Cheap backpacking tips (and where to find a cheap hostel in Melbourne!)
It’s almost 2020, and you still haven't ticked off that one item from your bucket list that you've always wanted to do: go backpacking around Australia!
You've seen your friends backpacking their way through Asia, North America and down to the Mediterranean, and you’re eager to join them. There’s just one problem: the cost might put you in debt.
Why backpack travelling?
It is always good to see people embarking on a backpacking adventure.
If you ask us, it’s the best way to travel!
Whether you’re backpacking alone or with a group, backpack in Australia - especially in Melbourne - can be one of the best ways to experience everything there is about Australian culture.
It’s a great experience that you wouldn't want to trade for anything else in the world.
Unlike travelling the conventional way, backpacking gives you unparalleled freedom - no need for strict schedule, as you’ll be able to explore at your own pace, see what you want to see and seize the moment wherever you are.
There’s just one problem: money.
While considerably cheaper than travelling the normal way, backpacking isn’t free. Luckily, there are ways to bring down the cost - and this week, we’re sharing these valuable tips with you!
Cheap backpacking tips
As a cheap hostel in Melbourne, we receive many guests who are in Melbourne on a shoestring budget. As a result, we’ve picked up several tips you can use to make backpacking more affordable...
Be smart when it comes to booking cheap flights
If you want to save more on your backpacking adventure, start by booking cheap flights.
Be sure to watch out for seat sales and cheaper flights offered by your local airline, and sign up to websites like Skyscanner or Momondo.
These websites help you see where you could find cheaper flights on the days before or after your proposed departure date. If you’re flexible with dates, you can simply select the cheapest day to travel!
Connecting flights can also make your travel cheap instead of direct flights.
Booking flights during off-season lets you travel on lower cost as airlines often give discounts during this time. Booking long in advance can also help.
And finally, once you’re in Australia, we suggest sticking to trains and buses to get between cities.
Melbourne’s public transport system is extensive, and is just a few dollars per ride!
As a backpacker, you don't need to bring your whole wardrobe on your trip!
Packing light is the best way to avoid extra baggage charges that you might encounter along the way.
We suggest starting by buying a tough, reliable backpack that’s large enough to carry all of your belongings.
Since you’ll be carrying everything on your back, that means packing light, too. Light packing focuses on the necessities that you'll need on your travel, with one overriding rule to remember: less is more.
To minimise weight, we suggest packing all-season clothes that can go with anything, and that dry quickly when washed.
Another good idea is to bring clothes that you can keep you comfortable in unexpected weather.
Choose an easy backpacking destination
If you are a beginner backpacker, the best way to start your backpacking experience is to choose an easy backpacking destination.
This is one of the qualities that makes Melbourne such a great destination for first-time backpackers like you!
Melbourne welcomes almost all backpackers from different parts of the world and is one of the best places to be, regardless if you’re travelling alone or with a group.
That’s because our city gives backpackers access to a range of affordable transport options, as well as a range of cheap hostels in Melbourne.
What's more, Melbourne is a city of arts, culture and events - many of which are free. There are plenty of free places to go that won't cost you a penny such as art galleries, laneways, parks, and libraries.
Stretch those legs! Walk wherever possible
Instead of booking a rental car, get familiar with your new city’s public transport system.
Luckily, Melbourne has a great public transport network that extends beyond the city itself and into its suburbs, allowing you to go wherever you want without breaking the bank. The city itself also offers a Free Tram Zone - great for when you’re spending the day exploring the city!
Not travelling far? Walking is an excellent form of exercise which can also save you from unnecessary taxi or rideshare costs.
If you plan on walking, just remember to pack light. This will make it easier for you to carry your baggage from one place to another.
Research cheap eats
One of the unavoidable expenses that come with travelling is keeping yourself fed. Luckily, there are ways to bring this expense down!
If you're looking for ways to save more on your backpacking trip, there are plenty of cheap eats sprinkled throughout Melbourne, allowing you to stay well-fed while also helping you save considerable amounts of money!
Exploring food from street carts and local markets lets you experience Melbourne's food culture.
At the same time, it also allows you to connect with other travellers and locals.
As a food city, Melbourne has plenty of cuisine from all over the world - much of it at great prices. If you’re feeling homesick, you’ll be able to find a bite of home with ease.
Looking for cheap eats? Click here for a list of our favourites!
Find an affordable hostel
What’s the biggest cost in travelling (asides from the airfare?) Accommodation.
Let’s face it, hotels and rental properties can be pricey.
Even the cheapest ones can be prohibitively expensive - especially if you want to stay close to the CBD in order to enjoy everything Melbourne has to offer.
By finding affordable accommodation in Melbourne, you stand to save a huge amount of money!
Why go for costly hotels when you can find a stay in a hostel and enjoy many of the same amenities like Wi-Fi, free rice, pasta, coffee, and tea, and a whole lot more!
Hostels are the best option for backpackers that do not want to spend a lot of money on accommodation.
So whether you are travelling alone or with a group, we suggest you start looking for a cheap hostel in Melbourne for your accommodation needs!
Looking for a cheap hostel in Melbourne?
Urban Central can make your stay in Melbourne cheaper!
Travel without breaking your budget - yes, it’s possible!
All you have to do is choose a cheap hostel in Melbourne’s CBD.
Urban Central welcomes all backpackers in Melbourne. Our safe, convenient, clean and comfortable hostel offers a range of different affordable accommodation packages that will fit your budget whether you are travelling solo or with a group.
Urban Central enhances your travel experience in Melbourne by giving you the lowest guaranteed rate.
Don’t wait - secure your accommodation in Melbourne today! Book online now and save.