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Why join a Budget Expeditions?

  • Explore new places by day and dance the night away
  • Travel with people of a similar age to you
  • Choose your own activities and create a trip that suits you and your budget
  • Passionate tour leaders and local specialist guides

Tour Suitability

Our Budget Expeditions are specifically designed for 18-35 year old, fun like-minded individuals looking for the trip of a lifetime without breaking the bank. Part of the joy of travelling is meeting and getting to know new people and for many, it is equally important to travel with people where connections and common-ground is easy to find. This is why we limit the age of travellers on our Budget Expeditions to those within the 18-35 age range, to ensure that all passengers get what they are looking for our of their tour.

Local Payment

The group tour price of all of our Budget Expeditions is divided into a set amount paid before departure and a compulsory local payment which is made to your tour leader in US$ cash at the group meeting on the first day of your tour. The local payment amount is found on the tour price page and will be printed on your invoice and tour voucher. Our brochures are updated in September/October each year and the local payment you will pay will be that published at the time of your departure. For more information on what the local payment includes, click here.

Luggage

Budget Expeditions involve many walks between bus or train terminals and hotels, so travellers must be able to carry their own luggage over various terrains, as well as lift luggage on to the tops of buses. We therefore recommend backpacks over suitcases, as you may be off the beaten track every now and again. It is important that you only pack what you can comfortably carry. By packing less you will have a more enjoyable tour and have more room in your luggage for souvenirs! On tours that include flights, Tucan Travel will cover the cost of your checked baggage up to 20kg, even in cases where the airline policy is lower. All baggage over 20kg may still be checked, but charges will be the responsibility of the traveller.

 

  • South America


  • Accommodation

    Whether you are camping out on the desert dunes in Huacachina, inside Torres del Paine National Park or on the Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu, every night can be a party as you get to know your fellow tour mates around the campfire over dinner and drinks. The overland trucks come packed with all the necessary equipment to ensure the nights that are spent camping are fun and comfortable. While you will need to bring your own sleeping bag and mat, we provide spacious two-person tents which you will learn to put up, with the help of your tour leader and driver. Campsites vary from established sites with excellent facilities like hot showers, swimming pools and bars to the occasional free-camp in the wild. As the vehicles are stocked with everything you might need for your group tour, you can be totally self-sufficient while off the beaten track.

    You will also stay in comfortable hotels and hostels, sharing rooms or dorms with your tour mates. The accommodation we choose is normally situated close to the main sights and near to the nightlife. On optional excursions and on the Amazon River boat, you may have the chance to spend the night in a hammock.

    Transport

    The majority of travelling time in South America is spent on our modern, comfortable, custom built overland vehicles. On some optional excursions you will use locally hired vehicles or public transport. Our overland vehicles have been engineered to deal with challenging terrain so they can take mountains, deserts and even rivers in their stride. Our overland vehicles vary according to destination, year and model and in South America, they are called will be on Moose, Jack, Frank, Rosita, Magaly or Peggy. Find out more about our overland vehicles here.

    Driving Times: Hold on to your horses as driving times in South America can vary from a couple of hours to a full day on the road. This time spent travelling is unavoidable but you will not be disappointed once you arrive.

    Meals

    Whether your adventurous streak extends to your eating habits or you would rather stick to what you know, there will be plenty of variety in South America. Most meals are included whilst camping and you will have the opportunity to show off your skills in the kitchen. It is all hands on deck around the campsite and everyone gets involved in the cooking and cleaning. There is always a huge variety of fresh food, ensuring that you won’t go hungry and there may be the occasional special meal; a traditional Argentinian barbecue or leisurely breakfast feast. On travel days, lunch is often prepared at the side of the road and your Tucan Travel driver will try to stop in the best places for facilities or views of the landscape.

    In towns and cities where meals aren’t included, you will be able to get out and sample the local cuisine. From fresh ceviche, Brazilian steak or empanadas, you can try different delicacies or if you prefer, suss out some home comforts.

    Excursions

    Whether cruising through the Amazon from Ecuador, Peru or Brazil or hiking to Machu Picchu on the Inca Trail Trek, there is a plethora of optional excursions available in South America. Most can be booked while you are on tour. This gives you the flexibility to pick and choose what you want to do and the sights you want to see.

    Some optional excursions need to be organised in advance and we will list these on each tour to ensure that you don’t miss out on any must-see sights. For some of these excursions, we can only book them once we have received your passport details. This includes travelling to Machu Picchu and the Amazon Jungle from Peru. For the full list of excursions available on each tour and their prices, see your tour dossier.

    Group Size

    The average group size is between 15 and 24 travellers, although the vehicles comfortably seat up to 34 people on popular departure dates.

    Staff

    Your group tour will be led by a Tucan Travel tour leader and a Tucan Travel driver with mechanical knowledge to keep the truck in tip-top shape. On optional excursions you may be assisted by Tucan Travel representatives and local guides.

    What's not included?

    International flights, optional excursions, visas, contingency route expenses, excursion supplements, passports, vaccinations, airport and border taxes, tips and non-included meals.

  • Asia


  • Accommodation

    On your journey through Asia, the place you rest your head at the end of the day will generally be the equivalent in comfort of a two or three star hotel. We mostly stay in small hotels, hostels and guesthouses which are chosen for the experiences they offer as well as comfort, security and their proximity to main sights. Where possible, we want our travellers to be in the middle of the action – close to the main highlights of the area and town centres so that you can make the most of your evenings. All accommodation is on a shared basis and if you are flying solo, you will share with travellers of the same gender as yourself.

