Is your wallet a little leaner than you’d like after the festive season? Yet the first few weeks of work have you feeling in desperate need of another holiday? Fear not, because we’ve rounded up 9 ways you can holiday on the cheap. Regular, short holiday breaks are good for you, so don’t wait for the once-a-year big trip, start planning your next getaway today.
Ok, hear us out. If you’re so strapped for cash, look locally for things you haven’t done before for even a small feeling of escape. Look for towns an hour or a few away from where you live and head there for the day or a weekend, exploring local museums, galleries, cafes and even a spot of window shopping. Check out these short trips from Brisbane, Adelaide and Sydney. Explore as you would on holiday and you may be surprised by how much you discover.
A benefit of living in such a vast, naturally beautiful country as Australia is that there are myriad national parks, hiking trails and long country drives within an hour or two from all of our state capital cities. Take a look at our favourite national parks in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria to get you started. Pack a picnic, hit the road, and return tonight feeling refreshed.
Again, Australia, naturally beautiful, you get the point. Camping is mighty economical, especially if you camp in national parks, where rangers’ fees are often no more than $10 per person, per night. Camping is one of the fastest ways to completely switch off, I find, because you never have to leave the wilderness to go into a building to sleep. And we know that more time in nature has only positive effects, for the body, mind and soul.
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For the amount you might spend on a night out in the city, you can book yourself on a full day wine tasting tour. This not only gets you out of the city, but straight to the horse’s mouth – the vineyards – where wine is almost always cheaper than at the bar. Gather a group of friends for a fun day out, and gather insightful wine knowledge while you’re at it.
Round up the troops, grab your snorkel and towel and hit the beach. Australia has a ridiculous number of excellent beaches and free ocean pools along the coastline. Even inland, there are a bunch of incredibly beautiful lakes, waterfalls and swimming holes waiting to be explored.
Ok, maybe not the cheapest option, but certainly cheaper than a holiday away. Book yourself in for a relaxing beauty treatment, or head to the spa with a group of girlfriends for the ultimate day of pampering and post-holiday glow.
Local Festivals and Events
Do as you would on holiday and make the most of every free event there is. Community markets, book fairs, parades, music festivals, public holiday celebrations – you name it, your city probably has it. If you’re historically-inclined, why not find out about free walking tours, or self-guided walks to explore and learn more about your home town. When you next have visitors in town, you can impress with your excellent local knowledge too!
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