Every backpacker wants to travel as long as possible. Unfortunately, money plays an important role in this. We help you by giving you some money-saving tips for backpacking. By saving in this way while traveling you can hopefully add a number of extra weeks to your journey. To help you keep your dream trip affordable, here are a few thrifty ways to stretch your travel dollar further in Australia.
11 Money Saving Tips
Take your student card with you! In some clubs/tours you get a lot of discounts with a student card.
- Pack lightly
We recommend leaving home with no more than 15kg in your backpack. You will have more room for that new wardrobe you buy when you stopover in South East Asia, for example, and you will avoid those pesky extra baggage fees. Chances are you will live in your swimmers and flip flops anyway!
- Find a travel buddy (or several!)
This will allow you to share the cost of things like taxis and cooking as well as save you loads in general.
- Don’t drink every day (or at least try not to!)
Good for your wallet and for your liver! We promise this will be harder than it sounds when every day is the weekend!
- Get a Peterpans-membercard /Wristband
This gives you free internet and WIFI all over Australia – great for skyping home. You also get $1000’s worth of discounts and freebies on things like activities, haircuts, gym memberships, meals and drinks
- Go to the Grocery Store
Learn how to cook a few cheap meals and hit up the local supermarkets as you travel rather than eating out every night. Woolworths, Coles and Aldi are the three main supermarkets. Beware of the $5 meals at backpacker bars, you will usually come away spending way more than you intended on beer while you wait for you meal!
- Get tips from the locals!
Locals are the best source of information and are a great way to find out about those secret locations not featured in the tourist guides for a great free day out
- Visit the Liquor Store
Most hostels have great communal areas, so it is cheaper to grab some beers from the liquor store and get social at the hostel rather than paying top dollar in the pubs. If you can’t bear to stay home and party, do what the Aussies do and ‘pre-drink’ before you go out, so you aren’t as tempted to buy as many drinks.
- Make the most of overnight busses and trains
It’s not the most comfortable sleep in the world, so do invest in an inflatable pillow for those overnight bus trips. These save you a few nights’ accommodation.
- Be aware of the $5 meals at backpacker bars
In a lot of bar/pubs they have offer especially for the backpackers.
- Try Couch Surfing!
Hostels are sometimes pretty expensive and couch surfing is free. You also get in contact with locals, who can tell you a lot about the destination.