Fairy chimneys near Cavusin Town in Cappadocia (Shutterstock)
List Words : Team Wanderlust | 07 October 2019

The best trips to take post-Brexit (to make the most of the pound)

Uncertainty has seen the pound take a hit in some traditional destinations. But in others, GBP has actually gotten stronger, meaning more adventure for your travel budget...

1. Go wild in Argentina

Iguazu Falls seen from the Argentinian National Park (Shutterstock)

Iguazu Falls seen from the Argentinian National Park (Shutterstock)

Tango the night away in Buenos Aires, tuck into an enormous steak and encounter rare wildlife in Argentina’s little-visited north-east, on this South American adventure with Wildlife Worldwide.

After a whistle-stop tour of Argentina's capital, Buenos Aires, you’ll travel to the beautiful open spaces of the vast Iberá wetland to explore the wetlands and savannah by boat and on foot (or on horseback, should you wish).

You’ll visit the thundering waters of Iguazu Falls before continuing to the dense, pristine rainforest of Yacutinga, where guided nature walks and boat trips will show you some of the area's resident wildlife which includes the rarely seen jaguar and ocelot.

Trip: Argentina’s Wild North

Who: Wildlife Worldwide

Type: Tailor-made

When: Mar to Apr & Sep to Dec

How long: 12 days

How much: From £3,045 (exc. flights)

2. Trek the High Caucasus in Georgia

The trek from Omalo to Shatili through the Atsunta Pass (Shutterstock)

The trek from Omalo to Shatili through the Atsunta Pass (Shutterstock)

Venture deep into the heart of Georgia on this classic trek through the mountains and villages of the remote Caucasus Mountains, with KE Adventure Travels.

From the capital Tbilisi, you’ll head north to Mount Kazbek, the starting point for a trek that will see you walk across the Abudelauri, Tsubrovana and Borbalo passes and deep into the remote Khevsureti range. Crossing open ridges, with far-reaching views, you’ll descend through flower-filled mountain pastures into steep-sided and forested valleys, to the fortified medieval villages Mutso and Shatili.

This is Georgia's most traditional region, so expect animist shrines, friendly villages, hidden churches and impressive stone-built defensive towers. You’ll quickly see why Georgia is one of the most exciting trekking destinations in Europe.

Trip: Trekking In Georgia & The High Caucasus

Who: KE Adventure Travels

Type: Small group

When: Jul & Aug

How long: Nine days

How much: £1,175 (exc. flights)

3. Walk amongst the wildlife in South Luangwa

Walking with elephants in South Luangwa (Exodus)

Walking with elephants in South Luangwa (Exodus)

Stay in exclusive luxury bush camps and encounter Africa’s wild life at eye level, on this extraordinary walking safari in Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park with Exodus.

South Luangwa boasts over 9,000 sq km of untouched wilderness, oxbow lagoons and riverine vegetation. Led by expert guides, you’ll enjoy a variety of walking safaris, encountering elephants, buffalos, hippos, zebras and giraffes, as well as lion and hyena.

If you’re lucky, you may even spot the park’s most famous resident: the leopard. And because your money goes further in Zambia, you’ll spend each evening relaxing in some of the most luxurious bush camps in Africa.

Trip: South Luangwa Walking Safari

Who: Exodus

Type: Small group

When: Oct

How long: 10 days

How much: From £4,669 (exc. flights)

4. Enjoy the best of Turkey

Fairy chimneys near Çavuşin Town in Cappadocia (Shutterstock)

Fairy chimneys near Çavuşin Town in Cappadocia (Shutterstock)

From glittery azure seas to ancient ruins and the otherworldly landscape of Cappadocia, Turkey is the affordable destination that offers it all. You’ll get to enjoy all the best bits of this nine-day Turkish adventure with Peregrine.

It’s an action-packed journey that will see you travel from bustling Istanbul to the clear coastal waters and ancient cities of the Bodrum Peninsula and then on to the lunar landscapes of Cappadocia.

Along the way, you’ll explore ancient Roman cities with knowledgeable guides, catch the night train from Izmir to Konya, relax aboard a traditional gulet, swim in ridiculously blue seas, try your hand at making Manti (Turkish ravioli), and learn how to play backgammon like a local.

