Last week’s blog was about how a holiday can be a need and not a want, especially at this time of year when you’re burnt out, stressed out and ready to throw in the towel In this blog, I’m going to show you how you don’t have to put yourself in debt just to have a decent break. Last week, when Mt Agung’s eruption on the island of Bali was playing havoc with flights due to the volcanic ash cloud, our own family travel plans were thrown into chaos. Add to the mix a child who has come down with suspected Glandular Fever and suddenly this Mum is going into alternative solution mode. You see, I had chosen Bali as our family Christmas holiday destination for the following reasons:
- It’s cheap to get there with direct flights from Townsville
- It’s cheap once you get there ie. Food, accommodation, shopping, travel, tourist stuff etc.
- I can afford to eat out every day/night and pay for a nice 4 star hotel without breaking the budget
- I get to show my kids that life is not all about Xbox, Ipads and electronics
- If you do enough google searches on Gold Coast theme parks, you can get surprisingly good rates. Check out sites like experienceoz.com.au where you can save on average $10 – $40 pp for prepaid theme park tickets. Their destinations are vast, not just for the GC.
- To save on meals and snacks, purchase the Entertainment Book for your holiday destination and watch the savings add up. You can preview books at entertainmentbook.com.au
- Quick searches on sites like Trivago.com, Booking.com, Hotels.com etc. can see savings up to 50% on hotel accommodation. If you’re willing to stay a little further out of town the savings are even greater.
- To hire a car, do your research at CarFlexi.com, this site has all the major and minor car hire companies for you to compare. Don’t forget to utilise car hire discounts available in the Entertainment Book and memberships like RACQ, RACV etc.
- Save on travel costs by driving your own car. If you do this, be sure to pack some premade sandwiches, drinks and snacks to avoid spending unnecessarily when you stop for fuel.
- If you have a long drive throw in a tent and some pillows, there are free campsites all over Australia. Check out sites like freecampingaustralia.com.au
- Have friends at your holiday destination? Call them and talk to them about doing a house swap or bunking with them for a night or two. Two nights accommodation saved either side of your holiday can free up a few hundred off your budget.