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6 Affordable Dream Vacations Under $1,000 to Take in 2021

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Don’t let your budget bring down your bucket list. These six incredible dream trips are all extremely affordable—all of the tours featured here are under $1,000. Save these for when you’re ready to travel again or book them for later this year—these tours have flexible cancellation policies in case you need to reschedule. 

Ireland rope bridge
Exodus Travels

Exodus Travels: Walking the Antrim Coast, Ireland

Ireland rope bridge
Exodus Travels

Ramble past castles, windswept beaches, and rugged cliffs as you explore one of the most beautiful sections of Ireland’s northern coast—the Antrim Way. On Exodus Travels’ self-guided Walking the Antrim Coast tour, you’ll be able to walk at your own pace (and not have to haul a giant backpack) as your luggage is sent on ahead to each new hotel. In between scenic walks, you’ll have the chance to sip classic Irish whiskey at the Bushmills distillery, stand in awe at the Giant’s Causeway, and cross the famous Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge. Trip prices start at $949. 

G Adventures: Rajasthan: Laneways & Local Villages, India

15 days in India for just $620? It’s possible on G Adventures’ Rajasthan: Laneways & Local Villages Tour. This trip starts and end in Delhi, and takes you on a whirlwind loop through the desert town of Mandawa, the “blue city” Jodhpur, the gorgeous lakes of Udaipur, the holy city of Pushkar, the historic village of Tordi Garh, and the “pink city” Jaipur.

REI Adventure Whistler Backpacking, USA

The vibrantly colored lakes of Whistler don’t even look real in photos. Verify their beauty yourself in-person on REI’s Adventure Whistler Backpacking tour. Starting at just $899 for a four-day backpacking adventure, the trip begins in Whistler Village, where a gondola will whisk you to the top of Whistler Mountain for an epic hike. Along the way, you’ll camp in the backcountry, swim in lakes, and hike through alpine forests, for an unforgettable trip.

Adventure Cycling Association Olympic Discovery Trail, USA

The Olympic Discovery Trail is a 230-mile network of bike paths and shared roads, and you can traverse it all on two-wheels on the Adventure Cycling Association’s Olympic Discovery Trail tour. This van-supported journey begins and ends in Port Townsend, and costs just $799 for four-days. 

Chimu Adventures: Highlights of Guatemala, Guatemala

Spend seven days exploring Guatemala’s highlights, while only spending $860, on Chimu Adventures’ Highlights of Guatemala tour. The trip begins in the UNESCO World Heritage city of Antigua, where you’ll visit local markets and tour historic sites. The rest of the journey takes you through picturesque Lake Atitlan and the ancient wonders of Tikal National Park.

Intrepid Travel: Essential Morocco, Morocco

Experience the highlights of Morocco on Intrepid Travel’s Essential Morocco tour. This 11-day trip gives a great overview of the country, starting in Marrakech and ending in Casablanca. You’ll get the perfect mix of cities and nature on this trip, with stops in Fez, the Todra Gorge, and Ait Benhaddou.

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