My mate went travelling in oz for a year and came back with sizable debts. I on the other hand do not drink or smoke and find it very hard to form relationships with the opposite gender so technically i should have no extra expenses during my trip. Im going on 12 month working visa and hope to pay my own way thru work i find out there. Am i kidding myself? I got a few aussie mates. In adelaide, sydney, byron bay, melbourne and perth, and im hoping they might shed some light wen i get there. How do i minimalise costs in terms of travelling around the conutry? All words of advice will be gratefully accpeted.
its really good that you dont drink/smoke as that can significantly cut down your costs of travelling. HOWEVER, i dont really get what you mean when you said you dont really make friends with the opposite gender. you will be surprised how some of the opposite genders you are talking about are actually more adventurous than males! who knows, maybe you get to cut some travel costs when you have more friends who are willing to do the unbeaten road, sharing the fuel costs and camping equipment and stuffs.
its always a bonus to have friends in the country you are travelling in. however, do show that you really appreciate their effort in taking you around, providing you a shelter to stay etc. before you leave for another place. this way, you build stronger bonds and even though 5000 miles, the friendship can be just 5m away in heart.
you should be able to work your way through in aussie during your stay, provided that you stay thrifty. BUT not to a point where you calculate your everyday's expenses as that hurts your travelling spirit. why bother thinking about the cash since you are already out?! be thrifty, not too hard on yourself but i believe in being liberal with travellers who come across your path, whom you think can be friends for like - like a meal or drinks. oh yah! an occasional luxury will be an adding and boost for your spirit!
Apart from accomodation, food is a sizeable proportion of total travel expenses.
One way you can minimise your expenses a lot is avoid spending any prelonged periods of time in Sydney, avoid going to the less touristy regions of Western Australia which require you go on tours as they cost a small fortune. Also if you buy your food and drink from the supermarket as often as possible rather than relying mainly on food shops, you should save quite a bit. If you have water filling your water bottle up out of the tap should be safe in most places, so that'd save you more money.
I think if your friend came back with sizeable debts, he/she obviously didn't have enough to begin with and was also an idiot spending what he/she couldn't afford. My simple moto is if you don't have the cash to pay for it, don't buy it. If you stick to that you won't come back in debt. Set yourself a dily budget which is suitable to what you can afford and do what you can to stick under it most days. If you can stick $10 undre it for a week, that means you'll have one day next week where you could splurge on something a bit more special. Also if yout plan on travelling long distances in one hit, it may work out cheaper for you to book tickets on Jetstar or Virgin Blue than buying a bus or train ticket. This is often the case if you get the flights on special by booking a fair way in advance. If you wait until the last minute, the flights are always very expensive so book as far in advance as you can for any flights.
Have a great trip.
I found that the cheapest way to travel OZ and see everything that needs to be seen is by campervan.
Ive done it before, travelled a country and done it on the budget, but didnt get to see anything, then after a few months of travelling, return home and back at work and saying to myself, "I should of dont that" or " wish i did that".
What might sound expensive at the time, ($50 might sound expensive for a jet boat ride in sydney) but if you dont do it, you will regret it, and another flight is over $2000 to OZ.
We hired a campervan for our trip around oz, and saved us a packet.
No accomdation, cook our own meal etc.
the cash we saved doing it ourselves, we spend jet boating and doing fun expensive stuff.
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