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6 Basic Money Saving Tips for Travel Adventures in 2013

We want to help you start travelling this year. Check out our 6 basic money saving tips for travel adventures in 2013 to get your started on the road.

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2012 was an incredible year of travel adventures for us. We used our money saving tips for travel and visited 14 countries. We were quite honestly living the travel dream.

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Kayaking in Naples, Italy

While some may think we are loaded with money, they would be very wrong.

In reality, the way we manage to have so many travel adventures around the world is because we prioritise and follow achievable money saving tips for travel.

With a little organisation about how we live on a day to day basis, we are able to save more money to travel.

Set your travel goals first

Before you read on, set two goals; where you want to travel and how long for. There is no point saying you want to travel around the world for 12 months if you only are willing to save $1000.

While I am sure there must be a way to travel for 12 months on $1000 (let me know if you find out how), it is important to be realistic about your travel budget. If you stay in 5 star resorts then you obviously need to save a little more money, than if you stay in backpacker accommodation.

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Additionally, if you only want to go on a 2 week trip to the perfect vacation destination then you don’t have to save as much. If you want to enjoy an island paradise why not fly to Bali. You can enjoy island life, the amazing beaches and water sports all within your budget. Most people believe that beach front hotels are really expensive, but with little effort you can find great deals on ocean front Bali hotels. You can always use Marriott Rewards too.

If you don’t know which accommodation you would prefer, then check out our Hostels vs Hotels vs Apartments article.

6 Basic Money Saving Tips for Travel

With your travel goals set, you can use these 6 basic money saving tips to start travelling to help get you on the road to your own travel adventures in 2013.

Start Saving

Yup that’s right, start saving. You have to actually make a commitment to saving before you can even begin. There is no point going into this half-a$$ed if you are just going to give up in a few weeks.

Open a new bank account with a good interest rate and deposit your first $1. Ideally it would be more than that if you can afford it, but depositing the first $1 means that you have started!

Work out your necessary expenses budget

While it would be great if we could save every penny we make, there are some necessary expenses. You need to eat, put a roof over your head etc. Luckily you can quite easily figure out what your necessary expenses are.

Gözleme traditional Turkish Food

Cut your expenses so you can eat gozleme in Turkey.

And once you have those, you will know how much of your pay cheque you can afford to save. Anything extra should go straight into your bank account removing any temptation for you to make impulse purchases.

Use Cash and get a Piggy Bank

With your necessary expenses worked out you should know exactly how much cash you will need each week. By only getting out a set amount of cash each week you will limit how much you spend with the rest of your pay cheque going into savings.

Any coins from your wallet can also be thrown straight into your piggy bank (or jar). It is amazing how quickly loose change adds up. Within a few weeks you will have enough for another nights accommodation or a nice meal out.

The other benefit is that if you remove the coins then you are less likely to use those coins to buy small treats all the time too.

Change your spending habits

You will need to make sacrifices when you begin to save money for your own travel adventures in 2013. It is important to remember in the back of your mind that you are doing it for a reason…

Sunset Busabout Sail Turkey

Is this reason enough to save money for travel?

Take a look at what you spend your money on at the moment. Every time you buy a cup of coffee, round of beers, go out for lunch or drive to work, they all cost you savings. Money that you could have used while travelling.

By cutting out these small purchases, you will rapidly increase your savings in your new bank account.

Sell your unwanted stuff

Now that you have cut down on a bunch of expenses, you should have some extra money building up every time youe pay cheque comes in.

One trick to boosting your savings right before you leave, is to look at selling some of the things lying around the house. Depending on how long you are travelling for depends on what you can sell. If you are going for a year or more then look at your electronics first.

Realistically, in a years time some of the electronics you own might be getting out of date. While they might be worth money now, they probably won’t be in another years time.

Look at your old clothes, books and furniture. Anything you don’t need in your backpack for your travel adventure can probably be sold.

Chai Tea Istanbul Spice Market

Finally, treat yourself

Okay so this isn’t a money saving tip. But saving is damn hard work. You have to make sacrifices from your usual daily lifestyle to be able to save money for travel. That is why it is important to treat yourself every once in a while to stay sane.

