Before I left, I got advice from a mentor who had gone on her own extended world trip: if there’s something you want to do, don’t miss out on it because of the cost. $500 is a crazy lot in backpacker world, but nothing comes close to the cost of regret.
I took her advice and signed up for all of the tours, safaris, treks, and other experiences that caught my eye. The only one that I missed out on was a glacier walk, but that was because of a national strike in Argentina.
It meant that I blew my budget out of the water, but oh well. Totally worth it! And thankfully, because of my preference to be over-prepared, I had planned in a 100% buffer!