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How to save money traveling in Australia

Of all the nations in the world, Australia ranks as one of the most expensive places to travel.  $3 to $5 cokes, $20 lunches, and $50 hostels in the middle of Sydney are among the things that many travelers freak out about in their first few days in Oz. Quickly, thinking turns to how to conserve the travel fund before one has to break down and get a job ( gasp!)

To help you make the most of your money when traveling to Australia, we have put together a number of tips that we think will help you make the most of the cash that you have on hand. Check them out below…

Focus on a specific area of the country

Australia is a much bigger country than most people realize. Unlike a country like the United Kingdom, distances in this nation are gargantuan. for example, to travel from Sydney to Melbourne takes as long as 8 hours.

To go from Melbourne to Perth on the west coast, it can take as long as two days by car.  Therefore, it is vital that you focus your attention on one or two specific areas in Australia rather than trying to see it all in one go (unless you are backpacking around the nation,  but even then to see the entire country will take at least 6 months if you have enough money to see you through without working).  

In this way, you will be able to focus your attention on and properly appreciate specific attractions like the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland, or Bondi Beach near Sydney, all while preventing precious cash from being burned on the altar of transportation costs.

Of course on your trip you’ll probably be doing some quite adventurous activities, so it’s always important to have travel insurance. Use these Worldcare Travel Insurance Discount Codes to save money on your quote.

Cook your own meals

There’s no getting around it: Australia is very expensive. This is especially true when it comes to meals in restaurants, as even a simple breakfast can end up costing well over $15 or more. As a result, it makes more sense to stay in a hostel or another accommodation that allows you to prepare your own food.  

By using Australia coupon codes to save money on grocery shopping, or on meals in chain restaurants (hey, you gotta spoil yourself some time right?), you can also substantially lower your bills when it comes to eating.

Save on accommodation

In the last section, we recommended staying in a hostel versus a hotel if you want to save money on food. While many prefer this mode of accommodation for its ability to encourage socialization among travelers, others may want the luxuries of staying in a hotel, so check out these Hotels.com Coupon Codes for discounts on hotels.

Alternatively you could rent a campervan for your trip. The reasons for doing so are twofold: (1)  it helps you save money on accommodations, as your bed is with you wherever you go and (2) it helps you save on bus tickets, which can get very expensive on less traveled routes.  

While the initial cost can be quite intimidating, the immense expenditures of staying in hostels day after day, week after week quick overtake the large sum that you’ll invest upfront.  

As long as you take the opportunity to learn about automobile maintenance before making the commitment of buying a campervan, this can end up being a very wise decision indeed.

Buy your alcohol from the bottle shop

Another shock that quickly becomes apparent shortly after arriving in Oz: alcohol here is expensive, especially in the pubs and bars. Many travelers enjoy a nice cold beverage after a long day of sightseeing, so it is important to find ways to reduce your alcohol expenditure while traveling in Australia.

Buy most of your alcohol in bottle shops, and if you are going out to the pubs and bars, lessen the expense of a night out by having a few of your own back at your place of accommodation beforehand. Also, drink specials can be hard to find, but do try to find them nonetheless, as they will save you untold amounts of Australian dollars.

Victoria Brewood
victoria@pommietravels.com

Hi I'm Victoria, a British girl from Manchester. After graduating from university I decided there was more to life than the hours between 9 and 5, so I packed my journalism degree into my suitcase to travel the world and find a way to make money at the same time. I now call London home, although I still travel whenever I can. I hope to inspire you to be your own boss, live life and see the world.

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