    For the most exciting travel experiences, we like to get off-the-beaten-track on our tours, taking us to some remote locations where you may find some services will be sporadic. Sometimes facilities such as hot water or air conditioning may not always be available. Bathrooms may also be shared, although this is rare. In Asia we occasionally make use of overnight buses and trains in order to increase our time spent in the destinations.

    Transport

    See the world in an authentic way and travel the way local people do. In Asia our Budget Expeditions use a variety of public and private transport depending on the country or region we are travelling in. Vehicles can range from buses filled with locals and their many possessions to private minibuses, comfortable coaches, regional flights, overnight trains, buses speedboats and tuk-tuks. At times, we might even walk from the local bus terminal.

    Travel Times: Pack that pillow as travel days vary in length from a couple of hours to a full day's travel on various forms of transport. We make sure to add short travel days and non travel days in between the long journeys.

    Meals

    From snakes and scorpions to buffalo steak and the hottest vindaloos, Asia is full of culinary surprises that will challenge your palate and tickle your taste buds. Where possible, breakfasts are included on your tour, but lunches and dinners are generally not included, meaning you have the option to experience the best local cuisine on offer or stick to home comforts – depending on your taste and budget. Your tour leader will advise you on where is best to eat and will introduce you to some of the regions many specialities at your request.

    If you have any dietary requirements, please let your tour leader know at the beginning of your trip and they will do their best to accommodate you. For a full list of all included meals on your tour please check out your tour dossier.

    Excursions

    From the Taj Mahal to Angkor Wat, there are some sights in Asia that are not to be missed no matter how big the party was the night before. Most sights and activities are booked while you are on tour which gives you the flexibility to manage your budget and choose the excursions you want to do.

    There are some sights that cannot be visited during the tour due to time restraints or the sights being a little out of our way. Instead, we recommend adding them on at the end to make sure you squeeze every last drop out of the region you are in. We will list these on each tour to ensure that you don’t miss out on any must-see sights and plan enough time in to your trip before your return home. For the full list of excursions available on each tour and their prices, see your tour dossier.

    Group Size

    The average group size is between 8-12 travellers on each tour although the maximum is 18 on popular departure dates.

    Staff

    Each group is led by a Tucan Travel tour leader, who is passionate about showing you the best parts of their region. On optional excursions, you may be assisted by Tucan Travel representatives and local guides.

    What's not included?

    International flights, optional excursions, visas, contingency route expenses, excursion supplements, passports, vaccinations, airport and border taxes, tips and non-included meals.

  • Africa


    Accommodation

    Pitch your tent inside some of Africa’s most famous national parks, chill out around the campfire on your own remote island in the Okavango Delta or enjoy a party at the campsite bar at Jinja. Your overland truck will be packed with all of the necessary equipment to make your tour comfortable and fun. While you will need to bring your own sleeping bag and mat, we provide spacious two-person tents which you will learn to put up, with the help of your tour leader and driver. Facilities vary between campsites with amazing facilities like bars, restaurants and swimming pools to free-camps in the wild with nothing but the local wildlife to keep you company. In some places, it may be possible to upgrade to dorms or hotel rooms depending on availability. As the vehicles are stocked with kitchen equipment, tables, chairs and a cooking tent as well as a 500 litre water tank, you can be totally self-sufficient while off the beaten track.

    In Cape Town, Swakopmund and Zanzibar Island you will stay in comfortable hostels sharing with tour mates. The accommodation we choose is ideally situated close to the main sights.

    Transport

    The majority of travelling time in Africa is spent on our modern, comfortable, custom built overland vehicles. On some optional excursions you will use locally hired vehicles or public transport. Our overland vehicles have been engineered to deal with challenging terrain so they can take mountains, deserts and even rivers in their stride. Our overland vehicles vary according to destination, year and model and in Africa, they are called will be on Ben, Tom, Peeky, Sail, Nik or Sue. Find out more about our overland vehicles here.

    Driving Times: Hold on to your horses as driving times in Africa can vary from a couple of hours to a full day on the road. This time spent travelling is unavoidable but you will not be disappointed once you arrive.

    Meals

    Most meals are included on our group tours through Africa. Your tour leader will oversee the cooking for the group each night, and it is all hands on deck as you all get involved with the washing, cooking and cleaning at the campsite. There will be the opportunity to stop at local markets and shops to sample the local cuisine and buy snacks. On travel days, lunch is often prepared at the side of the road and your Tucan Travel driver will try to stop in appropriate places.

    When meals aren’t included, you will be able to get out and sample different delicacies or, if you prefer, suss out some home comforts. Your tour leader will be able to recommend dining options to suit your taste and budget.

    Excursions

    From exhilarating wildlife safaris in the Serengeti NP to trekking to see the mountain gorillas in Uganda, the optional excursions in Africa should be factored into your budget particularly as there is such a huge selection to choose from. The majority can be booked once you are already on tour. This gives you the flexibility to pick and choose what you want to see and do based on your budget and interests.

    Some optional excursions will need to be organised in advance to ensure you don’t miss out on any must-see experiences.For a full list of excursions available on each tour and their prices, see your tour dossier.

    Group Size

    The average group size is between 15 and 24 although the vehicles comfortably seat up to 34 on popular departure dates.

    Staff

    Your group tour will be led by a Tucan Travel tour leader and a Tucan Travel driver with mechanical knowledge to keep the truck in tip-top shape. On optional excursions you may be assisted by Tucan Travel representatives and local guides.

    What's not included?

    International flights, optional excursions, visas, contingency route expenses, excursion supplements, passports, vaccinations, airport and border taxes, tips and non-included meals.

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