After working in Australia you’ll be due a Superannuation Refund. And what better way to spend your Super Savings then by going on a Super Holiday.
Well, here at backpay.com we value saving money deeply and in the good words of the money guru Warren Buffet, it’s important you “Never Lose Money”. After working in Australia a holiday somewhere a drink doesn’t cost you $10-20 will be more than appreciated and some time being a backpacker will do you wonders. A bit of thrifty travel is good for the sole and the best part is that you get to experience new cultures and connect with yourself again.
We’ve scoured the web for some of the best tips and advice of how to save money on travel after working in Australia.
Get Savvy – Saving Money on Flights and Travel
Save Money on your flights by searching for deals in advance. Check alternative flight times and routes. Another great tip when searching is to use incognito or private search windows on your computer. This stops websites being able to track your movements and will ensure you get shown the best rate. It is true that flight prices will increase when you’re searching so fight back with this handy tip on how to save money on travel.
We recommend the following websites for saving money on flights
How to save money on booking tours around the world
Planning on travelling to Asia, Europe, The Middle East, Africa, The Middle East, South America or the USA after your stint working in Australia?
How about booking tours? If you’re planning a trip to Asia, Europe or the Middle East check out Travel Talk Tours (www.traveltalktours.com), They have loads of cheap deals often with up to 50% off. For music inspired clubbing and culture tours with a twist check out Beats Travel (www.beats-travel.com)
For Africa on a shoestring we would suggest a visit to Encounters Travel (www.encounterstravel.com), you can literally do a trip for around 6 days from $489USD.
For the US check out Trek America (www.trekamerica.com)
And for South America we would like to introduce you to Bamba Experience (bambaexperience.com)
How to save money on excess baggage when travelling
This may seem like an obvious one but sell your stuff and pack light. Seriously how many times have you worn that dress in the last two years? Will you seriously wear that jacket back in Manchester? By selling some of your items you’ll have less to pack and therefore less excess baggage. Then before you head off your travels around Asia you can ship your essentials back to the UK and conveniently time your arrival back in two months the same time your computer and wardrobe content arrives. For the best cheap shipping to Australia we recommend Seven Seas Worldwide and if you use booking code BBM you’ll get a further 5% of your shipment. Bonus!
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Sort out your finances before you leave Australia
Before you leave Australia spend some time to sort out your finances. Find out if your bank charge a monthly fee. If they do consider moving to a new bank or closing your account. Do you need the account anyway if you’re leaving? You may want to keep some funds in Australia if the exchange rate isn’t good at the time. So in this case make sure you move the funds to a savings account. Australia generally has better rates than the UK so this may be a better option.
If you’re moving your money overseas consider using an FX company such as moneycorp.com or transferwise. Be careful though as some banks charge a fee regardless so sometimes you still end up paying more.
If you’re travelling after working in Australia then get yourself a travel credit card that allows you to load funds and not get charged on your transactions while overseas. monzo.com is a good option but others are available.
Claim your Superannuation Refund & Tax From Australia
Last but not least, claim your tax refund and your Superannuation refund from Australia. Before you go it’s a great idea to check with an agent like backpay.com to see if you’re owed any money from the ATO. Fill in their simple and easy to use online Super Refund application form. And if you want to enquire about an Australian tax refund email them at firstname.lastname@example.org or give the office a call.