Saving Money on Accommodation Australia

If you’re planning on travelling around Australia then you will obviously need somewhere to stay. Unless you’re a strange new breed of traveller who doesn’t need to sleep, it’s safe to assume that you’ll be looking at different types of accommodation for your travels.

It’s a fixed cost, and it’s one that you can plan with plenty of time, so make sure that you search around for some good deals. Accommodation is one of the most expensive parts of travelling. But if you make sure that you’re booking with plenty of time then you can ensure that you have looked around then you can make sure that you’re getting the best deals.

There are a number of ways you can save money on your accommodation. So if you are backpacking around Australia then you’ve come to the right place!

Hospitality Exchanges

This is a great way to get free accommodation. That’s right – free. Stay with someone local and you’ll get a free place to rest your head as well as some great info about the local area. There are many websites online which show you who is available to share their house with. So many travellers recommend this way of doing things, because you get such a unique experience.

Many people are apprehensive about trying this because they worry about it being safe. However, everyone on these sites are rated by people who have stayed with them. Many of them are former travellers and know what you’re going through so are happy to open their homes to like-minded people.

Hostels

For saving money on accommodation Australia, hostels are the Holy Grail. Many people think of hostels as a young person thing, or places which are dirty and gross. This couldn’t be more untrue of many hostels in Australia. Lots of these places offer single rooms, double rooms and smaller rooms for those who aren’t comfortable staying with strangers. A lot of hostels in Australia also offer more features than many hotels, making them great alternatives.

If you’re travelling in a group then you can book a big room for your whole group and then you won’t have to stay with strangers. However if you’re travelling on your own and don’t mind getting up close and personal with people you don’t know then hostels are perfect. The bigger the room, the bigger the cost – so remember that when booking.

Short term rentals

These are perfect for those who know they are going to be staying in one place for a while, or for those who want a base that they can set out from. These short term rentals work well for those on a budget because you can choose whether to rent a room or an entire place. This means you can choose something to suit your budget. Most of the places here are also really nice, modern and well looked after.

Australia in particular has a good reputation for apartments which are rented on a week-by-week basis. If you’re travelling on your own then they can be more expensive than some of the other options on this list. But if you’re in a small group then these are a great choice. It means that everyone in your group can stay together in your very own little apartment. You can get the use of a kitchen here, meaning you can cook your own meals – further reducing your costs.

For people who are after something a little different there are two more options for cheap accommodation. Farm stays and Monastery stays.

This sounds a little weird at first, but bear with us. There are many farms where you can stay for free or a reduced cost, as long as you help out around the farm. There are basic camping facilities or luxury rooms – so where you stay depends on your budget. You can also stay on farms for a small fee, without having to do any of the work.

The really different accommodation on this list is staying at a monastery. These places are not luxurious by any means, but for those looking for something off the beaten track then they are perfect. All the meals are prepared by the monks and nuns, and they are happy to talk to you about their way of life. Great for those who want to learn a little on their travels. Most of these places simply ask for a donation – so the price is up to you.

Do you have any other tips for saving money on accommodation Australia? Let us know!

Backpacking Australia doesn’t have to be an expensive affair. With the tips provided above, you can still have fun while travelling on a budget.

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Save Money by Living and Working in the Australian Outback

Save Money by Living and Working in the Australian Outback

Save Money by Living and Working in the Australian Outback

If you want to travel to Australia then you’re not alone. Hundreds of young people every year choose to go here as part of their travel experiences and nobody regrets it. Labelled as a once in a lifetime experience, many people find that once isn’t enough and go back time and time again. However, it is expensive to keep travelling back and forth.

Once you take into account the accommodation, flights and eating and drinking for the time that you’re over there, the costs really do stack up. There are many ways to help you save money while travelling in Australia, and we have many other guides that can help give you tips and advice on saving money with road trips, saving money on food shopping and the cheapest places that you can visit during your travels.

One of the best ways people can save money while travelling in Australia is by living and working there. Having a working holiday will mean that you’re actually earning money while you’re staying there so you are self-funding your own travels. There are many different things you can do for work in Australia, and each job will come with its own pros and cons.

Save Money by Living and Working in the Australian Outback – Working on farms 

One of the more popular jobs that people do, especially in more rural Australia is working on farms. The reason that these are so popular is because usually the farms will provide people with accommodation while they’re working there and they can also pass on people to different farms all over the country. This is perfect for those who want to see a lot of the country and want to keep working and earning money. Usually with farm work you are provided with a place to live and one or two days off per week. Because you are also working for accommodation, the wages aren’t as high as some other jobs but don’t forget that you are getting meals and a bed too.

Save Money by Living and Working in the Australian Outback – Working in Restaurants/Bars

Another really popular job option for people living in Australia is working in restaurants and bars. Because of the major cities that are all around the coast of Australia there are plenty of opportunities for people to get jobs in bars and restaurants. These are often a really good option for people who also want to travel because a lot of the shift patterns in bars is night work meaning your days are free to travel around the cities and explore. The downside to this kind of work is that you will have to find your own accommodation, but this is all part of the fun. Working in hospitality is a great way to meet new people. Don’t forget when you are travelling that meeting new people is one of the best ways to experience new things. You get to find out new places that locals will recommend to you that you wouldn’t hear of otherwise.

It’s worth looking around at what kind of benefits different kinds of jobs offer as there are different things from each job. Some kinds of jobs will give you free accommodation such as the farm jobs. Other jobs will provide you with meal supplements which is a great way to save money as you can fill up using this and not have to spend too much of your own money on eating. There are many schemes out there which are available for people looking to work and save in Australia, without missing out on any of the traditional travel experiences.

