How to See Australia on a Budget
Despite the cost of living,
which in Australia is far from low, this is one of the countries you most certainly want to visit in your lifetime. Of course, travelling on a budget means cutting out a few things such as scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef, but there is far more to Australia than expensive dining and luxury activities, so if you plan wisely, you can definitely have the trip of a lifetime without breaking the bank, and we’re here with a few suggestions on how to make this happen. And followsummer always travels with DK Eyewitness: here is a handy guide to save you both time AND money:
When travelling from one continent to another, there is no way the ticket will be cheap, but there are numerous apps that can help you get the best possible deal there is, so make sure you get at least one, and then see on which dates the prices are the most affordable. These apps also give you a list of accommodation options, so you can organize everything using a single app. Now, bear in mind that Australia is the sixth largest country in the world, so seeing everything (on a budget and in a limited time frame) isn’t really an option. However, if you have a really strong wish to visit at least two places which are fairly remote from one another, there are cheap flights offered by Jetstar and Rex Airline, so keep your eyes on the app and sign up for deals and notifications on discounts and deals such as Friday Frenzy, when you can fly for as little as 19$.
Pleasure and Philanthropy
For those who are looking to lend a helping hand while traveling, volunteering is one of the best options that will allow you to familiarize yourself with a particular region, and the expenses are negligible. So, if you feel like giving back, this is the way to go. You could get a chance to see places, such as Adelaide, Bendigo, Brisbane, Cairns, Canberra, Darwin, Geelong, Hobart, Melbourne, Newcastle, Perth, Sydney and Townsville, while working on conservation and preservation of the country’s flora and fauna. You can visit the Kangaroo Island and help with the preservation of koalas and other native species. You wouldn’t be a tourist, you would be one of the Aussies, doing something amazing for the environment.
A Change of Place
If you’re a college student, the world is your oyster as there is an enormous number of student exchange programs that you can apply for, so why not choose Australia. This way, you won’t be just a tourist, but you’ll actually live here for an extended period of time, so make sure you look into scholarship programs and gather all the paperwork before the deadline. Getting around in a particular city you choose will be easy, as public transportation is quite affordable, and so is the convenient student accommodation in Melbourne CBD, as well as other major cities like Sydney and Brisbane. As Australia is a melting pot, by studying here, you will get a chance to meet people from all across the globe, and possibly forge friendships that will last a lifetime. In addition, you’ll get a great education, so it’s a win-win.
Work Hard, Play Hard
In order to not only remain on a budget but actually make money, the work and travel programs are the best possible options. There are options to stay for up to a year, so there is a good chance you might actually see everything. The reason programs like these are so incredible is they provide you with accommodation, they do the job hunt for you and with you, provide you with full support and the work isn’t hard. You can choose to work in retail, at ski resorts, hotels, go fruit-picking – the jobs are super interesting and mostly not taxing, so you still have plenty of energy and time left to travel where your heart desires. You might want to save some of the money to take home, or splurge on the most extravagant activities the country has to offer – your choice entirely!
As you see, there is a number of ways for you to truly enjoy and genuinely explore the land Down Under without breaking the bank. You just have to figure out which of the options best suits your spirit and the type of adventure you want to have, plan carefully, and Australia will be waiting for you.
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Zara Lewis is a regular contributor at Highstylife Magazine, a traveler and a mother of two. Originally from Chicago, she found her place in the sun in Perth, Australia. Zara brings a passion to followsummer about spreading the word about fantastic places to visit and creating a better world for the generations to come. You can follow Zara on Facebook and Twitter.