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6 TIPS FOR SAVING MONEY WHEN TRAVELLING IN AUSTRALIA

This article is written by Jane Churchill

When you realise how big Australia truly is, it can seem incredibly overwhelming when trying to arrange some cheap travel plans. Unlike Europe, trains are incredibly expensive here and buses are less accessible. However, don’t fret! Here is some advice on how to travel within Australia without breaking the bank!

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1. Flying

Flights between major cities is actually incredibly affordable in Australia. On websites such as Google Flights and SkyScanner, you can fly return between most major cities (excluding Perth) for under $100.00 on discount airlines such as Jetstar and Tiger Airways. If you jump onto SkyScanner, enter your destinations and search “Whole Month” the cheapest travel dates will pop up for you. Flights can be as cheap as $25 from Brisbane to Sydney or $50 one way between Sydney and Melbourne.

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2. Ride Sharing
If you’re really trying to squeeze on costs, ride sharing is another great option. Some great websites to use are:
Share Ur Ride – shareurride.com.au
Life Social – lifesocial.com.au

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3. Utilise Social Media
Facebook and Instagram are great tools for connecting with other travellers. For example, a Facebook Group titled “Les Francaise en Australie” has over 23,000 members of active travellers who are constantly posting about different opportunities/car pooling. Other groups such as Melbourne Australia Backpacker/Traveler have almost 50,000 members! Search Facebook for groups from your country!

4. Stay in Hostels and Airbnbs
If you’re trying to travel cheaply then staying in a hotel will blow most of your budget. Hostels are not only cheap, but a great way to connect with other travellers. So don’t be afraid if you’re travelling solo, because you will be surprised how easy it is to make friends! A great website to search for hostels is Hostel Word.

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5. Couch Surfing
Couch Surfing is an app available on Android and iOS which allows you to connect and even stay for free with locals in your desired destination. This is a great way to get an authentic experience, however do be careful with who you choose. A good indicator of safety is through the reviews and ratings left by previous travellers who have stayed/met with this person.

6. Venture out from major cities
Although the major cities might seem the most attractive and accessible, if you’re trying to save money they won’t be your best bet. The average cost for one night in a dorm style hostel in Sydney is about $50-$60. Try some other destinations still within a close proximity to a major airport such as the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Wollongong, Newcastle & Nelson Bay and Byron Bay. All these places accomodate to travellers with sights to see and places to stay, but you will be spending significantly less on food and accommodation.

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