Just don’t go crazy!

Limit yourself to grabbing a beer with your mates, go out for dinner with your loved one or just rent a movie to chill out. By treating yourself, only very rarely, you will be able to save for a lot longer.

This will allow you to get out and begin to enjoy your travels. The best place to start is to get all your vacation rentals tips and ideas from here, before getting out and spending that hard earned cash.

So where are you going to go with all your money saved?

Cole is one half of New Zealand's leading adventure travel blogging couple who have been wearing out their jandals around the world since 2009. He loves any adventure activities and anything to do with the water whether it is Surfing, Diving, Swimming, Snorkeling or just lounging nearby on the beach. You can follow Cole on Google+. Or consider following us via RSS Feed, Twitter, Facebook and subscribe to our Newsletter.

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  1. Cynthia

    January 10, 2013 at 2:13 AM

    Good ideas all. Especially the one about changing your spending habits. It really makes a difference!

    • Cole Burmester

      January 16, 2013 at 11:34 AM

      Once you cut out a few of the unnecessary spending habits then it is amazing how quickly you can save money!

  2. The Time-Crunched Traveler (Ellen)

    January 10, 2013 at 3:08 AM

    Good tips, Cole! I’m always amazed when I meet people who think they can’t afford to travel at all and then I look around their homes or their cars and see how much money they must have spent on all that stuff. You CAN afford to travel if you exercise discipline and are willing to set goals, as you said, and go without a few worldly possessions. Here’s to a great 2013 for you guys!

    • Cole Burmester

      January 16, 2013 at 11:35 AM

      Well said Ellen! We still buy lots of stuff that I end up regretting and we are very tight with our money haha. I am always impressed by travellers with smaller backpacks than us, even though we only travel with carry on!

  3. Dami

    January 10, 2013 at 6:05 AM

    I’m going travelling in 4 months so ill be taking these tips into consideration

    • Cole Burmester

      January 16, 2013 at 11:38 AM

      Great to hear Dami! Good luck on your travels in 2013 and hope you can save lots of money to enjoy on your trip 😀

  4. Cailin

    January 10, 2013 at 10:16 PM

    Great tips Cole! I definitely need to learn how to budget better so I can go on more awesome trips! 🙂

    • Cole Burmester

      January 16, 2013 at 11:40 AM

      Haha we ALL need to learn to budget better. I still spend money on crap I don’t need and I am a tight-a$$!

  5. Karen @ Trans-Americas Journey

    January 10, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    living the “travel dream” certainly does requires sacrifices which helps separate the dreamers from the doers out there on the road.

    • Cole Burmester

      January 16, 2013 at 11:42 AM

      Always surprised (and a little annoyed) when people ask us whether we are rich. It doesn’t take much to make your travel dreams a reality if you put your mind to it.

  6. Jeremy Branham

    January 10, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    Setting a budget is one of the most important things you can do – whether it’s for traveling or not. Many people waste money and spend a lot on things that aren’t even aware until they see it on paper. Save more, spend less, and watch what you spend your money on.

    The most important money saving tip? Don’t spend more than you have (no debt). Seems simple but many people can’t seem to obey this simple money saving principle.

    • Cole Burmester

      January 16, 2013 at 11:43 AM

      Great advice Jeremy! It is why all our economies are in such trouble and yet people still continue to spend money that they clearly don’t have. Credit cards and loans are the biggest marketing scams in recent history!

  7. Sarah

    January 10, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    Great advice! It’s all about priorities. It’s amazing how much you can save when you realize how little you need! I’m saving up for a big trip later this year and I have done all of these! 🙂

    • Cole Burmester

      January 16, 2013 at 11:43 AM

      Great to hear that you are already saving hard Sarah. Hope your travels go well at the end of the year 😀

  8. John

    January 11, 2013 at 12:25 AM

    The very first thing I did was work out the numbers. I was moving abroad so I wanted as much as possible. I calculated how many pay cheques I was getting before I left and how much I was determined to save from each pay. This told me basically how much I would save right from the start. I ended up saving $6000 in 6 months.

