This is a brief explanation of how we did our Australia travel planning.
Australia is the destination of a lifetime for a lot of us. From our home, it is a 24h journey and this year we are going, hooray !!!
As this is kind of a special holiday, the decision to go was taken last year. Australia is an enormous island with many many places to visit and see. So we decided we had to go for a whole month. Even with a whole month of traveling around the country, we know we will only see a tiny part of it.
Leaving home for a month requires a little organization. First of all, be sure that my husband’s employer would accept the holiday dates and also have the confirmation from our children’s school that they could miss one week before Christmas holiday and one week after Christmas holiday. Both were accepted! Not to say that we had a hard time getting the approval from the director’s school because of some misunderstanding, but we had it 😉
All of this organization started one year before our departure date. Our biggest worry was the flights’ price. You can only imagine how expensive it is to fly when you are a family of four. Especially when you fly to the other side of the globe. We thus wanted to be sure to have the first price when the tickets would be out on the market. Because of that, it was important for us to have all in order with school and employer before last Christmas.
From last December to January, we were all eyes on flight tickets. Being sure not to miss the very first price. We didn’t want to wait and rely on a possible cheaper price if booking last minute. Unfortunately, this time we were conscious it would involve quite a lot of money. We aren’t too picky about money, we are only good budgeters and know when it is possible to spend less than needed.
As usual, flights were booked on my favorite platform: Skyscanner. It is so simple to use and to have a good overview of airline companies offerings. I love booking flights and this is the easiest internet platform to use.
Of course, before booking the flights, we had to know what was our route plan in Australia. As we are adventurers and want to see most of the country, we decided to arrive in Brisbane and fly back from Perth. We were then able to book flights in January cheaper than we thought. And that was a good news, we saved about 1200 USD than what we planned to spend.
How can we afford an Australian journey when living on only one average salary and being a family of four?
It’s all about budgeting and prioritizing your expenses.
Everything is possible when you have decided what is important for you and when you have set your budget according to your dreams.
We dream of traveling the world, so our budget is set for that. This is our family thing. We also have solo desires and are also working to achieve them. But discovering new places is absolutely thrilling for us and, by budgeting, we are now able to make most of our dreams come true. Australia is part of this dream and we are able to make it come true.
Do you have a dream destination?
In January we had our flights booked with Skyscanner. First check, done!
The 4wd rental car
The second check: the rental car. As we have some experience going offroad, it was evident we needed to rent the same kind of car we have here: a fully equipped 4×4. A car in which we could sleep and drive through any roads. We already knew in Australia some roads are only for 4×4 and we needed to be able to go everywhere and to stop anywhere. Unfortunately, renting a Land Rover Defender is either not easy to find, either ultra expensive.
After a few researchers, we chose to rent a 4×4 car from Australian 4WD Hire. Their customer service is great. We had many questions before renting the car and they were very helpful. We will have a Bush camper large RTT fully equipped. It will almost be the same kind of equipment than our Defender.
The camping equipment
Australian 4WD Hire already provides a lot of equipment and it seems to be good equipment, but some little stuff is still missing. This time we are a little more organized and we decided to buy a part of what’s missing before flying to Australia :
Retractable silicone and BPA free plastic large bowls Metal stackable saucepans Metal cups Camping stove, but only the burner that adapts on most gas bottle
I was planning to buy some light sleeping bags and then decided it would be better to have a look on the spot. They will surely have better-suited equipment. We will also need cushions.
Of course, we will have all the medical necessities and our travel insurance will be up-to-date.
The route map planning
Before booking the flights, we decided to fly to Brisbane and return from Perth. Knowing that we will drive from East to West thousands of miles. We want to be free to decide on the spot, that’s why it is the only thing we are 100% sure. What will happen in between isn’t planned at all.
Well yes, I have booked a hotel in Brisbane with Booking.com. This is because we are arriving on a Sunday and we can’t take the car that very first day. But after a 24h journey, it will surely be better for us to have a rest before starting this adventure.
The money planning
As said earlier in this post, we already have a budget running for our holidays. This is no more a worry for us. We know in advance how much we will have when planning where we will go the next year. The only thing we had to adjust was our holidays throughout the year knowing Australia will be a really expensive travel.
The money planning was quickly done, as usual.
I opened google map, marked a few points of interest between Brisbane and Perth, and calculated roughly our route. It was approximatively 7000km of driving. We’ll see if it will be close to the reality 😉
Then, I searched for the price of gas in Australia to have an idea of how much this will cost.
And finally, I calculated approximately how much money we would need for food and campsites.
I must say, we have a very large budget for this particular holiday. We don’t want to be in a situation where we would have to choose to do some activities or not because of money. We want to enjoy every hour of each day and live freedom to the fullest.
This is it for the moment.
It is our holiday planning for our big adventure of this upcoming Christmas.
Would enjoy receiving some tips if you experienced the same kind of holiday in Australia.
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