Trip: Classic Turkey

Who: Peregrine

Type: Small group

When: Apr to Jun & Aug to Nov

How long: Nine days

How much: From £975 (exc. flights)

5. Welcome to budget-friendly Iceland

Seljalandsfoss waterfall as the sun sets (Shutterstock)

Seljalandsfoss waterfall as the sun sets (Shutterstock)

Iceland is not a cheap country to visit, but with the pound actually getting stronger against the Icelandic krona, there hasn’t been a better time to visit. This affordable five-day tour with Tucan Travel will ensure you see the best bits, without breaking the bank. 

After enjoying the many attractions of Reykjavik, you’ll head into Iceland’s ethereal countryside, experiencing the magic of the Blue Lagoon, marvelling at the mesmerising beauty of the Seljalandsfoss waterfall and encountering the wide, wild spaces that Iceland is famous for. 

Trip: Iceland On A Budget

Who: Tucan Travel

Type: Group

When: Regular departures throughout the year

How long: Five days

How much: From £689 (exc. flights)

6. Discover the wonders of Uruguay

The cobbled streets of Colonia (Shutterstock)

The cobbled streets of Colonia (Shutterstock)

Often overlooked in favour of its more famous neighbours, Uruguay is an undiscovered Latin American treat. And on this incredibly affordable six-day tour with Evaneos, led by a knowledgeable and passionate local guide, you’ll discover the best of its beautiful beaches, hills, farmlands and an authentic gaucho culture.

You’ll explore the charming UNESCO-listed village of Colonia, famous for both its Spanish and Portuguese architecture, discover both old and new Montevideo and kick back on the famous beaches of Punta Del Este.

Along the way you’ll encounter incredible hospitality, extraordinary food and wine and the unique landscapes of South America’s best kept - and most affordable - secret. 

Trip: Uruguay: Wonders Of Uruguay

Who: Evaneos

Type: Tailor-made

When: Flexible departures throughout the year

How long: Six days

How much: From £480 (exc. flights)

7. Get to know Ghana

Sunset on a Ghanaian beach (Shutterstock)

Sunset on a Ghanaian beach (Shutterstock)

Ghana is one of the most budget-friendly places in Africa for Brits. This eight-day tour with TravelLocal is designed to introduce you to its incredible people and culture.

Over the course of a week, you’ll get a real feel for rural village life in the coastal savannah, gain insight into the important history of the Ashanti Kingdom and learn about the thought-provoking history of the transatlantic slave trade.

You’ll visit the craft villages around Kumasi, and witnessing wood carving, the production of glass beads and a variety of cloth making, before ending your trip relaxing on a palm-fringed beach, regarded as one of the most beautiful in Africa.

Trip: Highlights of Ghana

Who: TravelLocal

Type: Tailor-made

When: Flexible departures throughout the year

How long: Eight days

How much: From £940 (exc. flights)

8. Cycle Colombia

Cocora Valley near Salento, Colombia (Shutterstock)

Cocora Valley near Salento, Colombia (Shutterstock)

Having put its troubled past behind it, Colombia is emerging as one of the most exciting – and affordable – destinations in Latin America. On this cycling adventure with Intrepid, you’ll get to see the country up close and at a pace in tune with the Colombian lifestyle.

It’s a journey that will see you cycling through steamy jungle scenery, coffee plantations and colonial towns nestled in verdant hills.

You’ll have plenty of time out of the saddle, too, learning how to roast the perfect blend during a tour of a working coffee plantation, trying your hand at tejo (an explosive local pastime), and hiking through the Cocora Valley, home to hummingbirds and the world's tallest palm trees.

Trip: Cycle Colombia

Who: Intrepid

Type: Small group

When: Jun to Sep & Nov to Feb

How long: Eight days

How much: From £1,350 (exc. flights)

9. Lemurs on a budget

A ring-tailed Lemur in Madagascar (Shutterstock)

A ring-tailed Lemur in Madagascar (Shutterstock)

Join World Expeditions on this action-and-value packed adventure through the national parks of Madagascar.

Separated from Africa millions of years ago, Madagascar has its own unique cargo of endemic plants and animals. Lemurs are probably the country’s most fabled creatures, but it’s range of spectacular chameleons are iconic, too.

You’ll take in the full diversity of Madagascar’s landscapes and animals explore a spectacular collection of the island’s national parks, including the Isalo, Andringitra and Ranomafana National Parks.

And after your daily wildlife adventures, you’ll sleep in comfortable hotels and tented accommodation, combining the best of local style and French colonial charm.

Trip: Unique Madagascar

Who: World Expeditions

Type: Small group

When: Mar to Oct

How long: 11 days

How much: From £1,286 (exc. flights)

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