When I left university, I spent six months travelling the world. It was a blast, but I realised when I came back home, I hadn't actually seen much of my home country. Funds were low, but I wanted to explore Australia, so I planned an itinerary that allowed me to experience the main tourist attractions on a shoestring budget. I started this blog to showcase the beautiful places Australia has to offer, such as the Blue Mountains and Great Barrier Reef, and share my tips for travelling in Australia when you have a tight budget. I hope you enjoy reading my blog and find it useful.
Holidays are an important part of a happy family life. Taking some time out of your daily routine, spending quality time together and exploring a new part of the country is a great way to relax, unwind and create some treasured memories together.
If you're worried about the cost of a holiday and don't think your budget can stretch to it, you may just need to adjust your expectations slightly. Holidays don't have to cost a fortune and you can have a wonderful time even on a very small budget. Here are three tips for having a fantastic family holiday that doesn't include the stress of spending too much money.
1. Opt for budget rental accommodation
While luxury resorts or five-star hotel rooms might be the ultimate in holiday accommodation, they are also prohibitively expensive. For the same price as a single night in a high-cost room or apartment, you can have an entire week in a less extravagant but perfectly comfortable caravan park or holiday park.
Although this type of accommodation may not have the luxurious decor and fittings of more upscale options, you'll find them clean, well contained and fitted out with all the essentials. Extra luxury is unnecessary when you'll be spending most of the time exploring the area and not inside your accommodation.
2. Opt for accommodation with self-catering facilities
One of the most expensive parts of a holiday involves buying three meals a day from restaurants, cafes and takeaway businesses. You can save yourself a small fortune by ensuring that your accommodation has kitchen facilities so you can cook most of your meals yourself.
Accommodation that has a fridge, oven, microwave or stove top will let you cook up budget conscious, family friendly meals and have a range of inexpensive breakfast and snack options on hand. Even a communal kitchen area or BBQ will give you the freedom to cook for yourself.
3. Opt for a location close to home
Another holiday cost that bumps your budget up to the unaffordable range is travel. Even with low-cost airfares, a return trip can add up to hundreds or thousands of dollars, particularly if you have a larger family. By sticking to a location that's only an hour or two away from your home, your only travel expense will be a tank full of petrol.
Using your own vehicle to get you to your holiday destination also means you won't need to spend any extra cash on car hire or public transport to explore the area. You'll also be able to take along family essentials such as high chairs, beach towels and sporting equipment that otherwise need to be hired if you travelled by other means.Share
24 August 2017