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Australia on a Budget

Surfin' in Oz

When setting foot in one of the world's most famous backpacking destinations, with your thoughts full of coral reefs, Bondi Beach and camping in the desert, it's hard to give more than a brief thought to your budget!

It might seem easy to travel Australia on a budget, say, of £10 a day. But thousands of backpackers realize each year that, whilst it is possible to experience all your dreams of traveling in Australia for this much money, it does take a bit of organisation.

Although it may sound a bit dull, the best to way to stick to a budget is to be aware of it all the way through your trip. You're bound to meet backpackers around Australia that have no idea how much is left in their pot; travelers who plan to go away for 12 months but are forced to return in less than six...

Firstly, it's a good idea to get your money organized into a bank account with online facilities before you go. This way, you can keep an eye on spending along the way.

Also, pay for comprehensive travel insurance in advance so you don't have to fork out for any unforeseen expenses that will eat into that budget.

Similarly, don't be tempted to buy any clothes specifically for traveling before you go; clothes and shoes are, as a rule, much cheaper abroad than back home. And if your flight hits Asia before Australia then it's even cheaper to stock up there – especially for electronics.

Backpackers can also get a working visa before heading abroad, so that it's easy to supplement your budget on the road. Working on your travels might sound dull, but it's actually a great way to earn some cash whilst still enjoying a new country and culture.

Office or sales jobs are a good way to earn money relatively fast and your new social life with Aussie colleagues is sure to outweigh any dullness of the routine! However, hospitality is also a great option.

If you can't afford to pay for a certain gig or event, then conside working there; whether its waiting, lifting or handing out flyers, you're getting paid to watch a band or the Grand Prix, or perhaps the tennis. Resort hotels and yachts often have seasonal vacancies for backpackers - and they come with a touch of the high-life, too!

Although your budget is important when backpacking in Australia, the cost of living is relatively cheap. For a great budget eat, head to the local beach or park and take advantage of the pay barbecues to enjoy a dinner al fresco for just a few dollars. Similarly, food halls in shopping makks and 'bring your own booze' restaurants help cut down the price of eating and drinking out.

And, if you can save your budget for a bit, there's always the possibility to splash out on that diving course or Whitsunday cruise and really enjoy yourself whilst backpacking in Australia.

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