This year has been a tough one. Plenty of us have had incomes affected and no one really knows how things are going to play out in the months ahead. If you're craving a low-cost Australian holiday over the summer period then relax - there are plenty of ways to recharge and refresh without breaking the bank. Best of all, you can still support local businesses, so read on and get inspired!
Now that restrictions are easing, it's a great time to discover joy closer to home.
Book a hotel or apartment in your area - it will be easier to organise than travelling as you won't have the expense of flights or fuel prices to worry about. But you'll still get the benefits of fresh linens and a change of scenery!
Go to that place in town that you've always meant to visit but have never actually gone to. Whether museums are your thing, or the kids have been begging to visit the zoo or you've had an experience on your bucket list that you've been saving for a rainy day, there are plenty of attractions who are missing their regular tourist crowds and will welcome your visit. Some offer free entry, but if not, ask your travel consultant about buying tickets.
Another way to save a bit of coin is to stock up on yummy food that's too good for every night of the week, but is cheaper than taking the whole crew out to a restaurant. Think about it - for $30 or $40 per meal plus the price of drinks, how far will those dollars stretch at your local farmers market or village shops? And once you've purchased your gourmet goods, think about the memories you'll create when you're cooking together at home.
The Camping Mission
Got an old tent in the back of the shed? Now is its time to shine. In Australia, camping is a great option for those looking for a cost-effective holiday. If you don't have all the gear, chances are you'll know someone that does. Shop around for anything you're missing - buy and swap sites or op shops are the perfect way to stock up on still-good camping equipment.
Keep in mind, you might need a 4WD depending on where you’re headed. And make sure you’re informed about local wildlife to watch out for. Camping is an incredible way to relax, get away from it all and absorb idyllic Australian landscapes. When you’re looking up at the uninterrupted stars, believe us - it will all be worth it!
If staying in a tent is a little too intrepid for you, there are plenty of campsites and holiday parks to choose from. They’ll have a range of accommodation on offer – chalets, on site cabins, powered sites and the like, and varying amenities available - flush toilets, showers and sometimes even barbecues and pools! Yes, you still pay but it can be considerably less than staying in a hotel or renting a house. Take a comfy fold out chair, a good book and a decent-sized esky - the stress of this year will be gone in no time!
The short and Sweet
If you like the finer things in life but you’re conscious of your budget, we have a solution to help you save. Cut the length of your trip in half! If you usually take two weeks off for your summer getaway, make it one instead and will significantly reduce your costs. You’ll have half the meals out, half the hotel bill and half the entertainment costs.
That doesn’t mean you’ll miss out on any of your favourite getaway activities - in fact, you’ll be able to enjoy them guilt-free! Knowing you’ve only got half the time on this trip will make every moment more special. Do all of your favourite relaxing activities - get a massage, lounge by the sea with a cocktail and experience delicious meals out at beautiful eateries.
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