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Dream Trips You Can Actually Afford

Think dream trips like Europe and Hawaii are totally out of reach? You'd be surprised how many affordable packages are out there to help. Here's our ultimate list of dream trip adventures—plus, the travel deals to help you get on your way.

Galápagos Islands

Animal lovers, rejoice! You CAN visit the Galápagos Islands without breaking the bank. G Adventures offers a variety of options for visiting the Galápagos, but one in particular will give you the biggest bang for your buck. From now through May 31st, Budget Travel readers have exclusive access to a promo code that takes 30 percent off their South & East Islands Aboard the Monserrat tour, a 10-day adventure that starts with two nights in Quito before sending you on a seven-night Southern and Eastern Galápagos Islands sailing adventure. You'll get to explore Baltra Island, Santa Cruz Island, South Plaza Island, Santa Fe Island, Punta Pitt, Isla Lobos, San Cristobal Island, Kicker Rock, Cerro Brujo, Espanola Island, and Floreana Island with the help of two certified Galápagos National Park Service guides. While the package does not include international airfare to and from Ecuador, domestic flights between Quito and the Galápagos Islands are covered, as is all transportation within the country, snorkeling equipment, and most meals. Don't forget to bring your camera!

Book it: The South & East Islands Aboard the Monserrat tour starts at $2,869 per person after the Budget Travel reader discount is calculated—use promo code G13BT30B when booking this deal by May 31st for travel thru Sept. 30th, 2014, to get the 30 percent discount.

China

The Great Wall is not as far away as you think, thanks to these great travel deals by companies like World Spree. For starters, there's the Timeless Beijing tour, giving your six nights in China's capital city and round-trip airfare from San Francisco or L.A. from—are you ready for this?—$888 per person! You'll also get three days of escorted tours—visit Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace, the "Bird's Nest," home of the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics, and enjoy a full-day trip to the Great Wall of China and Sacred Way of Ming Tombs, including entrance fees—and have two-and-a-half days to explore the area by yourself. World Spree also offers a 9-day tour of Beijing and Shanghai (from $1,099 per person including airfare from San Francisco or L.A.) and a 12-day tour of Beijing, Xian, Hangzhou, Suzhou, and Shanghai, from $1,499 per person.

Book it: Timeless Beijing, from $888 per person. A Tale of China's Two Great Cities, Beijing & Shanghai, from $1,099 per person. 12-day tour of The Middle Kingdom, from $1,499 per person. All tours are offered by World Spree and include international airfare from San Francisco or L.A.

South Pacific

As we've said in the past, yes, you CAN afford the South Pacific! We've often been surprised by how affordable the South Pacific can be, if you keep an open mind and are willing to travel during the shoulder season. Travelscene is offering a deal to the Cook Islands now thru June 30th, where you can fly from L.A. to Rarotonga on Air New Zealand, spend five nights at the Rarotonga Edgewater Resort, and enjoy complimentary breakfast and use of the hotel's snorkeling equipment. The best part: the package starts at $1,399 per person!

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Note:This story was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.
 

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