Here are some money saving tips when visiting Australia.
A trip to a different country is always exciting — especially Australia. To simplify the process, do as much research as possible so you can take in all the sights and experience Sydney without a worry.
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When is the best time to book a flight to Sydney?
To get the best deal for your flight to Sydney, there are a few strategies you can use:
- Months to visit. The get the cheapest flight, plan your travel for the months of November, February or March.
- What day to book. Late Tuesday or all day Wednesday are the best days to book your flights because airlines are doing their best to match deals that dropped on Monday morning.
- When to book. Book about three to six months out to maximize your savings.
- Day to fly. The best day to head to Sydney and get a good deal on a flight is at the beginning of the week, preferably Monday.
- Day to return. The best day to come back to the states in on a Tuesday — midweek is where you’ll find most of the cheaper return flights.
How to save money traveling to Sydney
It’s an expensive and long journey, but you already knew that. To get the most out of your money when traveling to Sydney, keep some of these tips in your back pocket:
- Flight research. Weigh out all of your options when booking your flight. This includes researching airlines, vacations packages versus booking yourself, the best time of year to visit, and when to book your flights.
- Plan activities in advance. If you get to Sydney and try to figure out what to do on a whim, you’re head is going to spin and so is your budget. By planning ahead, you can set yourself to a schedule and not worry about wasting time doing research while on vacation.
- Sightseeing for free. There’s a number of different activities that you can do without spending a dollar. For example, head to the Royal Botanic Gardens, walk outside the Sydney Opera House or check out the Museum of Contemporary Art.
- Don’t exchange cash at the airport. You’re better off exchanging your money beforehand with a money travel exchange service or using an ATM at the airport with a card that waives international ATM fees.
- Haggle. If you’re at an outdoor market, always try to negotiate that price. Some vendors are willing to come down on the price to make a sale — it doesn’t hurt to ask.
- Use public transportation. Sydney is a city that you can navigate easily and cheap by utilizing the train or bus. Other options to consider are taking a stroll to explore the city or using one of the free shuttles.
- Cheap accommodations. If you’re going to be out exploring the city most of the time, it doesn’t really seem worth it to spend a large chunk of your budget on your stay. Options available are hostels, Airbnb and even camping.
- Food and drink. Hitting all the touristy spots is a sure way to make your food and drink bill a doozy. Searching around for cheap takeout or asking the locals where to find a good deal is your best bet — grocery shopping is a cheap option too if you have access to a kitchen.
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