The mistake a lot of us make is thinking that being on a budget means we have to miss out on things like family trips. The truth is, if you’re willing to save like crazy and do your research to find the best deals, you can visit anywhere. Don’t believe me – I just saved up for a budget-friendly family trip to Disneyland so I know it’s doable. If I can do it, you can too!
Australia is the place that lots of families dream of visiting but because of the high prices it’s known for, it can seem a little out of reach. However, that doesn’t have to be the case, if you’re smart about it, you can keep costs low, no matter your location.
For all the best tips and tricks for planning a budget-friendly trip to Australia, have a read of this.
Find budget-friendly airfare
The most expensive part of planning a trip to Australia is, of course, the airfare. Plane tickets to Australia don’t come cheap, so if you want to ensure your trip stays within your budget, you need to be smart about your plane tickets. Keep an eye out for any deals or discounts and work out the cheapest time to fly – the evenings are most often cheapest.
If you collect air miles, you could trade them in for money off your tickets. The great thing about air miles is that kids can get them too, so your little ones may have air miles built up that you didn’t even know about. Obviously, flying out of season goes without saying.
Research the most budget-friendly locations
Like any location, there are places in Australia that are cheaper than others to visit. You’ll find that popular cities, like Sydney, Melbourne, and Adelaide, are all pricey, but the less well-known cities are not. When you’re on a budget, finding an affordable place to visit is incredibly important.
Cairns, for example, isn’t as expensive as these places, so is a better option for a family holiday. Plus, being the home of the Great Barrier Reef, it has plenty of beach and water activities to keep your little ones occupied. As well as these types of activities, there are also plenty of other things to do in Cairns for visitors of all ages.
Look for accommodation that is discounted
Accommodation can be seriously expensive if you’re not smart about where you book it from. Take your time to look online for resorts and independent accommodation that is affordable. To keep costs low, your best bet is to opt for self-catered accommodation.
Hotels are often a lot more expensive because they include breakfast and use of the on-site facilities. So if you’re on a budget, it’s best to steer clear of hotels. Unless, of course, you find a fantastic deal.
I told you that you could plan a family trip to Australia on a budget. The most important thing when it comes to budget travel is planning ahead. As well as being willing to do adequate research into all the best deals and discounts.