    • Cole Burmester

      January 16, 2013 at 11:44 AM

      That is awesome John! Definitely not hard to put aside a few hundred dollars a month (or a $1000 in your case) and watch how quickly it grows 😉

  9. Lissie

    January 12, 2013 at 3:09 AM

    I always tell the story of a friend being genuinely envious that I could travel to South America for 6 months, while we sat on the leather furniture she had just bought – which probably cost as much as 1/2 of my trip budget!

    It’s all about prioritisation. Sure there’s a few tricks you learn along the way – I take great delight in not being charged bank fees to use my own cash overseas – but really the bottom line is – just work out a plan, save the money and get on the plane!

    • Cole Burmester

      January 16, 2013 at 11:54 AM

      Hahaha that is a brilliant story Lissie! Need to figure out how not to be charged bank fees… That would definitely save some money.

  10. Amanda @ Farsickness

    January 12, 2013 at 3:22 AM

    I’m horrible with budgets and money and taking out cash weekly has been a life changer. I’m so much more aware of what I’m spending and have saved so much in the past 6 months since I started. Also, I clean out my purse/wallet once a week and put my coins in a jar and I’ve saved a few hundred dollars in 2 years.

    Great tips!

    • Cole Burmester

      January 16, 2013 at 11:56 AM

      Everyone can always do more to save money. A few coins here or there add up so quickly! And the few extra hundred dollars you saved will be able to fund at least a few weeks of travel 🙂

  11. Peggy Lilley

    January 12, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    Hi, I love your blog. We’re from Tauranga (I’m pretty sure you’re familiar with the sunny BOP) and we’re avid travellers. We take our 8 yr old son with us at every opportunity and also host people from overseas too. 2012 saw us in Japan and
    Australia, this year USA and Canada. 2014 will see us living in Spain and our son will most likely be home schooled there. We love travel and all our surplus funds go towards this, we live very simply usually.

    • Cole Burmester

      January 16, 2013 at 11:57 AM

      Of course I am familiar with Tauranga Peggy! I grew up there 😀 Born and raised in Otumoetai! You sound like you are living the travel dream as well. Very envious of your trip to Japan and maybe we will cross paths on our travels one day soon 🙂

  12. Vera

    January 12, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Very good – travel-related or not, improving your financial situation is always a beneficient thing to do! But boy, it’s much easier KNOWING all these things than to actually put them into practice and start forming new habits *sigh*… But as Jeremy said: debt is a no-go, and I avoid spending too much money by opp-shopping a lot. That’s not for everyone, though (but there are also upper class second-hand shops that are pretty much like regular stores, it has to be said). I like it how you include the little treat – because one still has to live, right? Otherwise you fall off the wagon quicker than I can eat a cookie when on a diet. Speaking obviously for myself here:)…

    • Cole Burmester

      January 16, 2013 at 11:59 AM

      You nailed it Vera! Even about the cookie and diet part 🙂 I will even confess that a lot of the time I fall out of my own habits that I am trying to preach about! But if you can stick to them “most” of the time, then you are on a winner and closer to realising your travel dreams.

  13. T.W. Anderson @ Marginal Boundaries

    January 12, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    Getting into a position where you are debt-free is a great start. As is getting ready of all your stuff.

    The big kicker for me was after I left the U.S. and going from needing a truck for my construction company, to not needing a vehicle. The truck alone was costing me $1,500+ a month in fuel costs + maintenance/insurance/etc., so that right there allowed me to put 1500 a month back into my savings.

    Then, dropping my cost of living from $2,500 to $3,000 a month to a mere $600 to $800 a month while living in Sofia, Bulgaria; Bogota, Colombia; and Cancun, Mexico…well, that’s allowed me to put another 2k+ a month back into my savings.

    I haven’t spent more than $800 a month in over 5 years on my costs…that’s total entertainment + rent + food. But I’m also not flying around the world all the time; I live long-term in places and explore locally with friends until I’ve fully uncovered a destination.

