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4. Recalibrate Your Costs

When perusing an outfitter’s website, keep an eye out for multitiered pricing. Backroads, for example, lets you choose from three accommodation levels for most of its active trips: “premier inns,” “casual inns,” and “deluxe camping.” Often the camping is plenty plush, and in Europe the casual inns are especially great ( “Move down a notch from premier lodging and you’ll save about 30 percent in Europe,” says Massimo Prioreschi, Backroads’ VP of sales and marketing, “and 20 percent in the U.S. and Canada.” Luxury outfitters are also beginning to offer shorter, cheaper versions of existing trips. Check out Asia Transpacific Journeys’ new line of “Affordable Journeys,” ten-day adventures that can be customized at different price points, starting at $1,720 per person (

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