Going to Australia for business can be pricey, what more with a leisurely vacation? The sheer flight and the airfare alone encourage many visitors to stretch their visit for well over a week (it took me that long just to get over the jet lag.) So how can you afford to stay in Australia for a week or longer without burning through your pocket?
I’ll tell you this. It’s not as difficult as you think. Here are some ways to help you save money while staying in Australia:
Before you travel
Research comes first. Your biggest expense on your trip is probably the airfare. As you begin hunting down bargains, consider Virgin Australia, which started their service between the U.S. and Australia a few years back and in a recent search beat all other prices.
Time your travel. Travels between December and February are typically the most expensive, since it is summer during that time and people tend to flock the most popular places like Melbourne or Sydney. Flying during spring and fall tend to be cheaper.
While in Australia
Consider a vacation rental. If you’re travelling with friends or family, a vacation rental will save you a lot of money over a hotel stay. You will also have more space for less money, and you’ll also have a kitchen where you can cook your meals instead of eating out at a fancy (and pricey) restaurant.
Go camping. Australia is known to have some of the world’s most well-maintained and scenic caravan parks and campgrounds. Renting an RV can give you lots of freedom to drive yourself around the country, as well as an inexpensive and cozy space to sleep every night.
Consider staying for good. Sometimes you travel enough to a place that it becomes your next home, or sometimes you fall in love with the city you’re currently in. There are many apartments for sale in Australia if you’re looking for a permanent residence or even a place to call your own every time you visit the country.
Take the bus or train. One of the most scenic and relaxing way to experience Australia is either by bus or train. If you are focusing your travel on a small region, then hopping on a bus or riding the train to your next destination is your cheapest option.
Think outside the tour. You won’t have to pay for a pricey cruise around Sydney’s harbour if you simply take the public ferry – you’ll save about 75% of the fee from cruise ship.
Free travels. Yes, they exist in Australia. Perth has a free service on trains and buses within a certain city zone while Brisbane offers free transit on several bus routes in the city center, these passes will save you money over individually priced tickets.
Saving on meals
Don’t overtip. Tipping isn’t typically required in Australia, though it’s growing more common in many restaurants. I personally tip a waiter/waitress when I’m pleased with the overall service.
Grocery Shopping. Buy food where locals do: at supermarkets instead of the pricey hotel breakfast.