How to Budget for Your Trip to Australia
You guys are always asking us before your trip ‘how much should I budget for Australia?’, ‘how much money should I bring?’, ‘what should my daily budget be?’… We hear ya! and we’re here to help with all the budgeting tips and tricks you’ll need so you wont have to worry about money when you’re away.
We’ll be sharing with you tips we’ve learnt from our travels and where you can save money on:
- Your transport around Aussie
- Getting the best deals on food and bevvies
- Hostels and accomodation
- How you can save money on activities and tours
Ready to start figuring out your Aussie budget?…
How much money should I bring to Australia?
This depends on how long you’re planning to stay and if you’re hoping to find work or not…but, as a guide:
Staying for half a year: £4-6k
A year with work: Around £8k
It's all about the pre-planning...
Getting a budget plan together BEFORE you go is essential.
- Book all tours in advance – this way you can avoid tourist traps and last minute panic buying.
- Put together a little budget diary to keep track of your day-to-day spending.
- Get a travel money card to transfer over a daily budget – so you don’t over-spend.
- Pre-book hostels when you can to avoid paying on arrival which can be more expensive.
with RatPack Travel?
You can save ALOT of dolla here!
When you’re in each place, try and walk as much as possible – this will avoid regular spending on public transport that really adds up.
Hire a campervan! This is your transport and accomodation all in one, whats not to love?
Budget tip: When travelling between destinations, use a Greyhound bus. There’s a load of travel combinations to choose from and it’s wayyyy cheaper than flying. The WHIMIT passes are epic and our favourite way to travel around Aussie…
Activities & tours
Tours – You’re in the right place if you’re keen to book on to a load of epic tours. We’ve got your East Coast roadie sorted – drop us a Whatsapp to book.
Activities – As for day to day activities, heading to the beach is free, hiking is free, national parks are free or just wander around the city and discover some cool places.
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From our RatPackers
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Great experience with the RatPack travel team! Really went out of their way to help us book our Van’s for two different trips! They have great rapport with the various Van companies, were able to help us book the last available Van for our time in WA and were able to get us some discounts as well. Zan and Mikey were both so easy going, made it feel like we were chatting with friends who genuinely cared about our travels haha, awesome guys! Definitely recommend the RatPack service, will save you time and money fellow travellers!
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Mikey was amazing at helping us plan our 3 week schedule for the east coast. He went over and above to make sure that we were able to fit everything in that we wanted to in the time we have. His knowledge has been a great asset for us making an itinerary. Can't recommend enough!
If you want to book a camper for your trip, you should only do so with Ratpack. The team is incredibly fast and provides great service. No annoying comparison of providers, since Ratpack takes over. They are looking for the best deal and can offer great discounts. they respond individually to your wishes and give you additional tips for the trip. Since there is also an EU team, you could make calls at individual times of the day - simply excellent all around - thanks for everything
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