Things you need to know before you catch a flight to Australia

Australia is a land of wonders and probably one of the MUST visit attractions on travelers’ lists recently. However, for those of you who haven’t been to Australia but plan an Aussie travel, we have a few tips.

Although you think you know Australia from the photos you saw online or articles you read, you actually don’t. However, we’re here to help! It’s not like we’re trying to interrupt your Aussie travel but help you have a good time.

Wonder how? We will help you stay on budget with our tips. Furthermore, we’ll also reveal some things you need to know before you catch a flight to Australia.

Australia is the 6th largest country in the world, which means it’s huge and you’re not going to see everything you want on your holiday

Unless you plan to stay in Australia for six months or a year, you’re won’t see everything you want. Although it looks small on pictures, Australia is huge. This lovely country occupies a territory that’s more than the size of all countries in the European Union. Keep in mind that it will take you approximately 9 hours to get from Sydney to Melbourne by driving. This leads to the conclusion that your travel expenses will be huge. However, if you’re smart, you can avoid them by using cheap travel options like the bus, train or a free ride.

Australia will turn out to be an expensive travel experience if you don’t plan your budget before you catch a flight

According to tourists, you will spend at least $200 per day in Australia for food, accommodation, and transport. However, you can avoid the costs if you book a ticket in fall or spring. Fall or spring tickets are cheaper because tourists usually visit Aussie during the winter period. As for the food and drinks, we suggest you shop for your own groceries and drink before you go to the bar. Regarding accommodation, consider choosing a motel or camping if you want to save money because most of the hotels are extremely expensive in Australia.

Koalas and kangaroos will not welcome your stay as you hope so

We all want to travel to Aussie for the kangaroos, cool birds, lizards, snakes and koalas, however, unfortunately, the chances of seeing them is rare. You might notice them in the wild but you will probably have to go to a national park or reserve to find them. We suggest you visit the Kangaroo island that’s located south of Adelaide.

 

Think twice before you tip the bartender in a bar or a restaurant

According to statistics, Australians are one of the wealthiest people in the world. All workers earn at least $16.87 per hour and you should think twice before you tip the bartender. If you really like the service, of course, you can leave a tip. However, if you leave the usual few coins like you’re used to in your state, someone might tell you that you forgot your change!

The weather is surprisingly strange

In some parts of Australia, the summer period is characterized by hot weather, however, in other parts, it rains constantly. Don’t get surprised if you hear about a fire on the news somewhere in Aussie while you’re enjoying the afternoon rain.

The Internet in Australia is terrible and expensive

Although you might find wifi available in the hotels, bars or cafes, probably, the connection will be terrible. The internet in Australia is slow and expensive, so get used to being disconnected from social networks. Use your travel to reconnect with yourself more and enjoy the beauty of Australia.

You will probably want to stay in Australia forever

Those who once visited Australia, always come back and you won’t be an exception! You will probably want to stay in Aussie forever and be devastated on your way back home. Don’t worry, it happens to everyone!

How to enjoy a trip to Australia on a budget

Australia stays on the list of top visited tourist attractions for years. And here’s why! Although some avoid Aussie travel due to big expenses, those who know saving tricks enjoy Aussie travel on a budget.

Are you considering to visit Australia soon? Are you yearning to see the beauties of this marvelous country? If yes, and you still don’t want to drain all your bank accounts on this travel, we’re here to help! We will share a few tips and tricks on how to enjoy a trip to Australia on a budget, including discount cards, cheap food, and fun freebies.

Find a cheap airplane ticket

The airplane ticket to Australia will be one of the biggest expenses you will have on your trip. Because of that, you need to find a cheap airplane ticket. According to statistics, tourists visit Australia mostly during the winter person, so you might find a cheaper airplane ticket during spring or fall. Book your flight on time and when you find a cheap ticket – grab it without any hesitation.

Search for freebies

Australia has a lot of attractions and museums that don’t charge admission fees. For example, the Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art or the Brisbane’s Botanic Gardens.  You can also buy an entire discount card for popular attractions like Melbourne, Sydney, and Tasmania.

