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Budget travel holidays and tours, 2014 and 2015

A great worldwide choice of off the beaten track budget holidays from responsible tour companies & accommodations who care about conservation & local communities. Budget holidays & budget travel ideas for all tastes.
Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh holiday in Vietnam
Capture the spirit of Vietnam on this compact adventure, from 665 - 795 (10 days) ex flights
Belize & Guatemala adventure holiday
Combine sand sea wildlife and culture, from 945 - 1049 (15 days) ex flights
China tours, Beijing to Hong Kong
A fantastic journey into the Middle Kingdom, from 1049 (18 days) ex flights
Borneo holiday, Sabah adventure
Mt Kinabalu climb, jungle camp and Sepilok Orang-utan Centre, from 1299 (10 days) ex flights
Cuba cultural tours
Experience authentic Cuba with home-stays and local guides, from US $895 - US $985 (15 days) ex flights
Snowdonia self catering accommodation, Wales
Cottage on Lake Padarn with wonderful views of Snowdonia, from 325 - 425 per cottage per week (sleeps 4-5)
Namibia and Botswana camping safari
Small group adventure safari - Zambia, Namibia & Botswana, from 1935 - 1965 (21 days) ex flights
Cuba tours
Tailormade holidays in the pearl of the Carribean, from 640 (15 days) ex flights
7 day big five safari in South Africa
7 Day Safari with wildlife conservationists, from 1275 - 1420 (7 days) ex flights
Japan tailor made tour on a shoestring
Japan's classic sights on a shoestring, from 650 (8 days) ex flights
Bolivia and Peru tour
Explore the Amazon Andes and Inca trail, from 2425 - 2780 (25 days) ex flights
Egypt budget small group tour
This tour mixes culture with a 4 day beach break, perfect, from 549 - 649 (13 days) ex flights
Knoydart bunkhouse accommodation, Scotland
Friendly West Highland bunkhouse on the Knoydart peninsula, from 17 per person per night
Cuba adventure tours
Explore authentic Cuba using homestays and local guides, from US $390 (8 days) ex flights
Delhi to Goa overland tour
Indian curries temples harems & Himalayas, from 699 (15 days) ex flights
Trekking with Sherpas  in the Everest region
Bespoke Trek in the foothills of the mightiest mountains, from 888 (11 days) ex flights
Small group tour of Turkey
The perfect introduction to cosmopolitan and memorial Turkey, from 529 - 589 (8 days) ex flights
Devon self catering cottage, England
Cosy self catering cottage with woodburner in rural Devon, from 200 - 495 per week (sleeps 4)
Kerala culture and backwaters holiday, India
Enriching and meaningful experience of quintessential Kerala, from 750 - 890 (12 days) ex flights
Alternative family winter holiday in Chamonix, France
New Year Family ski camp w/ Yoga & Circus Skills, from 525 (7 days) ex flights
Southern Africa holiday
Amazing scenery, wildlife & people, from 1730 - 1995 (15 days) ex flights
Budget holiday to China
Buddhist heritage & archaeological treasures of China, from 1499 (14 days) ex flights
South India tour, Trivandrum to Goa
Head to the beaches and backwaters of southern India, from 635 - 745 (16 days) ex flights
Inca Trail adventure holiday
Discover Cuzco and the Sacred Valley on this Incan adventure, from 635 - 780 (7 days) ex flights
Kenya wildlife adventure holiday
Track down the Big 5 as you roam the savannah, from 1299 - 1399 (9 days) ex flights
Egypt budget tour
Uncover Egypt's breathtaking monuments and scenery, from 599 - 729 (13 days) ex flights
Camping safari in Southern Africa
Small group adventure safari - Kruger, Zimbabwe & Botswana, from 1485 (16 days) ex flights
Cuba budget holiday
Visit this most fascinating island Caribbean, from 999 (15 days) ex flights
Shanghai to Beijing tour in China
Discover the delights of China's north, from 885 - 955 (12 days) ex flights
North India cultural tour
An adventure to one of the planet's exotic destinations, from 750 - 875 (22 days) ex flights

727 reviews for budget travel holidays4 star overall rating

These full and frank independent budget travel holidays reviews are from travellers who have booked directly through responsibletravel.com. They are not edited by us or any of the companies we work with. Find the real story, from real travellers below.

