Budget travel in Australia

Budget travel in Australia

There is no question about it…Australia is a large country. It can be quite daunting to try and decide what mode of transportation best suites your travel, time and budget needs. Fortunately, Australia offers a variety of affordable options for those wishing to create an individualized travel experience. Hire a campervan, vehicle relocation, hop-on-hop off services or taking the Greyhound are just some of the options available for tourists looking to get from a to b.

There is an incomparable feeling of fun and freedom as you hit the open road in a hired campervan to discover Australia. The independence of creating your own itinerary on your own schedule and having your own vehicle to travel and sleep in is a travelers dream. There are several companies that cater to backpackers and budget travelers and mostly offer 2, 3 and 5 seat options. If you have the budget to do so, this can be a great option. Prices range from about $40-$55 AUD per day for 2 people and come with camping equipment and a variety of campervan features. Keeping in mind you must also budget for caravan park rates, petrol, additional insurance and extra fees if you don’t plan on dropping off at the same pick up location. Wicked, Apollo and Mighty Campers are well known companies that market to backpackers. Go to: hostels, caravan parks and travel agents to investigate information on which campervan companies may suit your travel needs for specific areas.

Budget travel Australia

Vehicle relocation can be the budget traveler’s best friend. Vehicle relocation is when people who hire campervans or cars drop them off in one location and the company needs to get them back to another location in a short amount of time. Tourists can relocate a vehicle for as little as one dollar per day, sometimes the company is so eager to get the vehicle back they may even cover the partial or full fuel costs. If you are able to relocate a campervan, you have all the benefits of all the amenities of renting one but for a fraction of the cost. This is such a good deal but as always with good deals, there are a few extra details to take into consideration. Vehicle relocation is a great way to get somewhere quickly. You are given a set amount of time and a mileage allowance to relocate the vehicle, so there is not a lot of time for touring off the beaten path. You must be flexible with dates as companies have pre-determined the dates they need the vehicles moved by and popular routes book up quickly. Some extra costs to take into consideration include extra insurance, Caravan Park or hostel fees and fuel if it is not covered by the company. All things considered, if you need to get somewhere quickly, vehicle relocation can be a great road trip that’s easy on the wallet.

The bus is also a popular mode of transportation among budget travelers. If you want to create your own trip but also travel within the safety of a group, a service like the Oz Experience might work well for you. The Oz Experience is a hop on-hop off service that travels different routes throughout Australia and comes equipped with a tour guide can help you plan your adventure. It’s a good way to meet others who have similar travel itineraries and budgets. You can choose how long you want to stay at each location but the bus doesn’t go every single day so you’ll be wise in planning ahead

Probably the most well known bus option amongst backpackers is the Greyhound. The most budget friendly option, the Greyhound is a great way to get from one place to another in fairly short amount of time. Working on a 24 hour clock, the Greyhound does have some unique pick up and drop off times that can leave you scrambling to figure out what to do about accommodation at all hours of the day. You can, however, always plan to sleep on the bus! It is a cheap and reliable way to get around.

These are just a few of the options available for tourists on a budget. No matter how you decide to get there, take the time to research what way will be the best for you…and your wallet.

Date posted: 29th December, 2014

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