You will get a free entry or a special offer and discount to many area attractions, for a single price. The discount cards will save you money if you want to see more attractions in a short period of time.

Avoid the exchange counter and use ATM and credit cards instead

If you skip the exchange counter and use ATM instead, you will get good exchange rates. You can find an ATM on every step, except for the villages and remote towns. However, you can always pay with credit cards because most of the stores and restaurants accept credit card payments. There’s a shortage of using ATM as well and we have to point it out to you! Australian banks also charge a fee when someone makes a purchase in a foreign currency or withdraws cash at a foreign ATM.

There’s only one exception – the Capital One which doesn’t charge a fee for foreign purchases to American cardholders. At the end of the day, the best way to manage your money is to bring cash. However, don’t bring too much cash with you and if you do, always keep it in your cash belt.

Use the bus, train or a free ride to get somewhere

If you plan to travel to a smaller region, consider taking the bus because it’s the cheapest option. You can also get a discount or a special offer with the Greyhound Australia. If you plan an extended travel, take the bus pass. Besides the bus, there’s one more cheap transport option – the train. Although it seems old-fashioned, traveling by train in Australia will provide you a pleasant and unforgettable experience.

You can check out the offers and discounts on rail passes from Rail Australia and save money on traveling around the state. However, what can be cheaper than a free ride to get somewhere? Many Australian cities have a select public transport free routes. Consider taking them or simply go to the auto stop but be very very careful.

Buy your own food, check for motel or go camping

These are the few ways that will save you money. If you buy your own food, you won’t have to pay the price of a restaurant meal or hotel meal. Prepare your own food and go on a picnic! As for the accommodation, instead of a hotel, consider staying in a motel or go camping. You will be surprised how camping or staying in a cheap motel like the ones in the movies will spice up your Aussie travel

Cheap and Fun Travel: The Only Guide You Need

Are you considering to travel soon? However, you don’t have much money and you doubt whether you should quit the idea. We say – don’t quit the idea because we’ve prepared a simple guide for cheap travel.

Despite the fact that you won’t need much money to travel, you will also experience an unforgettable fun travel. Keep reading and check out the only guide you need if you want to travel on a budget and still have a great time.

Start point – where do you want to go?

Leave out your budget and answer a simple question – where do I want to travel?

Once you chose your dream destination, check the Internet to find a cheap airplane, bus or train ticket. Once you do, don’t hesitate to book your ticket and prepare your backpack. However, if you can’t afford your ticket, find a short-term job and save some money. Once you do, move to the second point and learn how to travel and survive on a budget. Or maybe earn some money on your travel.

The second point – what do you need to pack?

It’s simple. Pack only the essentials in your backpack and hit the road. If you pack more than you need, you will carry unnecessary weight and spend a lousy time resting everywhere. Don’t make the same mistake as everyone else. You will be surprised how little you need to survive far away from home.

The third point – find a free accommodation and free meals

This will be a bit harder but not impossible. Consider asking a family on your travel to let you stay in their house. In return, offer to walk their pets, become a nanny or help them with home activities.

If you don’t like this option, try a monastery. They don’t charge for sleepovers and you can crash there for a few nights. However, if you don’t like this idea as well, you can always choose camping. It’s the cheapest and best option! Just be careful when picking the spot for placing your camp. It shouldn’t be too public but also not too hidden in case of emergency.

The fourth point – earn some money and expand your travel

If you spend all your money while traveling, don’t panic! You can always work some short-term job like bartending, waitress or cleaner and earn some money. Are you maybe a freelancer? If yes, just don’t forget to bring over your laptop/tablet and start earning cash online. You know how! Just find a free Wi-Fi and get to work. And remember – never panic, no matter what while traveling!

The fifth point – enjoy yourself!

Traveling is not about stress. Whatever you do, do it without fear and panic. Whatever happens to you on your travel, accept it and stay calm. You will find a way and everything will eventually fall into place. Listen to your heart and intuition, they know the way. Enjoy yourself. Relax. Admire the adventure! Once you get back home, you will never be the same again.