Renee May has just returned from Kenya.
Renee May has just returned from Kenya. john mccutcheon

Holiday! Celebrate! Tips from budget-savvy young travellers

WORK. Save. Holiday. Recover. Repeat.

For Renee May nothing beats a life filled with cultural experiences, new faces, interesting places and moments she'll never forget.

Her passport is filled with faded stamps that hold memories of Thailand, Bali, Mexico and the US.

The ink on her customs stamp has barely had a chance to dry from her latest trip, after she arrived home on Friday from 15 nights in Kenya, Africa and Dubai.

The 19-year-old Noosa Heads woman is part of a growing group of Queenslanders who love to travel.

But with a full itinerary comes the need for lots of money and an eye for budgeting.

A Global Travel Survey from Westpac Bank reveals Queenslanders holiday for an average of three weeks and spend an average of $1500 for each week.

More than a third of travellers (37%) have a daily budget but a majority admit to overspending, particularly on impulse buys - clothes, food and souvenir temptations are to blame.

Remember that bejewelled fridge magnet from the Eiffel Tower you bought? Yeah, you never needed it.



The study also revealed that although the majority of travellers are watching their spending while on holiday, the main methods of monitoring is keeping tabs on the physical cash they have left and mentally tracking their spend (37%).

Just over a third of people scrutinise their spending online and even less used mobile apps.

Miss May said group packages were her best tip to saving money while overseas. She headed to Kenya with her boyfriend for 15 days, stopping at Dubai and Abu Dhabi for a side holiday on the way.

Admittedly an organised traveller as she works at Noosa Cruise and Travel, she spent just $700 on her overseas trip of a lifetime after covering flights and accommodation.

"The best part about group packages is all the meals are included and when you pay months in advance you know what you've got to work with after that, instead of trying to guess each meal price in your budget."

Maroochydore insurance worker Tara Culverhouse says she lives to travel.

The 22-year-old has just returned from Hawaii and plans to go to New Zealand and Vietnam before the year is out. She keeps a close eye on flight deals and snaps up cheap accommodation where she can to ensure she has plenty of cash for sight seeing and shopping.

"I try to keep my costs down and save as much as I can before the trip so that I have cash to spend once I'm overseas," Miss Culverhouse said.

The Westpac survey also shows 15% of Australians run out of money while on holiday.


From the Daily's Facebook page

Amy Louise: I'm the ultimate budget traveller. I took my little sister to Bali for her 21st birthday. I bought flights off Gumtree from a couple who couldn't go and they paid name change. Researched all reveiws and found a beautiful resort on Poppies Lane. They gave us complimentary bottle water daily so didn't need to pay for that. Just by using travellers reviews we found some awesome places to eat. 

Margaret Haire: My husband and I have an overseas holiday every year we always book the early bird flights most airlines put these out around October.We also look on lots of travel websites for special offers we had an amazing three-week trip to India with flights and a three-day stopover in Singapore around for around $5000 we had to travel on the date they specified but that was okay for us and of course another tick off the bucket list.

Tony Wilson: Just come back from a month long tour of Europe, some nights in Dubai and Singapore. One of the best tips is: Don't bring home souvenirs, it's only junk that's going to gather dust back home.

Kate Wall: Camping at Inskip Pt for $5 a night never looked better!!Tracey Hannah Best holiday of all is home! Of course we live on the Sunshine Coast - how lucky is that ?

Ange Graham: I'm a budget traveller! I've gone to Europe for 21 days for $5500 including all flights, accommodation and tours! Japan for two weeks $200 including flights and accommodation, Fiji for one week $999 including flights and accommodation and tours!

Nicole Starkey: Who says how much is too much? Maybe we only get one holiday every five years, and we want to make it count.

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