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10 Unusual Activities to Do on a Budget

[ 2 ] February 12, 2010 |

So you’re away travelling and visiting new places. You want to get under the skin of where you’re visiting and you want to do an activity that is really different and unusual. But the tide’s out on your bank balance.

Ooh.com is a new website that lists quirky and Unusual Activities to do that won’t break the bank and lets face it as a budget traveller there ain’t much in your bank account!

Thanks to Emma Drew from Ooh.com for putting together this great list of 10 Unusual Activities to Do on a Budget!

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1. New York

City of banking, big bonuses, financial bravado….and then the crash. See Wall Street with a real Wall Street insider, ex bond trader Andrew Luan. On the Financial Crises Tour hear first-hand accounts of the events of the financial crisis, the truth about trading and how some traders made billion dollar profits while some banks collapsed.

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2. London

Avoid the other tourists queuing for the mainstream art galleries on the London Street Artists and Graffiti Tour.  See the work of some the world’s most famous street artists where it’s meant to be seen: on the street. For around just £16.50, one of these tours will take you to hip East London and an international hub of graffiti culture where you’ll see works by Banksy, Shepard Fairey, Space Invader and upcoming new names on the scene.

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3. Los Angeles

L.A. would be L.A.M.E. without the movies. So get in with the fashionable lot at NewFilmmakers Los Angeles at Sunset Gower Studios as they screen 8 short films from all over the world. Most of these films are being premiered for the first time to the public and you’ll meet the directors and actors for each film. A $6 cinematic bargain.

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4. Ohio

Fed up with youth hostels and bad budget hotels? Stay in an Earthship in Ohio, a comfortable home built out of tyres, cans, bottles, strawbales and other re-used materials. Shower in a solar shower made from 500 plastic milk jugs, use a dry compost privy, spend time milking the goats, gardening, reading or learning about how you can make your future greener.

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5. Ireland

Avoid the leprechaun trails and tours of Guinness factories, and instead discover the glaciated, spectacular Lakes of Killarney in Ireland. Join expert guide Nathan Kingerlee for a morning or afternoon Lakes of Killarney Kayaking Trip and discover places you’d never find on foot.

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6. Nepal

Join Scott Mason, inventor of parahawking, as you take to the skies over Pokhara in Nepal on a Parahawking Sky Safari. Learn how to paraglide with hawks, using the birds of prey to find the best thermals in one of the most beautiful places in the world. As far as we’re aware, this really is a one off and isn’t being offered anywhere else in the world.

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7. Edmonton, Canada

We’re big fans of the Wilderness Survival Course because let’s face it, if you’re travelling the world you sometimes need a bit more than a Swiss army pen knife. This one day course in the wilds will look at survival physiology and psychology, fire lighting, shelter building, clothing, survival equipment and emergency signals.

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8. Cornwall

Travelling can be a hungry business, budgets tight and rations poor. But for just £10 you could spend time with expert food forager Caroline Davey and learn to forage for free food on one of her 2 hour Food Foraging Walks in West Cornwall.

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9. Sydney

Parkour in Sydney, achingly cool, and well worth the aching joints if it’s your first time. We give parkour 10 out of 10 for great, cheap things to do, and where better to do it?lllll

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10. London

Private supper clubs in London are more hip than hip. So we had to include one of the best on the scene at the moment. The Loft Project is the brainchild of chef Nuno Mendes. Originally set up as a temporary supper club and personal test kitchen, the Loft has now become a going concern, where guest chefs take up residency to showcase their food. This is the most expensive option on our top ten things to do, but if there’s a credit card with a centimeter of space left on it, we’d recommend giving this a go.

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Did you like this list of 10 Unusual Activities to Do on a Budget then head on over to Ooh.com to find even more unusual activities to do all over the world!!!

I’d love to here about some of the unusual activities you have got up to while travelling!!! Leave your comment bellow!!!

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About onurwaytravel: Colin has been travelling the world with his young family for the past 2 and half years. He runs a couple of websites all revolve around travel, family travel and digital nomadism. His websites include http://ourtravellifestyle.com, http://vagabondfamily.org, http://nunomad.com and now http://on-our-way-travel.com. View author profile.

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  1. That is some great tips and off the grid activities. Definitely want to check out the street artists in London
    .-= Chris – The Aussie Nomad´s last blog ..My First Overseas Trip Part 3 =-.

  2. Sasha says:

    Yeah that does looks pretty good and you will be in London soon too!!! I would love to do the parahawking that looks pretty insane!!! :)