Understandably, the expense of travelling all the way to the land down under is the biggest concern for nearly all would-be vacationers. We know firsthand how quickly the travel related expenses can add up, with airline tickets and hotel fees the biggies that can have a big hit on your holiday budget before you even arrive at your destination. And unfortunately, for many people, their dream vacation often remains just that—a dream. It’s time to bring that dream into reality.
Whether you are coming for business or pleasure, as a family or seeking your solo travel trip of a lifetime, we want to see you making your trip to Australia a reality and the most memorable possible so here’s some top tips to save money visiting Australia.
Save money on your airfare….
Flights can be the most expensive part of your trip, and everyone wants to know how to get the best deal. The number one tip for affordable flying? Plan ahead!
One of the biggest mistakes you can make when planning a vacation is to book your flight at the last minute. Ticket prices often go up the closer you get to your departure date, so it’s in your best interest to do your research and find your flights ahead of time. When travelling internationally, the best time to book is about 6-12 weeks before your departure date. Book any later than that, and you risk paying the price—literally.
While griping about ticket prices is a favorite pastime of the well-traveled, the truth is that flights have actually gotten less expensive over the last few decades.
That’s right: that plane ticket you bought last summer would have cost you nearly twice as much 30 years ago. So in our opinion that means that Australia is the most affordable it’s ever been!
Websites like Travelocity and Expedia let you compare airlines and find the best rates. You can begin flight shopping a few months before your trip to get an idea of the range of ticket prices. Continue to check flight prices periodically, but remember to book at least six weeks before your planned trip, and always make sure that you read and understand the airline’s policies on things like cancellations and baggage fees.
Save money on accommodation…
While travellers benefit from booking flights ahead of time, the same rule doesn’t always apply when you’re searching for affordable accommodation. Start perusing sites like Kayak, Orbitz, and Hotels.com a few weeks before your trip to find the best rates, and check out these tips for finding family-friendly accommodation if you’re travelling to Melbourne with little ones. Also, don’t look past lastminute.com for some great last minute deals.
Save money seeing the big attractions…
If there is something we know about its how best to see the main attractions on your big adventure.
It’s a personal choice whether you decide to explore the local culture, sights and attractions on your own or whether you choose to join a guided tour. Either way it is beneficial to book any experiences as far in advance as possible to save money and disappointment.
Often booking tours and the like when you arrive in the destination can be more expensive and can incur a last minute booking fee. If you are travelling to Australia during the busier seasons such as the summer period then tours to some of the popular destinations can also be booked up in advance so we recommend booking yourself onto any tours at least four weeks prior to the tour date.
And if you want to get more bang for your buck, see more sights off the beaten track and really get under the skin of a city then a private tour is something to consider. We at I Heart Melbourne Tours specialise in fun and affordable private tours around Melbourne and Victoria – exploring areas such as the Yarra Valley, Great Ocean Road, Mornington Peninsula and Phillip Island (to see those cute as a button little penguins). Check out our range of tours and get in touch to book. Or for some great deals on group tours around Victoria you would be wise to monitor websites like Scoopon or OurDeal where some great bargains are to be found.