Birding in exotic locations can be quite expensive, and the idea of managing a trip on our own can be quite daunting.
I want to provide helpful tips on how to bird different destinations on a budget.
I’m sharing my stories of budget birding travel in a fun and engaging attempt to encourage others to travel and bird without spending a small fortune! I hope this blog is fun to read, insightful, and logistically helpful!
UPDATE – March 2020:
We just returned from Guatemala! We spent 2 months birding and exploring this amazing country and I am excited to share our stories and travel tips with you!
Check out the Guatemala page for more!
In these Birding Breakdowns, I list how to get to birding spots, where you eat and stay, and how much it all costs in a condensed way to help you plan your next independent birding adventure!
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A Bolivian Introduction – part 2
Nov. 30 to Dec. 3, 2018 After much research about how best to access the Valle de las Ánimas (Valley of Souls), we decided we wanted to hike up the main canyon. Looking at satellite images from Google, it looked to be the widest canyon with best views. At least that’s what the plan was.…
A Bolivian Introduction – part 1
Nov. 27 to 29, 2018 Once we settled back into Arica (the northernmost city in Chile, right on the ocean) from our time in Lauca National Park, and returned the rental car, we started planning our next move: Bolivia Bolivia loomed in my mind like a great impassable mountain. Both with its unparalleled beauty and…
Guatemala’s Holy Grail Birds: the warblers
Feb. 8 to 12, 2020 Every country that has unique or endemic bird species has a few Holy Grail species. The ones that everyone wants to see. They usually are spectacular birds with a reputation for being hard to see, or at the very least, are only from a small area that’s hard to get…
The cloud forest of El Biotopo del Quetzal
Feb. 6 & 7, 2020 The city of Cobán sits in the foothills along the eastern edge of the Guatemalan highlands. With the highlands acting as a natural barrier, the eastern foothill’s cloud forest is isolated from the cloud forest along the western slope of the highlands. This means there are a few bird species…
I’m not buyin’ it.
I don’t want to live my whole life in the same town, work a job I despise, then die. I’m all about doing what you can to live life to the best of your abilities. And for me, that means doing things on the cheap!
I’ve been a serious birder since the day I went on my first Audubon field trip at 12 years old. That day I had the epiphany that you can go on a trip with the sole motive of seeking birds instead of waiting for them to come to your yard. Ever since then, I have been trying to travel wherever I can to see new birds.
Now, I’m living in a remodeled RV (it’s stationary). As you can guess, I’m are all about traveling cheap and getting the most out of an experience. That is what I’m here for; to share my tips and travel stories about birding on a budget.