    Just by making a location change, I was able to start putting 3k+ a month back into my savings. I’m turning 33 in a week, and for all intents and purposes I’ve been “retired” since I became debt-free in 2009, and that was after selling off everything I had in the U.S. and leaving it behind in 2008.

    Now, as Marginal Boundaries grows, it’s leading to more and more opportunities.

    Good post with some good basic tips.

    • Cole Burmester

      January 16, 2013 at 12:19 PM

      You are living the dream it seems! Being able to live and work remotely makes a huge difference to how much you can save. Unfortunately not all people have those opportunities, largely to them not pursuing their own dreams! Hope Marginal Boundaries continues to grow for you and we would love to be involved if you make it over to Bulgaria for the next retreat 😀

      • T.W. Anderson @ Marginal Boundaries

        January 16, 2013 at 1:43 PM

        It all comes down to how badly someone wants something to happen. A phrase I use constantly is “The only person holding you back from success…is you”.

        In an age of free information and global Internet, just about everyone has equal opportunities to create passive income, especially considering blogs, social media and all the platforms you need to create a brand/business are 100% free.

        And a person doesn’t even need a computer! Use an Internet cafe, or your smartphone or a tablet 🙂

        Anyway….follow your dreams, everyone! It’s the way to true happiness and success!

  14. Lillie - @WorldLillie

    January 12, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    Excellent advice. It is shocking how many people complain they don’t have money to travel, then go out and buy tons of new appliances and clothes! Keep on spreading the word. 🙂

    • Cole Burmester

      January 16, 2013 at 12:29 PM

      Agreed Lillie! They think we are rich or something when we travel. Although I think they must be rich (and a little mad in the head) to be buying goods instead of experiences 🙂

  15. Jennifer

    January 14, 2013 at 7:41 AM

    Good tips, Cole! These days Tim and I find ourselves truly considering if we need something when we purchase it. “Do I really want that? Because that is the cost of X when traveling!” It’s all about making travel a priority in your life.

    • Cole Burmester

      January 16, 2013 at 12:02 PM

      I am constantly thinking the same way Jennifer. If I spend that much on XXX then how many nights will I lose while travelling haha.

  16. Cheryl

    January 15, 2013 at 1:30 AM

    Timely tips for move as I recently moved home to Toronto to save again for a future of more travelling. It’s going to be tough as you said, but I need to focus on the end game and make travel a long-term priority in my life. 🙂

    • Cole Burmester

      January 16, 2013 at 12:30 PM

      We are stuck back in Edinburgh saving up for our summer travels as well! So hard going back into savings mode, especially with our bank accounts currently so low.

      • Cheryl

        January 17, 2013 at 3:38 PM

        Ha ha, I know the feeling. I just moved into a new flat and it seems like I’ve been bleeding cash – giving a deposit, buying various odds and ends etc. It will get better next month but January hasn’t been an easy one!

  17. Arjun Rajkumar

    January 17, 2013 at 6:38 AM

    I’ve begun to save for a 30 day holiday in August. Not really decided where I want to travel (from India) – but I know that I want to be on the road for 30 days. Travel and do nothing else. When I started putting money away for this holiday is when I actually knew that I will make this happen – before that, it was just an idea/dream. Great tips, Cole! Keep them coming.

    • Cole Burmester

      January 17, 2013 at 9:53 AM

      Well done Arjun! Good luck for your saving. Sometimes not having a plan for travel is the best plan in my opinion. Just go wherever you feel like it each day as long as it is somewhere new 🙂

  18. Jade - OurOyster.com

    January 18, 2013 at 1:15 AM

    We set aside a certain percentage of our weekly wage in a travel savings account… unforuntatly we still make stupid impulse purchases on the credit card :S

    • Cole Burmester

      January 18, 2013 at 8:17 AM

      Are you using a Credit Card that at least gives you cashback or Airmiles? And as long as you pay it off each month then I think using credit cards is a great idea. But stay away from the impulse buys 😛

  19. Lady

    January 19, 2013 at 5:18 AM

    Nice tips. Those really are handy for a travellover like me. Thanks!:)

  20. Kristy

    January 21, 2013 at 1:18 AM

    This year I also planning to save a bigger amount of money for my travel trip to Switzerland with my boyfriend and I already started cutting the usage of my electricity and water. I also set the amount of cash that I will spend for a week so that I can monitor how my expenses.

