Jumping right into the thrilling Australian road trip adventure is a tempting notion, but the country this vast calls for some planning. What is more important, the Australian currency is growing strong for the past few years, which means that the prices are growing as well. This might be somewhat intimidating for unwitting travelers.
Some people experience a sticker shock upon arrival, and are forced to change the plans on the go. So, is it actually possible to have a great time and keep some of that budget at the same time?
It is, and here is how I managed to pull this off.
There is no need to beat around the bush: Traveling to Australia is a costly proposition for most of us. The length of the flight alone is enough to make many tourists stretch their visits. But if you are planning on staying as long as possible in order to get your money’s worth, be prepared for some unexpected expenses.
Alas, a vacation in Australia can really leave you with more than just sunburns, as burning holes in your pockets is an even more prominent problem. Thus, you need to figure out the optimal length of the stay, and in order to than you need to get into the numbers game.
Start by searching the best airfare deals online, and booking the flight in advance. Also, bear in mind that when the northern hemisphere is battling ice and snow, the Australia is just heating up, and this includes the prices as well. Therefore, spring and fall are more prudent choices for frugal traveling. Upon finally deciding on the date, assemble a budget that will encompass all of your day-to-day expenses, transportation, tours, hotel stays and, of course, shopping expenses.
By the Numbers
On the densely populated Eastern coast, you can expect to pay between $27 and $34 per night for a hotel room, while in Northern Queensland the prices are lower. You can actually get a decent room there for$20 AUD total. An average meal requires you to cough up approximately$15-20, and do not assume that McDonalds is any better— the value meal is around $8.
Note that in all the aforementioned departments, you can make substantial savings. As for the accommodation, many people go for services such as Airbnb. Apart from enabling you to find cheap apartments, you can also cook the meals. Another option is to couchsurf with locals, and gain insights into their way of living. Furthermore, if you have to drink, check out the goon. It will give you the most bang for your buck, just do not mistake it for a wine.
Now, one of the most important things is to keep your focus and abandon the illusionary dream of flying around the whole king-sized country. You are better off picking a region or two, and exploring them thoroughly. Notice that the cruises are a convenient and budget-friendly way to move around. As for the shopping, steer clear of central city hubs and business areas that feature jaw-dropping price tags.
Employ your visa gift card to avoid additional costs, or purchase an iVenture card for popular tourist destinations. Keep your eyes open for discounts and freebies and feel free to haggle on open-air markets. Moreover, try to get into as many tours as possible: Book your activities at your hostel tour desks and places like Tribal.
Finally, it is highly advisable to prepare for the unexpected. For better or worse, no matter how hard you plan, the journeys are full of those unpredictable twists and turns and having some extra cash on you is recommendable. Having some self-control is also highly recommendable as well.
Do not Take Any Wooden Nickels
The Land Down Under is one of the most exciting destinations for tourists, with a plethora of natural marvels, stunning tours, vivid urban centers, and friendly people. But, if you do not want to break the bank, there is only one way to go— doing homework. Pull together a solid budget, but do not let it die on the field. There is a myriad of ways to overspend in Australia, but on the brighter note, also just as many solutions to stay within the budgetary limits.