how big of a budget do i need?

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1. Posted by mtlchica (Respected Member 922 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Heya everyone!

I'm thinking about doing the Australia thing for a couple months next spring (Feb/March)and I was wondering how big of a budget am I looking at? I'm all about the hostels and getting groceries instead of eating out all the time, so I can be a super-budget traveller. I have all my supplies from going back-packing last summer so I don't have to worry about that. I'm heading out from Canada, so I know my plane ticket will be super expensive, but I've come to grips with that ;)

Any suggestions?

Katie ;)

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


I did a bit of backpacking up north queensland this year with my mate and we had both planned on an absolute budget lifestyle. We had our own car so all we needed to pay for was petrol which we split, and accom where we found good quality $12 rooms, and we had decided to do the grocery thing too.

By the time we got back from 3 weeks on the road I had spent almost $2000 which I did not expect to at all!!! The thing that got me was all the activities we decided to do. When you make all the effort to travel to a new place you want to take in and do as much as possible, so I think the biggest portion of your budget should really be more on activities and less on what seem to be the necessities (accom, travel within the country, food etc) as weird as that may sound! What ever amount you do decide on, I would seriously add another $1000 for everything you're going to be tempted to try and do while you're out here!


3. Posted by mtlchica (Respected Member 922 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Thx for the info Taz! It was greatly appriciated!

Anyone out there from Canada or the US with budget recommendations? Just to have an idea of how much I need if you're travelling overseas like I will be!

Katie ;)