Travelling can be the best of time, but it can also be a very expensive time. There are numerous tricks you can use to reduce the amount you spend on necessities such as flights, travel insurance and accommodation. If you use these options, you might save a few hundred dollars on your next trip.
Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is essential for all travellers that don’t want to risk having to pay for unexpected emergencies such as having to get medical treatment for sickness or injury in another country, being repatriated home, replacing lost or stolen luggage or missing a tour event due to delayed or cancelled flight.

Foreign money

Foreign money

Travel insurance companies vary in what they cover and the prices they charge for their policies. That’s why it is best to compare policy options. Fast Cover is a travel insurance company that covers Australian travellers of any age. Fast Cover also covers 44 pre-existing medical conditions automatically including diabetes, high blood pressure and coeliac disease without you having to fill out a medical assessment. They also enable you to contact their Global Assistance team for prompt and professional guidance during emergencies at any time anywhere in the world. Compare the level of cover you receive with Fast Cover to other insurance providers and you’ll see they offer cover at a price that’s hard to beat.
It is always best to buy travel insurance directly rather than through a travel agent, airline or cruise line. Purchasing travel insurance from a travel agent, airline or cruise company can be far more expensive.


The price of flights vary depending on the month, day and even time of travel. You can compare flight prices using websites such as Skyscanner to find the cheapest time to fly. In general it is cheaper to catch a flight during the off-peak season, which means inside school terms and outside of major holiday periods. You can also find cheaper flights during weekdays rather than on the weekend. This means many travel sites have plenty of great offers.

Using your Phone

There is nothing quite like the surprise of getting a bill for your mobile phone and realising you have spent a lot on data roaming. Save yourself this nasty surprise by turning data roaming off before you leave. Only use the internet on your phone at WiFi hotspots, which you can usually find in hotels, cafes, some restaurants, convenience stores and McDonalds. If you can’t go without data, a number of Australian providers offer an international data roaming pack which you can buy before leaving so you have a set amount of data to use. Your local post office or supermarket also stock international sim cards.

A cheaper option than this is to swap your Australian SIM card for a local prepaid SIM for phone and/or data.

The street vendor sels his fruits and vegetables in Thamel in Kathmandu, Nepal

The street vendor sels his fruits and vegetables in Thamel in Kathmandu, Nepal.


When it comes to cheap food, follow the locals. Various destinations offer local dishes at incredibly low prices. A bowl of pho in Vietnam is not only delicious, but can cost as little as $1.50. You won’t be able to buy cereals from corner store supermarkets for that price.

You can also save considerably by cooking in your motel or hostel rather than going out for every meal. A few home cooked meals will save you a few dollars to put towards other areas of your trip.
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