How To Holiday On A $2000 Budget

23 July 2014

Has the tax man has been generous this year and you've come into a small fortune? Need a change of scenery? Or perhaps you’re just looking for a reasonable holiday option not too far from home? There's easily 2,000 reasons to take a holiday in the new financial year.

As the travel experts, we’re here to help and inspire your next great escape, so we've done a little research to give you an idea of what 2,000 big ones could look like on holiday close to home.

There are plenty of domestic options right here in Australia from croc-spotting in the Top End to sampling the cheeses of Tasmania; it’s also cheaper to live it up in luxury in Bali or the South Pacific than you might think! Maybe you’re in the mood for a driving holiday in New Zealand or a culinary tour of Vietnam? It’s all possible with the right deal and the right budget.

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Option 1: Bali for less

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 Meet some of the happiest people on earth in Bali

We've always got some pretty irresistible package holidays to Bali, including flights and accommodations from around $1000. That leaves you with an extra grand to eat, drink, shop and spa until your heart’s content, which is made even easier since the Australian dollar goes a lot further in Bali.

If you’re in the mood for lazy days by the pool and pumped-up evenings at the clubs, Bali is calling. There’s also plenty of rest and relaxation on offer too – head to a yoga retreat or spend some time exploring temples and visiting the serene countryside in Ubud.

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Option 2: South Pacific in a jiffy

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 Cook Islands paradise, just a few hours from Australia

When you think South Pacific, you probably think Fiji and Vanuatu. While they’re both great destinations, did you know that New Zealand, Tahiti, Cook Islands, New Caledonia, Bora Bora and Samoa are all part of this wonderful tropical cavalcade too?

With a humble holiday budget, you can take a cruise to from Sydney to Noumea and Fiji from $1599, or spend five nights exploring the reefs, beaches and resorts on in the Cook Islands with flights and accommodation from just over $1,000. How about a rendezvous to Christchurch, or a city getaway to Auckland? Red Label flights and hotel deals on sale to New Zealand from just over $500 make it possible!

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Option 3: Keeping it local

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 Explore Australia's picturesque south on Kangaroo Island

Working with a $2000 holiday budget doesn’t mean you can only afford quick trips or budget deals to Indonesia; you could treat yourself to an incredibly indulgent weekend right here in Australia.

If you haven’t been to Tasmania yet, it’s hot on every food and wine aficionados lips right now, not to mention Hobart’s great cultural offering to the gods, the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA). Return flights and accommodation to Tassie for two nights start from around $350, leaving plenty of cash for indulging the palate.

What about a shopping trip to Melbourne, or perhaps a gourmet food and wine tour of Adelaide’s increasing popular Kangaroo Island? You could always head to the heart of Sunshine Coast with a weekend beach escape to luxurious Noosa, or further afield on Fraser Island’s pristine 75 Mile beach – a place everyone needs to visit at least once in their life.
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All prices used in this blog article are purely examples based on products from July 21, 2014. For a current quote or to speak to an Airfare Expert about putting your holiday budget to good use, call 133 133 or pop into your nearest Flight Centre store

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Rachel Surgeoner

A self-confessed 'food-tourist', I take hunting for the world's greatest sandwich very seriously, my quest has taken me from Berlin to Hoboken. Stopping off only for vintage shopping, craft beers and Mediterranean sunsets.