Australia—a backpackers paradise!
Hundreds of thousands of backpackers flock to Australian shores every year because of its great weather, beautiful scenery and its distinctive culture. Backpacking is a big industry in Australia, with a wide array of budget accommodation and tours available country-wide so this is why Australia is very appealing to backpackers looking for that Australian Outback adventure.
The competition in the market shouting benefits and discounts to travelers whilst it is advisable to have that general plan or idea what you really want to see or go before you leave for Australia. If you've ever thought of backpacking, there are a number of things you'll need to know and here are top tips for backpackers travelling in Australia:
1) Hostels Are Magical Places:
Hostels are not the dingy, dirty, creepy places that Hollywood movies and popular culture makes them out to be. In fact, most Australian hostels are an excellent option for the budget-conscious and solo travelers. Hostels have an atmosphere of their own; people are always ready to explore the sites, make new friends and indulge in nightlife. In Australia, most hostels have their own in-home bar with deep discounts, theme nights and activities. Hostel staffs are also a great resource – they’ll let you know what’s going on in the city and what cheap activities are around. Last but not least, for those job-searching or looking to buy a car or some camping supplies on the cheap, check out the hostel communication boards. Hostels are the best place to meet some new friends, get a fairly priced room, and make tons of memories!
2) Utilize Public Transportation:
Cabs in Australia are overpriced. Most of Australia’s major cities (especially Sydney and Melbourne) have excellent public transportation systems with trains, trams and busses at the ready to take you where you need to go. Take the extra time to look into the local public transportation system and ask for help if you’re confused. You will save yourself hundreds if you take advantage of the public transportation available.
3) Watch Foreign Transaction Fees:
Credit and debit cards are quickly gaining popularity among the ways to spend and use cash. However, a 3% foreign transaction fee will be added to every purchase you make with a credit or debit card that does not wave foreign transaction fees. Do some research and perhaps apply for a travel friendly Visa or MasterCard before your trip, both which are widely accepted in Australia.
4) Stick To a Budget:
Australians enjoy a high minimum wage, a great economy and standard of living; which means some unexpectedly expensive prices for travelers. Lots of travelers’ under-budget themselves; don’t let this happen – start by doubling the amount of money you think you’ll need (seriously), do a lot of research for transport, food, and happy hour deals (they totally exist…especially if you’re a student) and take advantage of the abundance of free activities in cities. Setting aside a lot of time to research and budget beforehand will 100% be worth it in the long run.
5) Take Pictures (With You In ‘Em!):
Don’t be embarrassed about looking like a tourist in Australia – most people are! If something catches your eye, capture it forever! Most people will gladly take a picture of you if you ask nicely. Investing in a selfie-stick for your Australian adventure also might not be such a bad idea.
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