10 Cost-Saving Tips for Planning a Trip to AustraliaPosted:
Did you know that visitors from the US spent $3.8 billion in Australia in 2017? The most popular destinations for Americans were Sydney (62%), Melbourne (32%), and Queensland (16%).
Australia is a beautiful country and one that takes some time to explore and enjoy. Which is why when you’re planning a trip to Australia you need to think how much your budget is and what you can do and see during your visit.
Keep reading to discover our 10 cost-saving tips to help you travel to Australia on a budget.
Average Price for a Vacation in Australia
The price of your Australia vacation will depend on several factors including the duration of your stay, accommodations, and activities.
For example, if you want to get the most of your time in Australia, you might want to go on various excursions around the country. The most popular tourist attractions in Australia are the Sydney Opera House, Bondi Beach, Ayer’s Rock, and the Great Barrier Reef. Excursions and accommodation to these can cost around $1853 per person.
If you’re traveling on a budget, you might not be able to do all the excursions you want, so be selective. A good place to save is on accommodations. Consider a hostel for a genuine Australian experience.
So whether you’re planning an exciting excursion-filled holiday or an adventurous backpacking trip, have a look at these tips to help you get there faster.
10 Money-Saving Tips
Traveling to Australia doesn’t have to break the bank. In fact, you can start saving now even before you book your trip.
If you’re planning a luxurious getaway filled with daily-excursions, try a more budget-friendly hotel or living arrangement like renting an apartment. On the other hand, if you want to stay in a pricey resort, you may need to ditch the costly adventures.
1. Find Cheaper Accommodation
If you’ve already decided that your living quarters aren’t as important as the memories you’ll make, cut cost by booking a cheaper place to stay.
This includes a hotel, apartment, or hostel. You may want to experience all that Australian nature has to offer and camp, tent camp, or rent a camping trailer. Airbnbs are another budget-friendly option and the perfect chance to buddy-up to the locals.
Don’t compromise total comfort for cost, though. You still want to enjoy your stay and lay your head down somewhere comfortable at the end of each day.
2. Make Use of Discounted Tours and Tickets
Another great way you can save money when you’re in Australia is by making use of discounted tours and tickets.
Look online for special offers or coupons. Often you can get half-price theater tickets on the day of the performance, or day-time tickets are often cheaper than evening shows.
Bus tours can be quite expensive and there are other ways you can see the city, such as by foot on walking tours. Be mindful and creative when booking shows, tours, and excursions.
3. Travel by Public Transport
So you’ve made plans to tour the entire country. Great! But how exactly are you going to get around?
Traveling by taxi can add up quick. Why not look into public transportation?
If you’re planning to travel from coast to coast, a cross-country train is likely cheaper than booking a flight. But keep in mind, you’ll get there much faster by air than by train tracks. So you have to decide what’s more valuable time or money?
4. Research Restaurants
Eating out in Australia can be very costly, so it’s a good idea to research different restaurants before choosing. Ask about weeknight deals, early-bird specials, and even student or senior discounts.
Google is your friend when it comes to choosing affordable restaurants. Do a little research and find out which restaurants fit within your meal plan. You can splurge on one or two fancy dinners, but for the most part, stick with delis, cafe’s, and other cost-effective options.
If you’re renting an apartment, Airbnb, or staying in a hostel, you can easily cook your own meals, saving a fortune!
5. Go off the Beaten Track
Going off the beaten track and away from the tourist areas can help to reduce costs too. For example, if you’re looking for souvenirs for your family and friends you might want to shop around or even barter at street markets.
Take a side road, away from the heart of the city and see what you find. You may discover a quaint coffee shop or eatery that caters to locals and offers more reasonable prices.
6. Discover Free Activities
All countries have a variety of free activities and Australia is no exception. Make sure you check out the local area’s free art galleries and museums. They often have tons of interesting things you can see and learn about.
7. Get a Phone Plan
If you’re planning on spending a long time in Australia then you might want to consider getting a phone plan. Phone plans can help reduce the costs of texts, calls, and data roaming charges.
If you’re only going to Australia for a few days you won’t need a phone plan but you will need to check if your network offers international deals to avoid racking up your bills on calls to home.
8. Seek out Happy Hours
For those who want to grab a beverage and enjoy the nightlife, you might want to consider seeking out happy hours. Happy hours are ideal for travelers who are on a budget but still want to indulge in their favorite drinks.
Happy hours vary from place to place but generally run from between 4 and 5:00 p.m. until 7 or 8:00 at night.
9. Cook Your Own Meals
If you aren’t staying in a hotel, one way to reduce your costs is by cooking your own meals. You’ll save a lot of money by eating in, as restaurants are often very expensive.
10. Consider Cheaper Travel Options
Compare your travel options in terms of how you’ll get there. If you’re flying (which you most likely are), price shop between different airlines and different times of the year. If your schedule is flexible, book when prices are lowest.
Feeling extra adventurous? Consider taking a boat!
Start Planning a Trip to Australia
If you’re planning a trip to Australia but are afraid that you can’t afford it, then take heed of our useful cost-saving tips and make every dollar count.
The more money you save, the more you can enjoy your time in Australia and explore the hidden gems the country has to offer.
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