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Budget-Friendly Travel Destinations for Australians

Travelers Today       By    David Thompson

Updated: Feb 28, 2023 07:14 AM EST

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Like most things these days, travel is not cheap. You can save some money by following basic budget travel tips; choosing to travel in the off-peak season (usually February), and not checking bags (if you can help it). However, there are things that you can do, such as getting travel insurance in Australia before you leave, that may help in avoiding potential expenses from unforeseen events. If you want to save money while actually on your holiday, these are the most budget-friendly travel destinations for Australians. 

Queenstown, New Zealand

As one of the closest countries to Australia, New Zealand comes in at the top of the list for budget destinations. While it doesn't always correlate, usually the shorter the flight, the lower the price. Known as the "Adventure Capital of the World," there will be plenty to do on your holiday, no matter what your interests are. Bungee jumping, horseback riding, and skiing are all popular activities in this city and if you go in May, June, or July, you'll get a decent price both on airfare and on these adventures.

Singapore

Travellers looking for a luxurious holiday on a budget will find exactly what they're searching for in Singapore. The endless skyscrapers and fascinating architecture will make you feel like you're in another world. The country hosts dozens of festivals year-round, so you'll always have something to do, even if you don't want to partake in the experience of high-class shopping and dining at the various upscale malls and three-star Michelin restaurants.

Avoid traveling to Singapore during Christmas and Chinese New Year, as these are the most expensive times of the year. Instead, choose a travel time during February, March, August, or October for the best rates.

Bali, Indonesia

The Islands of the Gods are just 5.5 hours away by plane, making it one of the closer destinations to Australia. Again, typically, your airfare will be cheaper the closer you stay to home. But you don't have to worry about Bali being a boring holiday because even if it is close, it's an exotic locale that is on the bucket list of millions of people around the world. Australians just happen to be fortunate enough to live in close proximity to such an incredible vacation spot.

The prices of comfortable and well-appointed accommodations are shockingly low, so much so that you'll have enough money left over to tour the temples, get a Balinese massage, and dine on elegant local cuisine. Travel during February, May, August, or September and get even lower prices.

Nadi, Fiji

You may have heard that Fiji is expensive, but if you travel at the right time and choose low-cost or free activities, you can have the holiday of your dreams at a price you can afford. Luckily, there are plenty of activities in Nadi and the surrounding area that won't cost you a thing, including sunbathing on Wailoaloa Beach, browsing the Suva Municipal Market, and visiting the Civa Pearl Farm.

Travel during March, August, October, or November for the cheapest flights and accommodations. Plan ahead to take advantage of the free and low-cost activities that will still give you the full Fiji experience.

Conclusion

Traveling doesn't have to drain your bank account. You can find a dream destination at a budget price if you just know where to look.

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