China tours, Beijing to Hong Kong
Memorable parts? One evening after a show we needed to get a snack, our CEO was going to get noodles an she let us join her we sat in the street with local people and enjoyed a supper of noodles. The local children tried to speak English and the adults were very friendly it was a lovely atmosphere. Tips? If they are travelling in summer they need to understand how exceptionally hot it will be, thy will need enough thin clothing to have two outfits a day and they will need lots of... (more)Laura McKenna
From 1049 excluding flights
Discover Cuba holiday, 15 days
It was fantastic! Cuba - See you again (more)olga schmidtberger
This holiday was great and I was still smiling weeks after I got back home. To date it has been the best holiday I have ever been on. I came home really relaxed and incredibly happy. I would challenge anyone to go to Cuba, spend sometime with the people and not be effected by their wonderful nature. (more)Shireen Alsalti
Absolutely brilliant....We thought our tour was excellent - a comprehensive itinerary and good value. It was really packed with activities so we did enjoy a beach break at the end. (more)Karin Barrett
From US $1195 excluding flights
Croatian coast walking tours, self guided
An inspiring holiday from the places visited to the better understanding of Croatian history...The most memorable part was learning from our hostess and guides the impact of the Homeland War. The most exciting was the trip to Mljet. (more)William Laubenstein
We loved it. The walking was relaxed and you could really walk as much or as little as you wanted. By the end of our week, when it was getting quite hot in the afternoon we just sat under an olive tree in the garden, ate a picnic, read a book and watched the yachts go by. Lovely (more)Liz Pritchard
A well balanced interesting trip with fantastic scenery, history, wonderful people, excellent food and a good mix of countryside and city options. (more)sandra pullen
From 485 - 630 excluding flights
Japan tailor made tour on a shoestring
10/10...Hiroshima, sumo , Magome and Koyasan were the highlights (more)peter deen
Excellent. We had a nice mix of major cities, the Hakone National Park Region, and Miyajima Island. (more)Sally Vogl
We absolutely had a blast on the whole trip. It was a busy, we tried to see a much as we could but enjoyed the holiday...I would do this again in a heartbeat! (more)Rebekah Schultz
From 650 excluding flights
Watersports activity holiday in Croatia
It was simply the best holiday I have ever been on. I used to think the city was the best place in the world. My world was turned upside down. (more)Julie Stolyarchuk
Amazing! The perfect combination of activities and challenges in pristine settings. Our guides, Nikola and Mario are passionate, knowledgeable guys who spoke openly and honestly. I not only enjoyed the activities, but loved learning more about Croatia. (more)maria falgoust
All the activities were excellent but we really enjoyed the river rafting through clouds of blue dragon flies and our lunch stop at a beautiful pool with a waterfall (more)Caroline McGregor
From 620 - 790 excluding flights
Zion, Bryce and the Grand Canyon holiday
Excellent, great bunch of fellow travellers (tour was full at 13). Our tour guide, Dan, was great and made the holiday work really. He was always available to us and coped well with our different needs/wants and the unpredictable weather. (more)Wendy Pountain
The most memorable parts were my first view of Bryce Canyon; trekking down to Cedar Ridge in the Grand Canyon. (more)DC Gibson
Hiking through Bryce Canyon with snow capping the rocks. One group member said as we hiked down amongst the structures "We need to invent new superlatives". It was stunning...Fantastic, recommended. Great tour guide from this tour operator. (more)Melanie Atkins
From 969 - 1149 excluding flights
Indochina small group overland tour
Memorable parts? Gosh! All of it! It was an amazing 40 day adventure but I particularly enjoyed watching the sun rise over Angkor Wat in Cambodia, kayaking around Halong Bay in Vietnam and the stunning scenery of Laos and in particular watching the sun set over the Mekong River in Luang Prabang. Tips? We were constantly on the move, which was very exhausting and at the end of the Vietnam trip (the 40 day Indochina adventure was actually 3 separate tours which I did not realise and... (more)Lucy Charlotte Brand
