I lost track of how many people told me that Australia was an expensive place to travel. You should live a luxurious lifestyle if so. Australia, if anything of the cheapest places I have ever traveled, has earned a lot of money when I was there, which is actually enough to take 4 months of work. It is clear that people, especially young people on their backs, go to the wrong places, may be uninformed, poorly prepared, or spend money the wrong way. Here are the 12 reasons to prove wrong, all from my own experience of living in Australia:
Camping outside – cheap and cheerful
1. Sleep – Although hostels are great, take a break from them. Don't spend your entire time in drunk houses! Camping is the best option for cheap travel in Australia. A tent can be purchased for $ 15 – $ 20 and on some nights you will camp for free. Make it your home for the next few months as you "carry" back around the floor. Most camps have toilets and showers, many close to places where you can get part-time or temporary jobs.
2. Eating – If you insist on eating out – head to bars that offer steaks worth $ 10 and such offers. They are often thrown into a beer or soft drink for this purpose. One of the tricks I used while I was in Australia was to watch the pubs that offer great cheap meals and the times they are applied. I found that most of them especially lunch time. In this case, it is difficult to move your main meals during the day from dinner to lunch. Eat cereal and toast for breakfast. Don't be afraid to venture into Hungry Jacks or McDonald's for a cheap breakfast as well. Hungry Jacks also offers unlimited packages – get a bottle. Will not chase paid customers. And McDonald's has free Wi-Fi. If all else fails to stick to vegemite sandwiches! from first class!
"He just smiled and gave me a vegemite sandwich"
3. Transportation – Don't fly around Australia! I spent almost two years living there and never used an internal flight once. Use Greyhound and book early, or better yet – get to know other people, buy a car and turn it off – you have got your own car now that you can sleep in and go to camp sites. Share gasoline costs and even get a job and share elevators to work. If you get a greyhound, you have to get it at night to save money on accommodation (simple, obvious things on the way). Gumtree, hostel bulletin boards and travel sites also offer car sharing options.
4. Obtaining a work visa (of some kind) – I cannot understand how those who qualify for a business holiday visa in Australia do not use it. The number of travelers I met in Australia who said "We are only here for 3 months, so we don't work", then we followed it "This place is dear", well why didn't you just get a work visa after that? Even working for only a week or two in Australia can earn you more than one thousand Australian dollars.
5. Entrance Fees – Again, it seems obvious but you don't pay to enter places – there are a lot of free things you can see and do in Australia. Walking for one, some amazing landscapes to see, beaches (completely free), masquerades (make your own costumes for free), and museums are often also free admission (including Canberra's stunning war memorial), such as walking through a harbor Sydney Bridge. If you want to see Koalas and Kangaroos – all this can be done for free. The Kennet River on the Great Ocean Road is a great place to watch koala at sunrise. It's hard to miss a kangaroo and a door.
Why pay for things when this type of viewing is free? (Sunrise in South Victoria, 2010)
6. Coupons, coupons, tokens – the number of travelers I met who did not bother to pick up those brochures, flyers, etc. that lurked at bus stops, airports, bars, hostels, tourist information centers etc. – I kept carrying these booklets and finding money from Coupons, savings on tours, etc. Bars often offer a free drink to entice you – get in, have free beer and leave.
The Australian dollar goes a long way when traveling
7. Value Brands Woolworths and Coles – I remember meeting two English girls who complain about the price of everything in Australia while eating Del Monte orange juice for breakfast with Kellogg's Cornellakes! If you can't take yourself in a mattress or two for a few weeks or months by buying valuable brands, you won't honestly have any basis to stand behind in that you talk about the price of things!
8. Nightclubs after 10pm – Have you really gone to Australia just to attend expensive nightclubs? I definitely did not! You will notice that after 9pm or 10pm (especially on weekends) the price of drinks increases. Seriously for all those backpackers in Australia – get yourself in a planner, a box of goon and some buzz and sit with your new found friends.
Take advantage of free WiFi at McDonald's Australia
9. Internet – I also met two players in Brisbane complaining about the price of the Internet. I never paid once to use the Internet in Australia. Leave Facebook alone so you really need it. What do you think about travelers 20 years ago from the likes of Facebook? exactly! Meet people in the hostel and camp and hang out with them. I went for 5 weeks without internet connection when I was in Tasmania. I had some travel experiences and tales at the time that I wasn't sitting on Facebook! If you really, really insist on using the Internet in Australia at least be smart about it – maximize your use of it when you get it for free at a hostel while using it. The location of the next camp or hostel may not be or may be charged. If everything else fails, bring a small laptop with you, buy the cheapest coffee at McDonald's and sit down and use the free Wi-Fi (free throughout Australia and usually for about 20 minutes).
10. Don't book things in advance. Why pay an online deposit for a hostel that will stay next week? Scared will sell? If this kind of thing happens at all, you will have your tent and can put her to sleep in the garden for $ 5, most hostels will pity you and let you sleep on her couches anyway. Book on the go, and if you are in the cheapest apartment building.
11. Washing – Clearly, wearing the same clothes over and over again, and manually washing them. I did it myself many time. If you really feel the need to use laundry, get 2-3 cotton buds on the sticks and stick them into the coin slots in the machines for a free wash. Most of you will read this trick. Well-known "secret" travelers.
12. Fake Student Identity – Again things get cheaper when you pull out a student car. No one really cares if it's fake or not. Try it out and save some dollars.
Honestly, this may sound like a rant, but in many ways, I just want to tell people that Australia is a wonderful country and a great place to go. It is cheap if you know what you are doing !! These are just a few of my tips – there are many ways to save money.
Go to Australia, economics, live cheap and love it. You'll probably enjoy better than the people you don't like and get rid of the price of the wonderful land underneath,