Travelling on a budget doesn’t mean you are relegated to staying in one location and limiting your exposure to the country. In fact, far from having to stay confined to one place, backpacking lets you explore the entire country on a limited budget.
Budget your Expenses for Travel
A backpacker can easily budget their funds in order to travel throughout either Australia or New Zealand. You can choose to travel via a tour bus, making sure the company offers flexibility in departure times and destinations. For example, New Zealand offers the Kiwi Experience, a bus tour which enables you to pick between 25 routes and you can simply hop-on and hop-off anywhere along the way.
Budget for Accommodation
Backpackers can get great prices at hostels located all over Australia and New Zealand. You don’t have to worry about booking a room ahead of time at a hostel either; although, if you are visiting a popular area, you should call ahead and find out if there is space available. If you prefer to sleep outdoors, there are many affordable or free campsites to lay your head, and if you are really adventurous, you can find backcountry huts or some parking lots allow backpackers and campers to sleep in for the night.
Budget for Food
Backpackers will find that they are limited on food choices if they are budget conscious than while travelling through Australia. Many backpackers will pool their resources together and purchase fresh fruits and deli meats for sandwiches and share with each other. Also, buying from food stands will end up providing more affordable choices in single portions than visiting a larger store.
Budget for Adventures
The point of visiting Australia or New Zealand is to experience the adventures and thrills these countries offer. So, if you want to bungee jump, skydive, go paragliding or explore caves, you are certainly going to have to budget for it too. This part of your budget will take up the majority of your funds but you can still save money on whatever you choose to do. For example, you can choose the walking tour of the caves in Dunedin known as the glow worm caves, or how about taking the Napier art deco walk? Nature lovers will enjoy a visit to the hot springs in Rotorua. Finally, take a peek at local farmer’s markets for not only a great way to spend the day, but for fresh, affordable vegetables and fruits.