My Partner and me are planning a 6 month trip to Auz in June 2009. Starting in Perth and ending in Sydney for xmas and new years. We are both trying to save as much cash as we can (although how things are at the moment there is not much spare cash!!). Can anyone tell me how much money we would need budget for each month? We will be staying in hostels, and were thinking about travelling by road rather than air
Any advice would be great
in your post you dont say were you are from but i am going same time as you but for a year and am taking £6000 for 12 month . it all depends on how much activity you want to do etc and if your going to work while your out there if not i'd say £3000 each but other people may differ at end of day up to you as you know what you want to do while your out there .
$60-$70 (AUD) per day is about average for staying in hostels, cooking your own meals, travelling by bus to a new destination once or twice a week and doing an occasional activity. Since you're together, you can probably save some money on food (and probably travel quite a bit cheaper when you buy a car (assuming you can sell it for the same)), but I wouldn't count on less than $50-$60 per day per person.
So, over six months, you'd need about $10,000 (AUD) per person. (€5,400, $6,900 (USD), £4,300; That's at today's exchange rate; this has been extremely volatile for the Australian dollar; it's still quite beneficial right now, but by June it'll likely have returned to the same level as three months ago, in which case you'd need 10% more.)
Obviously it can be done cheaper if you live really frugally, or you could spend way more if you do many activities and go out drinking frequently - but this is a relatively good middle-of-the-road figure for what most backpackers would spend.
P.S. Book your accommodation for Christmas/New Years in Sydney no later than June. May or April would be preferable. Yes, it's that popular, and most places are booked full earlier and earlier each year.
[ Edit: Edited on Nov 6, 2008, at 6:00 AM by Sander ]
I spent £1200 per month in Oz (but the exchange rate was more favourable then at around 2.5 to the £ if I remember rightly). That was saying in dorms all the time, cooking in hostels most of the time, and not going out drinking etc very often. I did do several tours and quite a lot of activities though. I travelled by road (greyhound) most of the time but took a return flight from Adelaide to Perth which was around $300. It could be done cheaper than this as I probably could have been more careful, but at the same time you don't want to miss out on stuff - if you've travelled all that way and it's a once in a lifetime thing, you might as well do all the things you want while you are there.
Like Sander says, book early for christmas and new year. I booked in the July for Christmas '04 and didn't have much choice on where to stay as most of the hostels were full by then. I stayed at Base in central sydney which was pretty good - clean, sociable and a good location. A bit disorganised though - some people turned up having booked for new year, and were turned away as the hostel had double - booked. hopefully things have improved there since!
Just keep in mind as well that we have had an increase in alcohol tax's in the past 6 months so drinking out in Australia isn't very cheap. A smirnoff black ice premix 275ml bottle is usually $12 AUD in Brisbane, so if you are intending on going out a fair bit and drinking you might want to factor that in. Beer is about $5 AUD a pint and a glass of wine is about $6-7 AUD for the cheapest bottle, more at restaurants.
Have a great time!
IF you are looking at stretching that almighty dollar have a look at getting a discount card. they are great, and can save you money on most things. I had a look at a couple of them and got myself one call the Aussie Travel Saver, which i found really good, most of my savings were made on days tours and car rental and travel insurance might be worth a look. www.aussietravelsaver.com
I spent about 750 quid a month and i was there for about 3 months or so, i did the east coast, which i found expensive during the peak seasons, but have since been told they get a little cheaper in the off, which makes sense.
ave a good trip
Thanks for all of the good advice.
At least we know now how much we should be trying to save. We are going to get Working Visa's so if need be we will work whilst we are out there.
We will def pre-book our stay in Sydney, can anyone recommend a good hostel to stay in? Last time we travelled to Sydney we stayed at the YHA central hostel, not sure if this is still a good place to stay?
Any other good tips will be gratefully received.