From 1830 - 2000 excluding flights
Delhi to Goa overland tour
Memorable parts? Seeing was believing when it came to the Taj Mahal, not many places live up to be better than you anticipate as this place did. My wife and I have done some travelling, but this has to be the most impressive building we have ever witnessed. The Taj Mahal was almost worth the tour fee alone. Tips? Do not be put off by such a cheap price for the package, if we had paid treble we still would have been getting value for money! Don't be put off by such high attention from... (more)Jonathan Kenyon
From 699 excluding flights
Quito to La Paz overland tour
Memorable parts? Trekking the Inca trail was fantastic, it exceeded all my expectations. The porters were superhuman and the tour leaders superb. It is the best experience I have had so far. Tips? Listen to the safety tips of your tour leaders regarding valuables. Things did go missing on public transport with some of my travelling buddies. Local benefits? We visited local communities and bought direct from them. Stayed with families to experience their daily life. Overall... (more)Yuetmui Chung
From 2195 - 2370 excluding flights
Bolivia and Peru tour
Memorable parts? Inca Trail! Making it and seeing Machu Picchu. Tips? Bring clothing for a variety of weather. Be prepared for early mornings, the possibility of altitude sickness... The more in shape you are, the more you will get out of the trip as well! Local benefits? Yes, I think the homestays were great, and the trip encompassed ecotourism, especially in the Amazon. Overall rating? Great. (more)Rachel Carbonell
From 2425 - 2780 excluding flights
Sailing in Croatia
The most memorable part of the holiday - Sitting on the boat in the sun, under sail, with no noise other than the waves! (more)Sonia Reynolds
Having drinks on the boat one evening with the boat under full sail with the sun setting was the most memorable part of the holiday (more)David Dunhill
The holiday was so much better than I expected...It was all so wonderful, stunning views, fantastic food and great activities but I think the real highlight was seeing the pods of dolphins play near our boat. (more)Debbie Maitland
From 620 - 790 excluding flights
Cuba tours
Every day of my trip brought something interesting and memorable. Cuba is a beautiful country rich in natural assets, history and culture with lovely, helpful people keen to show you all their country has to offer. (more)Sue Wailoo
It was our home whilst we were there - in each casa - we were made to feel we were really at home whilst still being free to come and go wherever and whenever we wanted. (more)Charles Butler
It benefitted local people. Direct injection of tourist funds into the economy is essential to many Cubans wellbeing and this tour operator actively supports local enterprise. (more)Sue Johnson
From 640 excluding flights
Langtang Valley trekking holiday, Nepal
The western and Nepali guides and porters were great - always smiling and ready to make sure everyone was happy. An excellent trip in all aspects. (more)patricia barber
This trip has some of the most beautiful nature and scenery you will ever see in your life. (more)Albert Assely
Great Trip!!! The scenery on the trek was amazing. There is no place like the Himalaya. The Nepali people were extremely friendly. The guides were knowledgeable and wonderful to work with. (more)Brian Henning
From 935 excluding flights
Cuba adventure tours
I loved the entire trip - snorkelling, salsa dancing, seafood, old cars, the people, the scenery, historical sights and our excellent tour guide (more)Averill Marks
The best parts were chatting with the guide for hours trying to understand Cuba! Staying with the locals and eating their amazing food. (more)Marie Eberhard
Fantastic! I would definitely recommend Cuba to the adventurous and open-minded traveller. It was also great fun being able to share the holiday with a wonderful group of people (more)Howard Gossington
From US $390 excluding flights
Self guided biking tour in Croatia
It was absolutely wonderful. Tomi and arranged everything with precision. We loved the places he choose for us to stay and we know our experience was much richer than we could have arranged ourselves using guidebooks. (more)Laurie Crossman
