Australia is known for being a fantastic destination for solo travellers, and for good reason. It has endless locations to explore and a million ways to see them. If you’re going to travel Australia alone, keep these tips in mind to make the most of your time.
Stay in Hostels:
Staying in a hostel is basically a right of passage while travelling Australia. Not only are they super fun, but they’re a perfect way for you to make some new mates while on your trip. Make sure to pick up a luggage or storage lock so that you have piece of mind leaving your belongings in the room. Most hostels allow you to choose if you want a same-sex or mixed room and how many people you want to live with, so you don’t have to live with messy dudes if you don’t want to. Many of them offer breakfast and have kitchens available for your use too, so it’s like a home away from home. Plus if you pick a good hostel it may even have a hot tub, pool, big TV’s, or all three! Hostels are also one of the cheapest options for accommodation while travelling, so you can use the extra cash you’ll save for your future adventures.
Go On a Tour:
Australia is absolutely massive and it takes some serious planning to successfully see all of it. If you’re not much of a planner, check out group tours in some of the locations you are really excited to see to make the most out of backpacking Australia. They do all the planning for you and you’ll have people to make fabulous memories with, leaving the experience with new mates from all around the world. Not having to figure out where to stay, what to do, when to go, and every other detail in between will make your trip so much better. Plus, it’s no fun playing beach volleyball or going sandboarding all by yourself.
Get a Job:
Australia can get pretty pricey, so you may want some extra cash while here. Australian businesses are used to hiring temporary employees since plenty of travellers cycle through each year. Bartend a few nights a week or become a barista in a local cafe to help lighten the burden on your wallet and get you acquainted with your temporary home. Not to mention Australian minimum wage is super high and most employers pay above the minimum, so before you know it you’ll be making back all the money you’re spending.
Take Road Trips:
To save money, and see as much of Australia as possible at the same time, take a road trip. Majority of Australia’s population is located somewhere on the coast, making it a fantastic place to drive. Check out the Great Ocean Road and the Twelve Apostles in a funky little caravan or drive the east coast and visit some of Australia’s best beaches. A road trip will help you see a huge portion of Australia for a much lower cost than flying everywhere. Plus, who doesn’t love jamming out to some tunes on a long drive with some beautiful views?
If you want to use your money wisely and make the most of your time down under, than you have to plan ahead. Planning can make a huge difference in cost so that you aren’t constantly flying cross country to each destination or going somewhere in peak season. Know which destinations you want to see the most and make them a priority. You don’t want to spend all your money going to see your fifth choice, though everywhere in Australia is totally worth a visit. It’s also such a huge place that you need to make sure you have enough time to see everything you want to.
At the end of the day, you really can’t go wrong while travelling Australia. Whether you take some tours, go on a road trip, or hop to different hostels on your own, you’re sure to have an epic time.