While studying many students want to explore Australia. Here are some student tips for budget travelling. Travelling is amazing, and it can be expensive! There are many ways to save when travelling, enabling you to get a lot more for your money, and do and see more things when you are exploring new countries.
Booking ahead usually saves you more money, as last minute flights tend to be more expensive. Different days of the week carry different costs to tickets, as well as different times of the year, and different times of the day. Try to book your tickets in advance, in off-peak seasons. It’s best to check your destination to see when the peak and off-peak timeframes occur, as this can vary on seasons, public holidays, and school holidays. Tuesday is usually the cheapest day of the week to travel, and if you have choice, try and book tickets early in the morning or late at night as the prices drop at these times. Also, using an incognito search window or a different VPN might benefit you, as companies may base their prices from where you are looking and inflate prices.
Before you Fly
Check your airline’s baggage restrictions to avoid paying extra for baggage. Some companies advertise prices that do not include checked baggage, and you could be up for charges upon checking in if you have more than what is restricted for your ticket price. Airlines are getting strict on weight restrictions as well; be sure you weigh your bag at home so that you’re not hit for extra charges at the airport. Pack a stainless steel drink bottle in your carry on; they are environmentally friendly, reuseable/refillable, and keep your water cold for up to 24 hours. They will save you the expense of buying water at the airport; most eateries will refill your water at no cost, and it will continue to keep you hydrated during the rest of your travels. Check your phone plan and if you have roaming; these charges are usually quite high. You can save yourself a lot of money by purchasing a local SIM card once you get to your destination.
Bus or Train
Taking a bus or a train on a long journey is usually less expensive, and a great way to see a country. If you are flexible with your travel times, you can also save money by booking a ticket for a night journey. Most trains on longer journeys have sleeper carriages, which can save you on accommodation by travelling overnight.
One of the most expensive parts of travelling is accommodation. There are many options available depending on your budget and flexibility. Look for options that suit your needs. Homestay is economical, safe, and also can provide meal options at a low cost. Other options are backpackers, hostels, budget motels and rentals but watch out for hidden extras like utilities, bond – security deposits as these can quickly add up.
If you have the means, preparing your food for your journey or when you’ve arrived at your destination will save you a significant amount of money. It also gives you the opportunity to eat the foods you enjoy, and to stay healthy! It is always good to keep some muesli bars in your bag when travelling; they provide energy and are easy to eat on the go. Many hostels have food inclusive in their fees. Homestays provide nutritious meals and are inclusive in the nightly rate. If you are dining out, having a bigger lunch or brunch will carry you over to dinner. Also, lunches are usually less expensive than dinners when dining out. Many eateries in Australia offer discount meals on Tuesdays. Remember to stay hydrated while travelling.
Using public transportation can save you a bundle of money, and is also a great way to get around and see local sites. Many countries have travel passes or cards you can purchase at little or no cost to use on public transport. Walking not only provides you great exercise, but also allows you the opportunity to experience nature, people and culture up close. Opt for walking tours as they are less expensive. Try to get to know some locals; they can provide you with information not always available to the public, and can share local knowledge on a range of topics that can save you time and money. Do some research and try to visit some of the hidden gems rather than the mainstream tourist venues; this will not only provide you with a unique experience, but also save you from the pricey tourist traps. Depending on your destination, you might also look into buying a second hand bicycle. Sites like Facebook Marketplace or Gumtree are great for picking up a bargain. Just remember in some countries you must wear a helmet by law.
Free or Discounted Events
Have a look to see if there are any free events or classes in the area. Many communities offer free events, and it is a great way to experience local talent. Check for any student discounts when buying tickets to any events. Local council websites and tourism sites also promote community events and are a great source of information.