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Most people are always worried about making the long-trip to Australia and that unless they book a longer stay, there won’t be enough time to see everything. But travelers also worry about long-term travel in Australia because they stress about the expenses and fear running out of money. It is definitely not a myth that Australia can be a pricey country/continent to visit, but there are always ways to learn how to save money when traveling around Australia. Plus, here we provide you with tips on traveling Australia on a budget, so you worry less and enjoy more!
1. Research in advance. One of the most expensive aspects of traveling to Australia is the flight. If you look for deals, you might be able to find a well priced flight. There are so many websites, such as: Skyscanner, Google Flights, etc., that help you to compare the dates, airlines and you can see which is the best ticket for your budget. REMINDER: If you are a frequent traveler, you can also use some of your points or miles towards the ticket.
2. Fly during their shoulder season – Spring and Fall are shoulder seasons in Australia. It is always cheaper to visit then rather than, for example, going during their Summer peak season (December-February). These months are more expensive than not.
3. Rent an apartment or stay in a budget-friendly accommodation – When you are traveling long-term in Australia, oftentimes it is best to rent a whole apartment, or even a room using companies like Airbnb. You can also consider renting a budget friendly hotel room or Airbnb room for a few days then, once you are there, try to look for a room/homestay in someone’s house or apartment for the rest of your stay. Sometimes it’s easier to search locally, such as by asking around the neighborhood for rental availabilities. Another thing to consider is a farmstay. The more flexible you are, the more options you’ll have to choose between.
4. Rent an RV or buy a campervan – Australia has amazing sceneries and this is a great way to explore it on your own terms. And it’s great to always have a place to sleep that’s inexpensive. Read more here.
5. Get a working holiday visa – If you are eligible, a good way to save money for travel is by getting a working holiday visa. It is a good experience, helping you to travel longer and more effectively.
6. Go to the supermarket and get your own groceries – A good way to save money wherever you travel is by eating out less and cooking where you stay. This is why renting an apartment or a room provides the use of a kitchen. Also, many hostels or guesthouses have shared kitchen space for their guests. It is something to think about when you are researching for your trip.
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7. Avoid buying food/water around the popular landmarks or very touristic areas because the prices are usually higher than in local areas. Traveling with snacks is a great way to save time and avoid the temptation to eat out a lot.
8. Refill your bottle of water – Traveling with a refillable filtering water bottle is much more common now than years ago. This way you can spend less on buying water and you help the environment at the same time by lowering your carbon footprint. If you prefer bottled water, you can always buy bigger bottles (cheaper) and use them to refill your bottle.
9. Travel light – Bring less, or try to fit it all in one carry-on to avoid flight baggage fees. It is also good to avoid any extra charges on other forms of public transportation, for example when taking buses between cities, some have luggage restrictions and fees.
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10. Find a focus of interest / pick the areas you want to visit in advance – Australia is big so you may not be able to cover it all. You always need to research what you would like to see and figure out easiest routed for moving from one place to the next.
11. Travel by bus and/or train – It is almost always cheaper to travel by bus or train rather than flying. Look for places you can avoid flying to, and are conveniently located. Gor example: Greyhound Australia offers lots of deals and cheaper tickets, as opposed to renting a car. Also, some cities have deals on travel passes for multiple days/weeks.
12. Buy your own alcohol – Even though alcohol is still expensive, it is always cheaper to buy a bottle in the supermarket rather than paying more per cocktail at a bar or restaurant.
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13. Find online free events and walking tours. This will definitely help you see/do more, enjoying your time while also on a budget.
14. Visit parks and spend time in nature – There are always lots of places you can enjoy without paying an entrance fee.
15. Look for museums and free attractions – Australia has many places that are free of charge to visit in general, or offer reduced fee or free entrance on certain days of the week. The key is to do your research.
16. Work and travel – With so many opportunities online, remote jobs, there are many ways to earn money, so why not work online while traveling long-term in Australia. It is a great way to allow you to travel sooner (needing less money upfront), then earn more while you’re also enjoying the country.
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17. Discount cards – There are many discount cards that you can buy online or while in Australia. These cards can help you to save a ton on many popular attractions while also saving you time from standing in long lines to buy tickets.
18. Withdraw money from an ATM – You usually get better exchange rates than going to a place to exchange cash money. Compare rates and make smarter decisions.
19. Save your tips or don’t tip as much – Tips are always appreciated but are not required. Only tip when you are really satisfied with the service (10 to 15%), otherwise don’t. Also, tips are not expected in bars. Rule of thumb is to find out the local practice of tipping. And always closely review your bill; some countries add a tip automatically to the bill (especially if larger parties).
20. Volunteer – There are so many programs where you can volunteer where they provide lodging, food and other perks. This can work for long-term traveling as well, and there’s the added bonus of giving back to the community.
Many of these tips can help you regardless of where you travel. Just remember to not allow the expenses to keep you from an amazing experience. Australia is definitely worth it!
Have you ever been to Australia? What other ways did you save money while traveling around? Any other tips? Share them below
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