If you are over the age of 40, you probably just sang that line from Peter Paul and Marys song from back in the 1960’s’s – famously John Denver wrote this but never sang it himself… dying himself in a plane crash many years later – but we digress!
Flying anywhere is exciting and fun and all those fabulous feelings. It’s an adventure! And as we all know – Adventures cost money!
How to travel on a budget
So how do you make the most of your money so the adventure is as fun-filled as it can be – well there are a few things you can do before you even get on the plane.
- Get online. It’s something we all do easily now. Decide where you want to go then zoom in on local pages of accommodation. TIP: Sometimes booking with online sites such as Expedia aren’t always the cheapest option. Use your smart phone and ring a hotel and see if you can get a better deal
- Look at what you can do to cut down on costs – do you really need to take your oversized and will-have-to-pay-more-for-baggage surfboard if you are heading to Melbourne? If clothing is really cheap, like it is in places like Bali – can you get away with a carry on and just buy what you need when you are there?
- Getting to the airport is always stressful and the idea of spending a chunk of your travelling spending money on cabs/taxis just doesn’t seem fair – but driving in rush hour will drive you insane? – Look for an off-airport car parking business. They don’t charge the expensive rates that airports do to leave your car there and most provide a courtesy shuttle allowing you to get to the airport relaxed. It is still up to you to get to the airport on time so be prepared to get there early.
- If you are flying budget and not crossing borders – check if you can take your own food on and off the plane. This may reduce your costs considerably as airport food can be costly and the food on a plane if you are paying can see Awfully expensive too… but you don’t want to arrive to your destination starving!
So a few ways to save money so you can buy that original aboriginal art so you can say “I’ve been to Australia!”