Backpacking Basics in Australia
Australia is a country that has a wide variety of experiences and adventures to offer. Whilst there is no doubt that even the richest people can spend beyond their means in Australia, there are also opportunities for backpackers and those living on a budget too. This article considers some of the basics to backpacking Australia on a budget.
Travel Will Cost You
Getting to Australia is only half of the battle when you are arranging a backpacking holiday in the country. Australia is such a huge country that even travel between areas within Sydney will consume large amounts of time and funds. Getting between cities and between points of interest will be very expensive and remarkably time consuming too.
When planning a trip to Australia it is necessary to plan your journeys within the country in the upmost of detail. Determining where you want to go and how you will pay for the flights and journeys before you arrive in the country is the only way to manage your budget. For every two weeks in Australia you will need to budget for a domestic flight if you can hope to see the country in all its forms.
You Will Need Insurance
No matter what you may think, you will need travel insurance when visiting Australia. Australia is a country that is made up of large expanses of space and the result of this is a vast array of sports being played all of the time.
The good weather and the opportunities to try new things will certainly get you to push your limits and reach outside of your comfort zone. Whether it is snowboarding, surfing, roller blading or another sport, you will put your body in danger at some point in this country.
The chance of needing medical attention in a remote area of Australia is simply not a risk that you can take without insurance. The excessive travel that you will also undertake in Australia will put your possessions at significant risk of going missing. Whilst this is unlikely if you keep your eyes peeled, being left with no money and no possessions is a terrible situation to find yourself in, particularly if you are uninsured.
Seek Sensible Accommodation
It would be easy to blow through your budget in just a few nights when visiting Australia, but there are cheap places to stay if you book ahead and search for a deal. There are even Sydney hostels located in the CBD, so you will not be missing out on anything! For a far lower cost, a hostel will offer you access to like-minded travellers and a wealth of knowledge about places to travel to and visit in Australia.
Make the Most of Nature
Whilst the lure of the big cities is unquestionable, much of the charm of Australia is found in the less well-known areas. The further inland from the cities you travel, the wilder everything will become and the more diverse your experiences will be. You could easily spend 6 months in Australia without leaving the major cities like Sydney, Melbourne and Perth, but there is no doubt that you will have missed out significantly if you do so. From forests to mountains and deserts, Australia has everything to offer if you look for it in the right places.