Travel to any global destination has both the potential to be extremely expensive and dirt cheap, depending on your ability to plan. For many of us students, traveling is contingent on staying within a specified budget. Whether or not you are from Australia, it is such a large continent that extensive travel on the cheap seems all but impossible. Still, there are various options out there to help you get started planning a trip in Australia that can be accomplished with minimum funds. Here are a few ideas:
- For free ground transportation, check out Transfer Car.
Although you may not have the time to take an extensive road trip through Australia, traveling through a continent known for its natural beauty is best done on the ground. If you intend on traveling by road, an exciting and free option is Transfer Car. The idea behind Transfer Car is that it is a mutual exchange of services that benefit both you (the driver) and the vehicle owner, who needs a car transported between two locations. Just check the website, look at what’s available, and find a completely free ride!
- 2. For free accommodations, look into Couch Surfing.
Couch Surfing has become an international phenomenon, and considering the large number of student backpackers who come to Australia, it is especially popular down under. The basic idea behind Couch Surfing is that a host will provide you accommodations in their home as a type of cultural exchange. Once you join the Couch Surfing community, you are encouraged to host travelers yourself, but you are not required to. According to the Couch Surfing website, there are over 80,000 Couch Surfers in Australia alone.
- 3. For free meals and lodging, volunteer through WWOOF.
If you are traveling in Australia, chances are that you are a lover of the outdoors. If you enjoy working with produce and animals in a farm setting as well, then Willing Workers on Organic Farms- Australia might be just the thing for you. WWOOF volunteers work with organic, family-run farms, doing various tasks like milking cows, picking fruit, mending fences, and more, for a few hours every day. In exchange, you’ll receive free lodging, meals, and you will essentially be treated like part of the family. Volunteering through WWOOF has the potential to be one of the most rewarding traveling experiences you’ve ever had.
- 4. For cheap air travel, research various smaller airlines.
Of course, Qantas is the most recognized of Australian airlines, but there are multiple smaller airlines that offer fares at a fraction of the cost. Tiger Airways is a perfect example of a much cheaper airline. Rex or Regional Express is another good option that offers a relatively cheap backpacker pass to internationals for unlimited travel during a specified period of time. Before purchasing tickets, check out WebJet.com.au, a website that compares fares throughout Australia.
As with any travel destination, going on holiday economically requires a bit of research and creativity. If you are ready to be flexible and adventurous, your next vacation doesn’t have to burn through your already limited student budget. Bon voyage!
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