It’s easy to feel a little isolated when you are living in Australia. This continent/ country shares no land borders with any other country. Distances are vast even for domestic tourism. And holiday get always involving a flight can easily skyrocket your costs. Not to mention, Australia with its unique flora and fauna, just feels a world apart from any where else in the world.
Any while traditionally, any flights (both domestic and international) from Australia have been quite costly, things have been changing in recent years and there are now several easy tricks to help you maximize your holiday budget.
South East Asia
If you are looking to keep your flight costs down, as well as visit a destination where on the ground costs are low as well, then South East Asia is your place. The rise of the budget airlines based out of Malaysia and Singapore mean that you can cheaply and easily get yourself to one of these Asian hubs, and then either explore locally, or jet off somewhere slightly further afield. I love both Malaysia and Singapore and have visited multiple times. One of my favourite Asian holidays was to Malaysian Borneo. You don’t even have to fully limit yourself to South East Asia, as some of the budget Asian airlines are now even offering direct flights from Singapore to Europe.
To find the cheapest flights available online, instead of going to each and every budget carrier individually, check out Traveloka Malaysia who will search all airlines at one. Traveloka is different some other flight search engines, as it includes the major budget airlines such as Air Asia and Scoot in it’s search algorithms as well.
If you are not quite ready for a South East Asian cultural adventure, or simply don’t like the heat, then New Zealand is a very good option. New Zealand shares a similar cultural background to Australia, but the scenery is world’s apart. You will really feel like you are in another world all together, and it’s only a 2-3 hour flight away. Best of all, since so many airlines regularly fly between Australia and New Zealand, this means there are regular sales. You can often find return tickets for $200 – $300.
Best of all, the North and South islands of New Zealand are so different from each other, that a trip here can seem like you are visiting two very different locations.
New Zealand is one of my favourite places for out door adventures. Read more about that here.
Australians are lucky because there are a myriad of culturally diverse, and stunningly beautiful, Pacific Islands, right on their door step. For everyone else in the world, trekking out to one of these islands would be prohibitively expensive and time consuming, but for Australians they are just a short flight, or cruise away.
The easiest Pacific Island (and cheapest) for Australians to reach is probably Fiji. Fiji is the flight hub of the Pacific, which means there are often some great flight sales to this island. Other islands worth considering are New Caledonia, Samoa, Tonga, Vanuatu, and the Cook Islands. All these islands are easy to reach by air.
Pacific Islands are also a popular cruise path, with New Caledonia and Vanuatu in particular being the highlight of most cruise itineraries. These cruise lines often have really great last minute sales as well.
You can read all about our Pacific Island travel here.