Travelling is an experience all people want to enjoy, but it’s not as simple as charting a path on a map. Extensive travel requires money and savings. However, clever travellers find ways to keep money in the pocket while spending time on the road.
If couchsurfing does not seem super desirable, Perth offers a number of accommodations for those on a tight budget. The YHA receives great reviews for its accommodations and amenities: air conditioning, bar, barbeque, disabled access, and Internet. The Golden Backpack Awards granted the site the ‘Best Hostel in Western Australia’ award. The Bunbury and Lancelin hostels are also close by.
Travel experts suggest finding a hostel with a good reputation to avoid sub-standard conditions and facilities. Moreover, Budget Apartments offers affordable, self-contained apartments for those with short-term needs and want comfortable, convenient accommodation for a few days.
It’s not easy to fly into Perth. It’s equidistant from Indonesia and Sydney. Due to its isolated location, travellers don’t have a lot of options regarding flying, yet budget airlines, like Air Asia and Jetstar, fly out of busy transit cities of Asia. Additionally, Scoot offers cheap, one-way flights from Singapore.
Christmas season as well as days and weeks surrounding the Easter holiday get many travellers, which may inspire higher air ticket prices. Late April and early September are good times to go to Perth.
A recent Perth travel guide mentioned 5 places to visit were near either a beach or river. Cottesloe Beach was mentioned at number four. It is free and a fifteen-minute drive from the city. A mélange of beachside cafes and bars offer opportunity to get out of the sun and feed your appetite. Locals get heavily involved on the weekends, eating and drinking from noon to night during ‘Sunday Sessions, ’ and hosting the popular ‘Sculptures by the Sea’ contest in the summer. Bring food and drink and spend nothing but minutes of your time relaxing in the sun by the Indian Ocean.
Perth hosts one of the world’s longest walking trails, which measures 1, 000km. Start at Kalamunda in the Perth hills and walk during the day, through the night, or both, and finish in Albany. A string of shelters and campsites are found throughout the trail, so walkers can rest (free of charge) during the journey.
King’s Park is the largest inner city park in the south hemisphere, and offers a fantastic view of the Swan River Perth skyline. King’s offers a number of low budget and free activities such as picnicking, bush walks, walking tours, and more.
The Art Gallery, Museum, and PICA are all free and located on the same block in Perth. Find modern, colonial, western, and indigenous artwork at the Art Gallery of Western Australia. The Western Australia museum hosts exhibitions related to taxidermy, dinosaurs, and meteorites. Don’t worry about spending money; all three places ask nothing for admission.
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A good meal costs in Perth, and that’s how the city became associated with high prices. Numbers of pubs and places to eat are cheap, but you must know where to find them.
You’re better off buying food at the market and cooking it inside your apartment or at a hostel. A week’s worth of food may cost just about the same amount of money it would to go out for one meal and drinks. Eating out is the number-one way to blow savings when you’re on a budget.
Since getting to Perth is the top cost, do your best to reserve a flight on one of the minor and budget airlines. Secondly, eating is going to be a large cost, so while mingling with locals at the pub or eating some Western Australian cuisine sound appealing, don’t blow your budget on going out for lunch and dinners. Thirdly, there are multiple places to go that are free of charge and admission. Aside from hikes and walks, pay respect to the city’s art and culture museums.
Sleeping in hostels is not a primary choice of those who travel, yet the prices are modest, and those also staying there can lend extra insight on how to travel through the city on a tight budget.
Lastly, even though you’re touring through the city, you don’t have to ‘act’ like a tourist. Many of the ‘hot spots’ are deemed so to help the city make the most of its tourism attractions. Meaning, be smart about where you go, and check prices before setting out to a destination for food and entertainment. Talk to locals and inquire about their version of places to go.
Jason Lee has extensive experience as a personal finance consultant. He also enjoys travelling and sharing his ideas and insights through blogging.