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PHOTOS: 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.

  1. Hawaii is a pretty expensive place, but like everywhere else, there are ways to get around it. Check for flash sales and other discounts offered by Hawaiian Airlines, which just started flying non-stop from New York City two years ago, so no more excuses, east-coasters!

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  2. Don't miss a chance to visit Kauai's beautiful Na Pali Coast.

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  3. If you're a cruise-lover and can only spare a week of vacation time, you're in luck! Norwegian Cruise Lines offers a 7-day cruise onboard the Pride of America, taking you around the Hawaiian Islands with stops in Kahului, Maui; Hilo and Kona on the Big Island; and on Kauai before returning you to Honolulu, a great way to get a taste of the islands.

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  4. Although technically India did earn a spot on Budget Travel's To Go Or Not To Go: 2014 list due to last year's violent streak against women, things seem to be calming down now, and with strength in numbers, you'll be fine with a group if you go.

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  5. Catch a glimpse of this Indian Water Palace on Jal Mahal Lake in Jaipur, India.

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  6. Pay a visit to the Agra Fort with SmarTours' 8-day trip to India that includes time in Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur.

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  7. The Great Wall is not as far away as you think, thanks to these great travel deals by companies like World Spree.

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  8. World's Spree's Timeless Beijing trip includes airfare from San Francisco or L.A. and several guided tours, including a trip to the Forbidden City.

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  9. 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.

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  10. Next time you're in London, consider a stay at Generator Hostels, a revolutionary new style of affordable accommodations that's taking Europe by storm. You can also find them in Dublin, Berlin, Barcelona, Copenhagen, Hamburg, and Venice, and they're expected to open in Paris and Rome later this year.

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  11. The best part about Contiki: you'll get a ton of included guided tours, day-trips, and exclusive access to cool places (like a behind-the-scenes tour of a popular French Perfumery with special discounts in the gift shop!) as well as a mix of free time to go out and explore the city you're visiting.

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  12. If you're between the ages of 18-35, try a Contiki tour around Europe, like their Amsterdam to Barcelona tour, for a fun, affordable way to get a taste of several European cities.

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  13. Machu Picchu was the number one thing on my personal dream trip list, and I was finally able to do it in April of this year thanks to a super-affordable 8-day vacation package by G Adventures.

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  14. Spend some time relaxing in the local hot springs of Aguas Calientes during G Adventures' 8-day Machu Picchu Adventure tour.

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  15. The Machu Picchu Adventure 8-day tour starts in Lima, where you'll get a chance to soak up the food scene—try the lomo saltado, a delicious dish made of tender beef, veggies, rice, and french fries, or stick to ceviche—and take a walk by the Pacific after dinner.

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  16. Visit the ancient town of Hoi An during your trip to Vietnam with World Spree.

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  17. World Spree's 12-day tour of Vietnam includes time in Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon.

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  18. You'll also get to explore Hue as part of the 12-day Amazing Vietnam tour by World Spree.

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  19. If you want to visit Australia, keep an eye out for airline sales by Qantas, Virgin Australia, and Air New Zealand, for starters, or watch for travel packages that include airfare, like those offered by Down Under Answers and Travelscene.

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  20. Who wouldn't want to visit the Land Down Under—I mean, come on, have you seen these photos? Uluru is georgous!

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  21. Travelscene is running a special now thru June 14th that includes airfare from L.A. to Christchurch on Fiji Airways, two nights in Christchurch, two nights in Franz Joseph, three nights in Queenstown, and a six-day car rental, from $1,999 per person.

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  22. If you think the perfect trip to Cuba is an impossible dream, think again! Thanks to companies like Friendly Planet Travel that offer government-approved people-to-people itineraries, there are several options at are available.

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  23. If Havana's on your bucket list, check out the 6-day Discover Havana tour, which includes airfare from Miami to Havana via a U.S. Government-licensed charter service, one night at the Crowne Plaza Miami Airport Hotel, and four nights in superior first class hotels in Cuba.

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  24. Friendly Planet Travel also takes care of the hassle of paperwork, licenses, and authorization letters that are necessary for travel to Cuba these days, covers mandatory health insurance needed to visit the country, and offers an educational exchange program so you get the most out of your time in Cuba.

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  25. Don't forget your camera on your trip to the Galápagos! Wildlife includes marine iguanas.

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  26. Animal lovers, rejoice! You CAN visit the Galápagos Islands without breaking the bank. G Adventures offers a variety of options that can get you up close to these tiny penguins, the world's rarest.

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  27. G Adventures' South & East Islands Aboard the Monserrat is a 10-day tour that starts with two nights in Quito, Ecuador, before sending you on a seven-night Southern and Eastern Galápagos Islands sailing adventure.

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  28. For a little affordable fun closer to home, opt for one of Norwegian Cruise Line's finest. Their newest ship, Norwegian Getaway is now setting sail from Miami in its inaugural season on a 7-day adventure to Phillipsburg, St. Maarten; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; and Nassau, Bahamas.

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  29. The Norwegian Breakaway sets sail from New York City on a 7-day trip to Bermuda and offers the Broadway show Rock of Ages.

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  30. The Norwegian Breakaway's 7-day cruise to Bermuda includes only-in-New York themed experiences, and, as on every Norwegian ship, a wide variety of restaurants to satisfy your every craving

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  31. Who says you can't afford to take a safari in Africa? Elephants await your arrival in Kenya!

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  32. Ready for some face time with lions? SmarTours is having a sale right now on a 9-day trip to South Africa that includes airfare from New York City and an open-vehicle guided safari in Kruger National Park.

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  33. SmarTours' 9-day trip to South Africa includes a guided tour of Cape Town.

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  34. As we've said in the past, yes, you CAN afford the South Pacific! Here, beautiful One Foot Island in the Cook Islands.

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  35. Travelscene is offering a deal to the Cook Islands now thru June 30th, where you can fly from L.A. to Rarotonga (above) on Air New Zealand.

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  36. Ready to snorkel in a tropical lagoon? 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.

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