    • Cole Burmester

      January 21, 2013 at 9:25 AM

      Brilliant Kristy! Keep it up and remember to look forward to your trip 🙂

  21. Caro

    January 21, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    Discipline is key, amen! We saved all of our money in 10 months. Instead of saving and one day hoping for the best, we set a departure date and THEN made sure we’d save enough by that date. Great tips!

    • Cole Burmester

      January 21, 2013 at 7:45 PM

      Great point Caro! Make that date and then you are committed 🙂

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  23. Matthew Karsten

    January 22, 2013 at 7:13 AM

    Changing my spending habits was a huge part of saving for my initial trip too. Sold my car and bought a bicycle and a bus pass in Miami, stopped going to bars & clubs, and made my own meals. Saved a ton of money, felt great, and got more work done. Great tips guys. 🙂

    • Cole Burmester

      January 22, 2013 at 9:13 AM

      I bet when you started biking and slowed down on the drinking then your fitness levels etc all sky rocketed too. Not just your savings 🙂 Great work Matthew!

  24. Steve

    January 22, 2013 at 5:17 PM

    It’s amazing how many people ask how we afford to travel perpetually. As you say – spend wisely, save money. If travel is a real priority, you’ll find a way somewhow.

    • Cole Burmester

      January 23, 2013 at 3:00 PM

      Agreed Steve! Make travel a priority, not collecting “stuff” 🙂

  25. Jennifer Miner

    January 22, 2013 at 6:45 PM

    Useful tips. I think a big part of saving for travel is a matter of priorities. As someone mentioned above, I too know several people who say they’d like to travel more but can’t afford it –yet they eat out and go out drinking at least twice a week. It’s important for them (and a LOT of people!) to enjoy each week as much as they can, and if this means going out to eat and drink with their friends, so be it. it is their right to spend their money that way, and then to have less discretionary funds to spend on travel. Different priorities for different people.

    • Cole Burmester

      January 23, 2013 at 3:03 PM

      Very true Jennifer. While we do enjoy the occasional drink with our mates, we also know that having drinks at home beforehand will save us lots of money! Some people are quite happy to fritter away money though which we just don’t get 😉

  26. wanderingeducators

    January 22, 2013 at 8:07 PM

    Fantastic tips. and if you get the whole family involved, it’s much easier. 🙂

    • Cole Burmester

      January 23, 2013 at 3:04 PM

      Definitely! Start with the kids and they are the ones that end up saving lots. Especially if they know that they will get treats instead while travelling. I would much rather say no to an ice cream now, IF I know I will get one somewhere awesome on our journey 😀

  27. Larissa

    January 22, 2013 at 8:36 PM

    Good, common sense advice, Cole. Living within our means is what enabled us to take a 14-month RTW. Now that we’re finished that particular trip we also realize we can live much more simply, making it easier to have money for travel. In fact, as long as we have enough to travel, we’ll keep living on the road. . . loving the nomadic life! 🙂

    • Cole Burmester

      January 23, 2013 at 3:05 PM

      You can definitely bring a lot of travel tips back home with you which is what we enjoy the most. Travel allows you to see how other people get by with very little and it changes the way we do things too 😀

  28. Sammy McIntyre

    January 22, 2013 at 8:58 PM

    After two years on the road, I’m heading back home to the real world for a year or two to save for the next lot of adventures. I’ll be back to using this common-sense advice to build up the bank balance again! Thanks guys.

    • Cole Burmester

      January 23, 2013 at 3:06 PM

      No worries Sammy! Good luck with the saving and hopefully you can get back on the road again soon.