 

Did you know there are over $540 million unclaimed Australian Superannuation payments? Let’s make sure yours not going to end up on the unclaimed pile  Apply for your Superannuation Refund today.

 

Five Money Saving Hacks for Travelling Australia

Five Money Saving Hacks for Travelling Australia

Five Money Saving Hacks for Travelling Australia

Travelling around Australia is a must on every travel-lovers bucket list. A huge country with expansive desert, amazing coastlines, stunning scenery and wonderful people. Travelling Australia is a great experience and everyone who is passionate about travel should do it at least once in their life.

However, travelling like this doesn’t come cheap. For most travellers, going to Australia involves long flights which don’t come cheap, as well as figuring out places to stay and making sure you don’t starve while you’re there. If this is a place you are planning on visiting but don’t want to go bankrupt in the process then you’ve come to the right place. Here are five money saving hacks for travelling Australia on a budget.

Think about where to stay

Many people envision their trip to Oz as being full of beautiful hotels or glamorous villas but the reality is far different. Unless you’ve recently won the lottery you may want to consider saving money on your trip by staying in hostels. Every good sized town will have at least one hostel meaning you will have plenty of choice when planning your travels. Not only that, but hostels are great places for meeting likeminded travellers and making new friends.

You can also choose to camp in the many different places which are available all throughout the country. Some of these places offer free accommodation and some charge a small fee but either way you will be saving money by choosing to camp.

How you are going to get around

If you’re planning a long visit to the land down under then you may want to consider buying a car or van. Although this seems like the expensive choice up front, you are actually more likely to save money in the long run, as opposed to renting. If you plan on travelling around the country a lot then this can save you money. Even better if you can afford to buy a cheap van which could double up as a place to lay your head at night.

Take into account eating

It sounds obvious but it is something that many people overlook when planning a trip somewhere. If you’re looking to travel Australia on a budget then you will need to factor in how much food is going to cost you. We’re not saying that you need to skimp the whole time – you should go out at least once to truly experience the culture – but cooking your own food is often a much cheaper way of travelling. You can buy cheap food at local stores and cook it yourself in bulk which can last you days. Many hostels have shared kitchens and a lot of parks in Australia have barbecues which are free for public use.

Watch your spending

When you’re actually over there, the temptation to spend can sometimes get too much. It’s so easy to offer to buy your new friends another round without thinking about how you’re going to afford food the next week. Things like drinking and shopping are incredibly easy ways to watch your budget go up without even really trying. If you’re on a budget then plan each day or week and make sure you stick to this budget – no matter the temptation. Always make sure to have some back up money in case you get really stuck.

Enjoy the freebies

Many cities and towns all over Australia will have free museums and tours that you can opt for instead of paying out. This is perfect for those who want to experience a bit of culture without breaking the bank. You can learn more about the amazing place that Australia is, without having to bankrupt yourself. There’s also many national parks in the country – some of which are free to enter. Consider these options when planning your Australia trip.

 

Did you know your employer has been saving money for you! For the whole time you have been in Australia on working visa, your employer set aside 9.5% of your wages in Superannuation fund and when you leave Australia at the end of your visa you’re eligible to Apply for your Superannuation Refund !

 

Australia’s Most Affordable Cities for Working Holiday Makers

Australia’s Most Affordable Cities for Working Holiday Makers

Australia’s Most Affordable Cities for Working Holiday Makers

If you’ve read any of our other posts then you will know why Australia is such a good destination for holiday makers. But you will also know that it is one of the more expensive places for young travellers to visit. This is why many people visiting the land down under choose to go on working holidays.

Working holidays consist of people who get work visas to visit a country, and get jobs doing various activities so they can fund their travels as they go. There are lots of different schemes out there where you get a job and accommodation through your work. Like any normal job, you will get a set amount of time off each week and a small allowance to help get you through. However, you can also choose to find your own work and many young people who do this work in restaurants, bars, café or even as babysitters/nannies.

If you’re thinking about going down the working holiday route, then you need to read on for advice on Australia’s most affordable cities for working holiday makers.

Gold Coast

The Gold Coast is one of the most famous destinations in Australia, and for good reason. With amazing nightlife, vibrant beaches and plenty of other young people – you will feel right at home. Because it is home to Bond University, the Gold Coast is home to plenty of young people and restaurants, bars and cafes too. This makes it perfect for those looking to find work but because of the huge student population, the prices are normally cheaper than other places.

Wollongong

Strange name aside, this city is incredibly close to Sydney, meaning that you don’t have to miss out on the amazing experience of Sydney. This is a popular option for those who want to go on a working holiday because of its proximity to Sydney means that there are often plenty of work opportunities nearby. And because it’s not quite in the borough of Sydney, there is a lot of nightlife for a fraction of the price.

Adelaide

Of all of Australia’s major cities, Adelaide is the cheapest and most affordable to live in. Not only that but it is also widely regarded as the food and wine capital of Australia, and the open spaces mean that it really is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It has state of the art transport which means it’s perfect for people who are working and want to get around easily. Adelaide really is one of the best places for working holiday makers and anyone looking to work in the country should consider moving here.

Brisbane

Among Australia’s most affordable cities for working holiday makers,  Australia’s third largest city and capital of Queensland should mean that Brisbane is one of the more expensive cities on this list, but it’s actually one of the cheapest for people looking for working holidays. Unlike many of the other cities in Oz, Brisbane often has a cooler climate, and although it still experiences lush hot days, it doesn’t get quite as warm as the rest of the country. Public transport is excellent, meaning that you can easily get from place to place and the suburbs of this city are not only cheap and affordable but well designed and safe.

 

Planning ahead is a good thing when it comes to money. If you’re thinking of move to Australia for working holiday may be you want to think about getting your tax back from the government. But most people forget about their superannuation refund. Apply for your refund now!