Flights, accommodation, meals, activities – it can be easy to blow the budget on a holiday. Here are our top seven tips for holidaying well without breaking the bank.
Living and working overseas is a rite of passage for many Australians. Whether it’s the rainy streets of London or the bright lights of Bangkok, 18.7 million citizens left our shores in 2016 and over one million live outside Australia today. But when the time comes to make major life decisions like settling down and buying a house, it seems there’s no place like home. 75% return within two years of their intended ‘permanent’ departure and with increasing unrest around the world, these numbers are set to rise. If you’re returning from overseas, we look at what you may need to think about to secure a loan and make those major life decisions a reality.
With homes riddled with gifts and goodies, people out visiting friends and family and travelling near and far – the holidays are peak season for pesky burglars.
With road trip season almost upon us, now’s the perfect time to take action and sort out an emergency kit for your car.
For keen travellers, the falling Aussie dollar has been bad news. At its peak in 2011, it was worth $US1.11. Since 2013, it has steadily dropped. Today, it hovers around the US70 cent mark and is tipped to fall further.
But that doesn’t mean an overseas holiday is no longer an option. There are still plenty of destinations offering good value to travellers armed with Aussie dollars. Here are five of the best.
Home swapping doesn’t just mean inviting people you have never met in person into your home. It can also mean swapping cars for the duration of the holiday or even asking your guests to take care of family pets.
Every family will have a different idea of what the ‘thing’ should be – from fishing poles to luxe beachside units. You may be committed to private school for your kids while the neighbour loves flashy new cars. The key is to pin it down, agree on it with yourself and your partner, and don’t look back.
Nature is free, it’s abundant and, what’s more, it has been shown to be important for mental health and wellbeing. Green space clears the head and revives the spirits.
Whatever your travel style, it’s important to be as environmentally friendly as possible on your adventures. After all, you want to make sure the spectacular sights and sounds can be enjoyed by others for a long time to come.
Australia is a beautiful and spectacular country – but how much of it have you actually gone out and explored?