  29. Adam

    January 24, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    Good tips! Definitely the most stressful part about travel planning is money-saving…

    • Cole Burmester

      January 25, 2013 at 8:32 AM

      Totally agree. We are trying to calculate how far we can go this summer at the moment and how much we can save between now and then!

  30. Micki

    January 24, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    Great tips! I’m always amazed how much money we can raise buy just selling some of our extra stuff (of course, it’s depressing to consider how much we spend on our stuff in the first place, but still…).

    We’re Canadian, and from British Columbia, one of the most expensive provinces for housing, so we find that we save a lot of money by traveling to places where housing and food cost us a lot less.

    • Cole Burmester

      January 25, 2013 at 8:34 AM

      Our next move is hopefully going to be through Eastern Europe and then South East Asia so it will be nice to see our money going further 😀

  31. Mary @ Green Global Travel

    January 24, 2013 at 9:33 PM

    Great money saving tips! I especially need to get on the one about selling stuff. I’m still paying for a storage unit full of stuff from my non-traveling life – Ugh!

    • Cole Burmester

      January 25, 2013 at 8:35 AM

      We were watching hoarders the other day and they were tackling this exact problem! Basically people were paying hundreds of dollars a month to store junk ;P

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  34. Timothy W Pawiro

    December 29, 2013 at 1:24 AM

    Agree with coins saving! You won’t know how much you have saved until you deposit the coins at your bank! Haha …

    Anyway, thanks for the tips! 🙂

  35. Gracey spurek

    July 11, 2014 at 1:31 AM

    Great tips. Traveling is really very adventurous but the main issue is of budget. Many people fail to stay in their budget and go over budget. I think the best way to save money on your travel is by reducing your transportation and accommodation cost.

  36. Mark H

    December 15, 2016 at 2:11 PM

    Those gozleme look delicious. Great photos Cole!

  37. Cassie

    March 29, 2017 at 7:17 PM

    There’s not really anything else to add to your post. If you want to have a fabulous vacation you need to start saving early.

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The Great Ocean Road leads you along some of Austalia’s most stunning coastlines. Gawk at cliffs, rainforests, and shipwrecks and don’t forget to spend a moment taking in the beauty of the Twelve Apostles – a collection of limestone structures just off the shore of Port Campbell National Park.

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Starting and ending point: Torquay to Allansford, South Australia

Duration: 2-3 days.

Best time to go: February-March or October-November for warmer weather and off-peak prices away from the crowds.

  • Gibb River Road

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Recommendation: The Bell Gorge can be a challenge to reach, but the sight itself is worth all the effort. Marvel at cascading waterfalls while swimming in its natural pools!

Distance: 660 kilometers

Starting and ending point: Derby to Wyndham, Western Australia

Duration: One to two weeks.

Best time to go: Catch the dry season from April to September when waterfalls are fully fed by the previous rainy season. The road is closed December to March due to heavy rains and flooding.

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Recommendation: The Freycinet National Park is a worthy detour with its crystal-clear bays, waters and rich birdlife.

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Starting and ending point: Orford to St. Helens, Tasmania

Duration: 2-5 days.

Best time to go: The autumn months of March-May for crowd-free travel.

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Starting and ending point: Cairns to Cape York, Queensland

Duration: One to two weeks

Best time to go: During the cooler months of June to October. Other times of the year might be met with road closures and floods.

  • Australia’s Coral Coast

Nature lovers, buckle up your seatbelts. This trip from Perth to Ningaloo promises to offer you the best that Mother Nature has to offer. Here, the sprawling Indian Ocean converges with the rugged outback, offering countless adventures on both land and water. Explore the Pinnacles Desert and the Kalbarri National Park for land-dwelling creatures and the World Heritage Shark Bay to spy on manta rays, dolphins, and whale sharks.

Recommendation: Dedicated divers must check out the Navy Pier – one of the world’s top 10 on-shore dive sites.

Distance: 1200 kilometers

Starting and ending point: Perth to Ningaloo, Western Australia

Duration: 1 week

Best time to go: Come between June to September for a stunning display of vibrant wildflowers.

