Living & Travelling on a budget..Tips please

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1. Posted by nicnac (Full Member 69 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!


I was interested to have everyones ideas/tips on travelling on a budget.
Im planning a trip to oz and nz, however unable to work due to visa requirements.
Im going to be on a very tight budget.

Any tips would be most gratefully received.


2. Posted by Tazza (Full Member 57 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!


Even though you don't have a working visa, some backpacker places still let you do a bit of work for a free night's accom, and dinner. Yes they're naughty but it does help!!

Also, I always find i end up spending HEAPS more money on food than I really should. If you go and buy pre-packaged/canned food from the supermarket I found I saved a fair bit of moolah. Eg, if you go and buy a box of breakfast bars, that's 8 days worth of brekkys for $3.

You can also make your tissues go a lot further by only using one ply at a time!! Yes, I am a poor, sad girl! :(


3. Posted by Peter (Admin 6632 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Ok, here's some ideas

Like was said by tazza, don't eat out - go for the supermarket food (BIG SAVER!!)

Get a bottle and keep filling it up with tap water (this should be clean anywhere in Aus pretty much)

Do your laundry by hand and not at a laundromat

Find a cheap phone calling card to ring back home with rather than public phones

Don't travel around too much - decide carefully where you want to go. Perhaps for Australia I would recommend you stay in Melbourne or Sydney (Mel may be somewhat cheaper) for some time and just see if you can split driving costs with anyone who is going to see something. Don't worry too much about missing out on things, because there is a lot to be said for really experiencing one place rather than briefly visiting a hundred places! Count on coming back one day - why wouldn't you ?

If you have a craving for magazines, buy some at a second hand store (totally out of date, but sometimes have interesting reading in them). Generally, satisfying shopping cravings at second hand stores is a good idea.

Find some free things to do. One idea, which I mean to try out for fun one day is going on a conservation day tour. They have free ones in Melbourne and you do a bit of work helping the wildlife, but also get driven out somewhere into the bush and see some things you wouldn't otherwise. You can also do overnight ones for a very small fee (really only covers food and bare minimum accommodation). Seems cool, but haven't tried it yet :)

The best of them all: find some relative or acquaintance to show you around or even put you up temporarily!!

Hope this is of some help. Cheers, Peter

4. Posted by kellytree (Budding Member 11 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

if you don't mind doing some volunteer work you could always check out WWOOF --- its a great organization (if you like farms) .

5. Posted by Suzzy (Budding Member 13 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

hey, i'm goin to oz too! when are you going? we might be able to go some of it together?
i'll be travelling with mccafferty's prolly, sydney-cairns and then flying back down to sydney to get my flight back. i'll arrive 24th june, leave 3rd august.
hope to hear from ya soon!

6. Posted by nicnac (Full Member 69 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hi Suzy,
Thanks for your reply. I wish I was going soon but Im not leaving the uk until 2nd October.

Hope you enjoy your travels.


7. Posted by mtnfreak (Full Member 31 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

A good way to save money if you want to do trips out of major cities, is to check out the local bushwalking/tramping clubs (or any other type of outdoor activity..). You can often walk with clubs as a visitor, either for free or a few $, plus chipping in for petrol....they might also have longer trips. Melbourne's YHA bushwalking club has overnight walks or long weekends to different parts of Victoria, and they get group discounts on accomodation...

This site has links to many mountaineering/tramping clubs in NZ & around the world -