Which costs should you keep in mind

 

Which costs should you keep in mind

A trip to and around Australia is always going to cost you money. At this moment, the exchange rate is not optimal. Between the different states, there aren’t any major differences between prices. Nonetheless, you could consider keeping in mind the difference in fuel prices. Heading east the fuel prices go up. But these differences are easily manageable.

 

The prices for foods and drinks in supermarkets are a lot higher than what we’re used to here in the Netherlands. Other prices for stuff like entertainment and activities are also relatively higher than here at home. So it’s important that you check the exchange rate before you leave. This, of course, doesn’t guarantee you anything, but it is a way to kinda guess what your costs are going to be and if this is doable given your savings. There are, however, plenty of ways to lower those costs, which I will get back to later. A three week trip to Australia is, of course, a possibility, but the longer you stay in Australia the greater the opportunity to explore! And that’s a way to spread out your costs. In the end, your trip is going to cost you more, but your daily costs will, in most cases, be lower.

 

Not one trip is exactly the same, especially in Australia, where big differences can occur. These differences depend on the kind of trip you wish to make. The differences in prices depend on your choice of transportation, where you want to spend the night, food and activities.

 

Global overview per month when renting a car, cooking your own meals, doing average activities, sleeping in average hostels and unexpected expenses, for one person:

Transportation: 1500 euros (50 euros a day)

Accommodation: 600 euros (20 euros a night)

Food: 600 euros (25 euros a day)

Activities: 300 euros (10 euros a day)

Other costs: 100 euros (3 euros a day)

Total: 3100 euros (ca 100 euros a day)

 

In reality, this amount usually ends up being ca a 1000 euros less (so in total this would end up to be about 2000 euros per month per person) because in most cases transportation is shared (so the costs for transportation can be divided by the number of people sharing), transportation is bought and sold or people choose to use buses/hitchhike.

 

You can also choose to go camping (for free or for a reduced rate). This is a way to cut costs.

 

Cooking together also lets you share the costs which would result in you having to spend less on food and drinks.

 

There are other costs you can keep in mind. For example, fuel costs when using your own transportation, expenses for some national parks, parking costs in the bigger cities, costs to use the ATM (depends on your Dutch bank), as well as airport transfers (using a taxi, bus or shuttle) and the purchase of any travel guides.

 

Ticket

The costs for a ticket to Australia depends on a couple of things. This, of course, has to do with which airline you choose to fly with and what kind of ticket you purchase (one-way ticket, roundtrip-ticket, world ticket, etc.) A roundtrip to Australia will cost you approximately 1200 euros. This could end up to be higher or lower, depending on the date, stop-overs and whether or not you buy one-way tickets (for example a one-way ticket to a country in Asia and from there another one-way ticket to Australia).

 

 

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