The wavering economy may have thrill seekers fooled into thinking they can’t afford their dream action-packed vacation, but that might not be the case. Below are Web sites travel experts recommend checking to snag a good deal on an extreme vacation. 

www.Zozi.com: a new Web site that offers a different unique activity daily in dozens of U.S. cities, such as a kayaking exploration through the La Jolla Ecological Reserve in Sand Diego ($22 vs. $45).

www.Towd.com:  A compilation of government tourism Web sites from around the world, which can be extremely helpful resources for free or cheap and off-the-beaten path activities.

www.familyadventuretravel.com: Search for family-oriented adventure activities by type and region.

www.helpx.net: An online listing of host farms, homestays, ranches, lodges, B&Bs, backpackers hostels and even sailing boats who invite volunteer helpers to stay with them short-term in exchange for food and accommodation.

www.Bicyclingworld.com: bike tours on a budget.

www.Adventurecenter.com: Find adventure activities by destination, departure date and last minute deals.

www.Frommers.com:  Search active vacations by destination and seek assistance from other travelers in community forums.

www.traillink.com: Find free walking and biking trails almost anywhere.

www.skiandsnowdeals.com: A Web site that features short-term ski resort sales from across the globe.