Travelling on a budget means that sometimes you might have to pass up something you want to do because of the obscene price tag. In New Zealand I would have loved to go for a ride in a stunt plane, but at $350 for 20 minutes, I had to pass.
To compensate, check out some of the fun and unusual events that take place around the world. Some festivals are free while others charge a small entrance fee.
For example, while doing some Googling about travelling Scotland, I came across a link for the World Porridge Making Championship in Carrbridge. Really. It’s the championship for porridge makers around the world. I was directed to goldenspurtle.com, where I learned that along with the porridge contest, there is also a chainsaw carving competition in Carrbridge every year.
Why would you want to go to either of these things? Why wouldn’t you want to go? Imagine coming back from your trip. Friends ask you, “What did you do?” You say, “Went to some museums, saw a lot of pubs, looked for Nessie, watched a guy carve a cougar out of a massive log with a chainsaw in less than four hours. You know, the usual.”
Your friends would be in awe.
If you live for danger then you should also visit the amazing and incredible… Baby Jumping Festival in Castrillo de Murcia, Spain! It’s so dangerous that the Pope has asked church members to distance themselves from the event, even though it’s part of the Catholic holiday Corpus Christi.
Men dressed as devils jump over babies born in the past year because they believe it takes all their evil from them and the children are cleansed. Have a look:
Find more unusual festivals you can include in your travel plans, and send me some photos of the weirdest ones.