Domestic Tourism Without Spending A Fortune

Travelling doesn’t have to be expensive, but it can be intimidating to plan a budget holiday. With the average Aussie spending $4,750 on overseas travel, it’s important to find ways to cut costs. This equals 7.5% of the average Australian’s yearly income, so it’s no surprise people are looking for alternatives. Luckily, domestic tourism can be just as fun and doesn’t have to cost a fortune.

While the average Aussie’s wanderlust can’t be understated, now is the time to explore the land beyond your own backyard. There are so many ways to have a great trip in your home country, plus you’ll save along the way. In this guide, we’ll inspire you to take off on your next domestic tourism holiday without spending a fortune.

Why Is Domestic Tourism Cheaper?

First, why travel domestically at all? Compared to an international holiday, travelling domestically might seem boring. In reality, domestic tourism is a great way to explore some parts of your home you might not see often or at all. However, there’s a practical reason to stay closer to home when you travel. Simply put, it’s cheaper. Here’s why:

  • Cheaper airfare: Because you don’t have to splurge for international airfare, it’s much easier and cheaper to find domestic flights. These also have better deals, especially during the offseason.
  • Shorter trips: Similarly, since you’re not travelling as far, it’s much easier to travel over a weekend, long weekend, or a quick getaway. You can enjoy some time away from it all without having to take extensive time off work.
  • Alternative travel: You also have the option to avoid flying altogether. This is the perfect chance to take a classic Aussie road trip! Whether you rent a car or take a ferry, you don’t have to shell out a lot of cash for an expensive flight.

As you can see, domestic travel has many of the same perks of international travel (exploration, breathtaking views, excitement) without the high price tag. While some destinations (cities, resorts, etc.) might be more expensive than others, you’re guaranteed to save vs. international travel.

How to Cut Costs on Domestic Travel

With that in mind, how do you keep costs low when you’re travelling domestically? Whenever you leave your own routine and venture somewhere new, you’re bound to spend more than you do at home. However, a bit of planning goes a long way. Try these tips to keep your travel budget low.

1. Travel in the off-season. 

First, always try to travel in the off-season. While the silly season might be great for enjoying time with family, this can be expensive. Avoid the holidays and peak summer travel season when everyone is trying to enjoy the sights.

If you must travel in the off-season, consider staying with another family or camping. When you look for creative ways to cut the price of accommodation, it’s much easier to afford this peak-season trip. However, travelling in the off-season is always less stressful—both for your wellbeing and your wallet.

2. Travel off the beaten path. 

Another idea to save while travelling domestically is to go off the beaten path. Sure, there’s a charm to big-name cities, but these are also super expensive. There are plenty of less popular travel destinations that are just as wonderful, if not more exciting.

In general, a rural holiday will cost less than in a big city. If you’re more of a city-slicker, sticking to smaller cities is a good idea. Similarly, you can stay in the suburbs or outskirts to save money on your accommodation while still enjoying the perks of city travel.

3. Prepare your own meals. 

While some of the best memories made on holiday are around food, there are also many perks to cooking your own meals. You can find a high-quality farmers market or grocery store just about anywhere in Australia. By picking up a few food staples, you can save big on eating out.

If you’re going on a long hike or day trip, for example, pack your own lunch. Not only will you not have to stop along the way, but you’re more likely to make healthier, cheaper choices.

4. Find free things to do. 

There are always free things to do no matter where you are. While those high-ticket excursions might be fun, are they really better than a free walking tour or museum? In most cases, the answer is no.

Research your destination to find free things to do where you’re going. Most natural sights are free, and you never know what you might discover. Similarly, skip the pricey souvenirs. These things don’t hold real value, and they’re likely to just become clutter. Instead, collect photos and memories.

Start Exploring Your Own Backyard

In conclusion, you don’t have to go far to find adventure. We’re lucky to live in such a beautiful part of the world. Now is the time to start your own exploration with domestic travel. Not only is this cheaper, but it’s just as exciting.

Do you need help with your travel budget? The team at Debt Busters are here to help. We can help you create a debt repayment system so you don’t go into debt while travelling. Contact us now on 1300 368 322.

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