How to Travel Through Australia on a Budget
Guest Post by Expedia.
Traveling doesn’t have to break the bank; believe it or not, it is possible to have a memorable vacation on a budget. All you need is the advice of a few money-saving tips that encompass all areas of travel expenditures.
The knowledge of these tips alongside careful planning and organization, can prepare you for the experience of a lifetime, without spending a fortune. Airline discounts, cheap hotels, inexpensive eateries, and free tourist attractions are out there, you just have to know where to look.
Air Transportation – Frequently, discounts on airfare are available if you purchase tickets during promotional periods, as well as certain times of the year. The cheapest time to fly is during the off season, which is from mid-April to the end of August. You can also save money by flying Monday-Thursday, as there is usually a difference in price between weekdays and weekends.
A budgeting alternative to buying airfare during discounted times, is to purchase a package deal. Independent and group tour packages provide great savings because (most of the time) they can include airfare, a hotel, meals, and attraction tours. Package deals are great not only because they save you money, but provide less stress by making all of the arrangements for you!
Cheap Hotels and Alternative Discount Accommodations – Along your search for accommodations, be sure to compare hotel prices with other types of lodging, as the alternatives can be less costly. Bed and breakfast inns can be inexpensive and offer a friendly atmosphere and more character. Another alternative is renting an apartment with a full kitchen. This type of lodging is readily available in Australia and allows you to save money by cooking some of your own meals.
Other options—that can not only save money, but add color and interest to your trip by allowing you more contact with other travelers—include youth hostels and backpacker lodges. These types of cheap hotels often provide such amenities as a pool, tour information, and internet access. They tend to be simple, but clean private rooms; however, they usually have communal restrooms. These options will likely be your least expensive option.
Budget-friendly options are out there, but you might not be looking in the right places. Many pubs offer inexpensive lodging, but these rooms frequently involve sharing a restroom as well. Most provide the additional advantage of providing breakfast. Aside from pubs, certain cities provide cheap hotels in the form of the YMCA. They offer private rooms, dorms and family rooms that might work better for a family than a backpacker lodge.
Meals – In most restaurants, lunch menus are usually much less expensive than dinner menus, so if you can only afford to eat out once a day on vacation, make it lunch. Keep an eye out for ethnic restaurants and you’re almost sure to get delicious food at cheap prices.
Another money-saving tip is to stock up on items such as granola bars, peanut butter, and crackers, which are great for snacks between meals. Also, keep in mind that cheap hotels, such as backpacker lodges and youth hostels, normally provide inexpensive meals.
Attractions – Australia offers a wide variety of attractions that are free of charge; enjoy entertainment offered by some of the larger cities: concerts and dance productions in Sydney or street performers in Brisbane. Watch the professional surfing events from the beach as the contenders ride the waves. Soak up culture by meandering through museums and art galleries. Experience Australia’s wildlife by visiting campgrounds, where you can view kangaroos and wallabies in their natural habitat.
Half of making a great vacation is in the planning. Depositing a certain amount of money each month into a designated savings account can help your lifelong dream of visiting Australia become a reality. When you first start planning your trip, it is a good idea to purchase a budget travel guide to Australia.
To find cheap hotels, do a hotel search in a reputable guide book, weighing the cost of each place against the amenities it offers. Such books will also provide the prices of meals, attractions, transportation and miscellaneous expenses, thus enabling you to calculate the approximate cost of the trip and plan accordingly ahead of time.
This guest post was written and provided by Erica Gustafson who is a freelance writer and consultant for Expedia.