See The World For Less

Posted on February 20, 2012
Filed under Travel

Where To Go And How To Get There

By using some travel nous and combining it with the strong Australian dollar, you can stretch your budget a lot further, even at top-priced destinations.

Here are some of our tips, from the experts, on saving your travel dollars for special things.

Budget Destinations

Thailand

With great beaches, food and luxury treatments, Thailand is still a favourite cheap destination that is close to home. With the strong Australia dollar, your budget will stretch even further than before.

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Sukhotai Mortar, Thailand.

Lisbon, Portugal

Portugal has been a favourite budget destination for some years. Lisbon, with its beautiful buildings, markets and year-round warmer temperatures, is a perennial favourite.

Bulgaria

Bearing in mind that you get what you pay for, Bulgaria is still one of the best-value European destinations around. For skiing, our experts suggest booking the week before Christmas, or early March. But make sure you check snow cover and forecasts before you book.

Egypt

There’s never been a better time to visit the Pyramids! However, due to potential political issues, it’s wise to check SmartTraveller for travel advice before you book your holiday.

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Pyramids of Egypt.

Transport

Travelling by train or bus will be much more economical than taking a car or hiring a campervan. Consider multi-trip tickets if you’re using public transport to get around. But do the maths first; they are sometimes not that much cheaper and may have inconvenient time limits for travel.

If you’re flying within Europe, look for deals on low-cost carriers such as Ryanair and Easyjet. However, research all the charges before you book. Additional charges for baggage, check-in, boarding and other essentials can quickly add up!

For travel between Australia and overseas destinations, there are a number of low-cost options. Two worth considering are:

  • AirAsia to Kuala Lumpur
  • Singapore Airlines' new low-cost carrier Scoot to Singapore
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