It was all memorable. The local staff were always cheerful and efficient, despite running a complex operation when new clients were starting their holidays on different days of the week. (more)Peter Gratton
Most memorable was the gorgeous Croatian islands and the great small towns that responsible travel had us visit. (more)Peggy Deamer
From 360 - 690 excluding flights
Snowdonia self catering accommodation, Wales
...had a truly transformational effect on our twin boys. A stunningly beautiful location and very comfortable cottage...our best ever family holiday. (more)Philip Burston
The most memorable part of the holiday was the absolutely stunning view from the cottage, watching the mountains changing as mist drifted over them and then the light and shadows constantly changed as the mountains were revealed and highlighted. (more)Gabrielle Lorenz
Memorable: view from cottage. Exciting: Visit to Zipworld...We had very good weather and thoroughly enjoyed our holiday (more)Alex Nash
From 325 - 425 per cottage per week (sleeps 4-5)
Devon self catering cottage, England
Very good. Great for families and for getting away from it all. It was all lovely and relaxing. Borrowing the bikes and cycling around the countryside was great fun! (more)bronwen burgess
The most memorable part of the holiday was relaxing in a peaceful setting with buckets of very fresh air...Very good. (more)Bob Simmonds
Excellent....The peaceful comfortable cottage and surrounding green and fertile countryside, with a good variety of walks and small market towns nearby. Our first holiday with the dog who soon felt very much at home. (more)Bob Simmonds
From 200 - 495 per week (sleeps 4)
Reunification Express holiday, Vietnam
The most memorable part was the motorbike tour in Hue & overnight boat trip on Halong Bay. We stayed in lovely owned hotels & ate in family owned restaurants. (more)Samantha Rogers
The association with other travelers and meals were very pleasant. (more)Gayle Avant
From 860 - 1015 excluding flights
Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh holiday in Vietnam
A most enjoyable time...a really memorable trip. (more)Mary Rae
Very good - I truly enjoyed the whole experience. The whole trip was great but the most memorable part was probably the motorbike tour through the countryside around Hue. (more)Gail Morris
the most memorable part was the cruise in Halong Bay and the Mekong River outing (more)Chandra Kant Sharma
From 665 - 795 excluding flights
Croatia holiday, activity week
A excellent week - Craig and Xania work extremely hard to give their guests a memorable holiday. (more)Graeme Everard
Excellent, superb, outstanding....the hospitality was outstanding, Vis is absolutely beautiful, and our hosts were wonderful. (more)Nancy Lauby
Totally relaxing yet delightfully active with superb hosts. My wife and I have never experienced any vacation quite like this one. My biggest worry was how long my afternoon nap was going to be. Food was off the chart delicious for every meal. I will recommend this vacation to all my friends. (more)Krist Thodoropoulos
From 820 - 940 excluding flights
Croatia activity holiday for families with teenagers
Fabulous...Canyoning with my family was thrilling and spending time together just messing around in the pool was rejuvenating. (more)jessica wilson
We had a great week - perfect for families who want to do something active everyday, meet lots of like-minded people, and explore a beautiful, untouristy part of Croatia. (more)Jane Irving
It was a terrific holiday, the activities were exciting and challenging without being terrifying. The hotel was fine and the pig roast on the final night was a real treat. (more)Ann Stallard
From 599 - 999 excluding flights
North India cultural tour
A very good trip. Varanasi, the camaraderie of group members and our group leader and seeing India in action were the best parts of the trip. (more)Michael Adams
I am in my 50s and I found the pace excellent - no more than 3 nights anywhere - arrive - shower/rest - orientation walk then choose your activities and what a great diversity of activities. I found it stimulating and fun. (more)Hazel Durbridge
From 750 - 875 excluding flights
Belize & Guatemala adventure holiday
