake Up Hostel to meet your guide at 1pm on Day 1 of this part of the trip. We’d recommend that you arrive the day before the trip starts date and arrange an extra night of accommodation to make sure you arrive in plenty of time (your travel adviser can help with this). Just let us know when your flights gets in and we’ll meet you from the airport. This leg of the trip ends on day 21 in Cairns. You’ll need to book your own airport transfer and you can leave at any time.
Costa Rica Discovery
This section of the tour begins and ends in San Jose, so you’ll need to arrange flights to Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO). A welcome meeting will be held at around 1pm on the first day of your trip so try to book flights to make sure you arrive in time for this. Airport transfers aren’t included on this leg of the trip. They’re easy to arrange though and we can talk this through with you when you book. The trip ends on day 14 in San Jose and there are no activities planned for that day so you’re free to leave whenever suits you.
You must be at least 18 years old to join this trip. This trip is designed for those aged 18-30-something.
- Thailand: British passport holders can enter Thailand for up to 30 days without a visa. Please make sure you have a valid onward flight ticket.
- Bali: British passport holders can enter Bali without a visa for up to 30 days. You will need at least 6 months remaining on your passport.
- Australia: British tourists need an electronic visitor visa, which can be obtained online as an eVisitor visa direct from the Department of Immigration & Border Protection without cost.
- Costa Rica: British nationals do not need a visa to enter Costa Rica. You may stay as a visitor for up to 90 days under a tourist visa waiver, although the exact period is at the discretion of the immigration officer on arrival.
Please note: Many of these countries require you to have at least 6 months validity remaining on your passport when you travel. Visa and passport restrictions can be subject to change. Always check foreign travel advice before your trip.
How Many People Will Be In My Group?
We like to keep our group tours are small, and you’ll be travelling with between 10 and 20 people, depending on the leg of the trip and how many other travellers have booked the same dates as you.
Will Each Section Of The Trip Follow On Directly From The Last?
Not necessarily. Depending on when you choose to go, there might be a number of days in between trip destinations, which gives you time to do some independent exploration. Speak to your travel adviser for more information.
Can I Book A Private Room?
It’s possible that private room upgrades are available in some destinations (extra cost). Ask your travel adviser for more information.
Due to Covid-19, many of our partners and suppliers across the globe are putting in place new procedures and policies regarding health and safety in response to the outbreak. These new measures will adapt and change as the state of travel evolves, and the policies and procedures will vary depending on each trip. Some changes that you may experience on our trips are:
Updated safety & hygiene procedures
Health and safety measures will be adapted by our partners and suppliers, dependent on local laws and restrictions.
Different transport & accommodation
You may find yourself on transport or in accommodation that would not typically be used, such as hostels that are more secluded, or on more private transport. This may vary by trip, or even by individual departure dates.
Most trips include a meeting on arrival with the guide or local team to discuss the trip, and this is an opportunity for you to ask any questions. You should arrive in time to attend these briefings.
Emergency support 24/7
We have a UK based 24/7 emergency phone line if you have a genuine urgent matter that you need attending.
Knowledgeable & Trained Staff
We can help answer any questions or concerns you may have before you depart. Whilst travelling the guide or local team on our trips are there to help, and to ensure the smooth running of our trips.
Should you require medical assistance whilst travelling, the local team or guide will be able to help you get to a point of care. Medical facilities and standards can vary across the glove, so you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place.
Varying group sizes
To begin with, many trips will run with amended group sizes, so you may find smaller groups than would be typical. This may vary by trip, or even by individual departure dates.
Whilst there may be changes on our trips, it is vital that you make travelling safer for yourself, your travel companions, the local staff and guides, and the people of the country you are visiting. You should follow all local laws and restrictions, and follow the guidance of the local team. In addition, you can help make travel safer by bringing and using your own face coverings/masks and hand sanitiser, social distance where appropriate, wash your hands frequently, and cover your face when coughing or sneezing.