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4 Southern Hemisphere Trips to do Before you Die

4 Southern Hemisphere Trips to do Before you Die


It's the time of year when the countries in the southern hemisphere are enjoying their summer. Fancy joining them? Depending on how long you have will depend on what you see.

Here are some ideas for things to see on a budget...

1. South America: Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, Brazil

From the Inca Trail in Peru to the history of colonial times in La Paz. From tango dancing, markets and food in Buenos Aires to the party capital of the world, Rio de Janeiro via Iguazu Falls. These destinations may be the most visited but that's for a reason.

There are good transport links between destinations but when it comes to cost, the best option is the bus. Some journeys may take 50 hours (La Paz to Buenos Aires) but for $120 it is the better value compared to a $400 flight.

If you want one treat, you could try the bus to Iguazu Falls and then fly from there to Rio de Janeiro where you will finish your trip.

2. South Africa

The best way to get around South Africa is to drive so make sure if you have petrol money to hand. This way you get to see the beautiful landscape of this country.

Start in clammy Durban and take in the garden route which will lead you all the way to Port Elizabeth and on to Mossel Bay in the south of the country. This brings you half way between Durban and Cape Town so take a break and enjoy the beach surroundings.

Cape Town has Lion's Head, Table Mountain and Signal Hill waiting for you to climb and well as venturing out to the many wine tasting areas outside the city.

*Remember, South Africans drive on the left so ensure you have checked all your driving tips before setting out. Even though driving means petrol, you will save money in the long term due to public transport to each destination not being as readily available as in other countries.

3. Australia

Because this is the most popular time of year to visit Australia, accommodation will be a little more expensive. But save on travel by using local buses or trains and eat & drink local.

Starting in Melbourne and moving onto Sydney, see what these two very different cities have to offer. Melbourne has culture and a great nightlife but unpredictable weather, whereas Sydney has great tourist spots to see (Sydney Opera House anyone?), bondi beach and shopping.

Head up to Cairns next to see another side of Australian life and back to Airlie Beach which will lead you to the Whitsunday Islands and the Great Barrier Reef.

4. New Zealand

As with Australia, this is a popular time of year for travellers, some costs may be slightly higher than normal. But it is all worth it.

Depending on what kind of trip you are looking for, the south island will have more adrenaline junkie activities near Dunedin but will also show you the oldest city on the island in Nelson. The north island will be a bit calmer but with two of the major cities, Auckland and Wellington, to keep you busy with sight-seeing.

If you're on a strict budget you probably won't be able to afford to do all of the action activities like bungee jumping, sky diving and so on, but do one and you won't regret it. Or do two and compromise on another activity you had planned to do further on the trip.

Siobhan Maguire is a budding journalist studying at the University of Salford in Manchester. A well-seasoned traveller, she blogs at A Girl Gets on a Bus, and you can follow her Twitter here.

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