Australia and New Zealand are large countries, and the sheer size of Australia will make planning your route all the more important. Part of this planning is knowing what to bring and where to go so that you can get the most out of your budget and still enjoy your time.
Plan and Budget for the Size of the Country
If you are backpacking within Australia, you must plan ahead for the size of the country. Australia’s cities are widespread and many towns are simply not that easy to access. For this reason, you need to pick and choose where you want to go in order to maximize your available funds. Bear in mind that travelling along the coast will be much easier than backpacking within the interior of the country as Australia doesn’t have an effective train service; although buses are more cost effective. If you have chosen New Zealand to backpack through, budget for travelling from the North Island to the South Island. The country is easier to travel through as its cities and towns are much more accessible for backpackers.
Cycling or Driving
A great budget conscious way to save some money is to either drive to your destinations, pooling your money with other backpackers, or cycling through either country. Backpackers should know that you will not be allowed to ride on some freeways and you will be limited to certain areas. A car is a great way to save money, as hiring a car here is fairly cheap and with everyone putting in money for fuel it definitely keeps costs low.
Know Your Costs and Save Up Before You Go
Australia is a costlier country than New Zealand and you can burn through your budget very quickly. Before you head to either country, research the areas you want to visit carefully, and budget how much you will need per day. Then, give yourself ample time to save the funds for travel, food, accommodations (you could arrange to stay with locals) and tours you might wish to take. If you want to have an evening out at a restaurant, budget for it, but don’t eat out daily; instead if possible cook your own meals. Plan activities that don’t cost a lot of money, like hikes, or perhaps are free and intermingle them with higher cost events.