Five Killer Tips for Travelling on a Budget

By Emma Merkas on 03/Sep/2012
Mortgage got you down? Think you can’t have a holiday right now just because there’s a recession going around?

There’s never been a better time to stimulate the global economy with a little trip away. And you don’t have to blow your own budget by lashing right out. Done right, you can have an amazing holiday at a fraction of what you’d usually expect to pay.

Here are our top five tips for travelling on the cheap.

1. Choose your destination wisely

A domestic flight may seem like the cheaper option, but your on-the-ground costs will beg to differ, particularly if you land in an Australian tourist mecca with pumped up tourist prices.

Destinations like Thailand, Bali and Vietnam offer beautiful holiday experiences at a fraction of the cost. You’ll get beautiful accommodation for under $100 (and good accommodation for much cheaper still if you’re not too fussy). Meals clock in at under $10, tuk-tuk rides are paid for with pocket change and massages are so economical you’ll consider indulging in more than one a day.

2. Be where the action is

Pick accommodation that’s right in the middle of the action. Catching cabs, hiring a car or taking public transport will all start to eat away at your daily budget.

Better for your hip pocket if you can be within walking distance to all the fun things you want to do while you’re on holiday, whether that be the beach, the city centre, cultural sights and theme parks or just a great bar.

3. Contain yourself!

Wherever in the world you end up, try booking a self-contained apartment rather than a hotel room. Do a big shop at the supermarket when you arrive to stock up on ingredients for meals and snacks. It needn’t be every meal you eat in (you’re on holiday after all!) but it will cut down your expenses dramatically.

4. Break up Longer Flights

On a longer flight, consider breaking it up into shorter flights using budget airlines. SkyPicker is great at connecting budget airlines and can save you $100s on your next holiday.

5. Discount Vouchers

Once your trip is planned and your destination is decided, register for the local LivingSocial and Groupon deals a few months out from your trip.

You’ll find dinners, theme parks, massages, day spas and tours all up to 70% off the retail price. Make sure you read the fine print ahead of time to make sure you can use them while you’re on your vacation, then sit back and enjoy the (discount) spoils of your excellent foresight.
By Emma Merkas on 03/Sep/2012

Tagged as: budget travel, save money, holiday planning