It was excellent...Sitting on Temple 4 in Tikal watching the sun rise was the most exciting part of the trip. (more)Fran McQuail
The most memorable parts were... probably visiting ATM cave in Belize which was a great experience, and also snorkelling with nurse sharks and sting rays in Caye Caulker was incredible too. (more)Louise Sherwell
5 star experience! Most memorable part was the people in the group (all 15 of them), the city, the jungle and the beach! Bit vague but I just loved it all. (more)Michelle Conway
From 945 - 1049 excluding flights
Carmarthenshire self catering cottage in Wales
We had a great time - relaxing, some beautiful experiences (beaches, hills, islands and all the above animals). We were in bed every night by 9.30pm - tired but blissfully comfortable after a day spent exploring. (more)Jayne Obeng
Perfect!....The best thing about the holiday was having no internet connection & very little mobile coverage. It made it a total break away & allowed us to appreciate everything about the location of cottage & the amazing surrounding area. It was a complete break away which is what a holiday should be. (more)Kirstin Robertson
From 275 - 450 per cottage per week (sleeps 4)
Costa Rica adventure holiday
Very good...Costa Rica is a beautiful Country where real effort is being made to protect the natural resources. (more)Claire Horrocks
The boat trip from Puerto Viajhoe to Tortuguero was relaxing, colourful and enjoyable - lots to see. Rainforest track to Rara Avis, and stay, memorable. (more)Frederick Lockwood
It was one of the best holidays, a good crowd of people and a good time had by all...White Water Rafting at La Fortuna was the most exciting part. (more)Liz Davies
From 850 - 999 excluding flights
Tibet holiday
Very good, enjoyable, hard work but always worth it. (more)Victoria Hart
See Mt. Everest from Base Camp. Excellent. Group leader Gorpal was terrific. (more)Brian Dahlstedt
From 1830 - 1920 excluding flights
Bolivia adventure holiday
Memorable parts? Visiting the salt flats - they were beautiful, and totally original. A real experience! Tips? Insist that your tour leader comes with you on the 3 day tour of the Uyuni 4x4 tour - the drivers are completely irresponsible (drinking beer at breakfast, driving dangerously, driving the vehicles when they are not roadworthy), and rude (not listening to the group's concerns regarding the above, and threatening to leave people stranded in the middle of the tour), that it... (more)Marilyn McManus
From 722 - 849 excluding flights
Budget Thailand holiday, a taste of Thailand
Memorable parts? I enjoyed so many things about my holiday, I had a truly fantastic time but if I had to choose I would say the hill-tribe trek, that was a great experience for many reasons, I especially loved seeing the tribes & the breath-taking landscape it was unbelievable I thought, a special experience. Tips? To travel as lightly as possible during the hill-tribe trek as it can be rather demanding especially the first day & make sure you have the correct footwear. Be prepared... (more)Gary Remekie
From 440 - 475 excluding flights
Trekking with Sherpas  in the Everest region
Seeing Everest for the first time was fantastic. The flight into Lukla was also exciting! (more)Nicola Waldman
The most memorable part was mountain biking around the hills of Kathmandu. (more)Allison McEnaney
Excellent. We booked the trip through a local company and our contact there - Bipin - couldn't have been more helpful. (more)Joan Anderson
From 888 excluding flights
Discover Yunnan holiday, China
Hmmm, hard to choose just one most memorable part since the whole trip was so great!...Overall my trip to China was one of the best vacations I've ever had. (more)Ethan Meyers
The highlight was hiring bikes in Dali and spending the day cycling through villages by the lake. It was great to get away from the touristy spots for a few hours and get a glimpse of the local lifestyle. (more)Juliet Hewish
From 730 excluding flights

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5 stars
I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
4 stars
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
3 stars
Very enjoyable
2 stars
It was OK
1 star
A bit disappointing really
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