ROUGH AND READY
The distances involved alone make it difficult to see the South Pacific on a budget. But if you want to glimpse the region via a slug of backpacker spirit, if not cost, then there is always “Desert Island Survival in French Polynesia” – an intriguing possibility sold by Responsible Travel (01273 823700; responsibletravel. com) which maroons its participants on an uninhabited island and asks them to stay there for 10 days, happily with expert guides who can teach them how to make a fire, catch fish and extract drinking water from the sea. From US$3,600 (£2,733) a head; flights extra.