  • Great Alpine Road

Cruise along the continent’s highest accessible sealed road to marvel at scenic mountain ranges, deep valleys, and spectacular wine regions. The waterways of the Gippsland Lakes region are a must visit. Looking to reflect? The journey is studded with charming historic towns, such as Omeo, Beechworth, and Bright.

Recommendation: Visit Mt. Hotham, Victoria’s highest alpine village, for rejuvenating mountain air and absolutely breath-taking alpine views. Lots of action here for snowboarders, skiers, and sledders!

Distance: 500 kilometers

Starting and ending point: Wangaratta to Metung, Victoria

Duration: 3 days

Best time to go: Any time of the year, but some roads may be closed during winter (June to August)

  • The Savannah Way

Our penultimate road trip will have you traveling 3,700 kilometers across five World Heritage sites and 15 national parks, all without ending up in another country or kissing the ocean. This epic road trip may be grueling, but this is one journey that truly offers the Australian outback experience. Expect lots of time spent in nature from grassy plains to lush rainforests, waterfalls, ancient rock art, remote cattle stations, and turquoise waters.

Recommendation: The Boodjamulla National Park is a must-visit. Gawk at magnificent gorges, 25-million-year-old fossils, emerald waters, and orange sandstone cliffs.

Distance: 3700 kilometers

Starting and ending point: Cairns, Queensland to Broome, Western Australia

Duration: 10 days to 3 weeks.

Best time to go: Come during the dry season between May to September.

  • The Big Lap

Ready for an adventure of a lifetime? The Big Lap is for die-hard road-trippers – an epic road trip that encompasses the entirety of Australia. If you have 6 months or more to spare, this road trip promises more than just spectacular sights and the full Australian experience, you’ll also get lifelong bragging rights.  Highway 1 links Australia’s seven capital cities and skirts around Brisbane, Darwin, Perth, Melbourne, Sydney, Cairns, Broome, Esperance, Hobart, and Adelaide. The Big Lap offers everything Aussie: verdant rainforests, bustling cities, coastal towns, the rough outback, and crystal beaches. This is one road trip unlike any other.

Recommendation: Add more to the experience by including Alice Springs, Kakadu, and Uluru, all accessible via the Stuart Highway in NT.

Distance: 15,000 kilometers

Starting and ending point: This is an epic road trip around Australia with no definite start or end points. You will be cruising along Highway 1 which skirts around the entire continent, with some divergences if you want to explore key cities

Duration: Six months to a year

Best time to go: If it’s summer, December to Australia head south. During winter, June to August, head north or explore the red center. Wet seasons from November to May may close roads and national parks.

If you want an amped up travel experience, explore Australia on four wheels. The greatest part of a road trip isn’t about arriving at your destination and this rings true in the Land Down Under. This continent offers a myriad of sights and adventures you just might miss when traveling on air!

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7 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Kerala

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Kerala, God’s own country is one of the most famous tourist places in India. For explorers from across the world, it is a promising coastal state that  lies between the Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea, offering diverse and dynamic experiences. The land is capable of pleasing tourists throughout the seasons. Golden beaches, unique emerald backwaters, high mountain ranges, beautiful hill stations, culturally rich art forms, delightful cuisines; the options are many to relish at Kerala. There are many tourist destinations in the state that are equally ideal for families, honeymoon couples, adventurists, and solo backpackers. Listed below are the some of the best tourist spots in Kerala which makes the place a must-to-visit destination.

  1.  Alleppey, The Venice of east welcomes you!

Alleppey (Alappuzha) is an inevitable choice to be included in your bucket list if you visit Kerala. Known by the title, The Venice of East, Alleppey is a perfect destination of backwaters and beaches which is an ideal place to spend your houseboat vacation. The exploring of watery routes in the age-old transportation facility houseboat can even provide you luxuries equivalent to a 5-star hotel.

The sight of scenic landscape and backwatering through coconut groves, paddy fields, villages, water lilies, and ducks will give you a soothing effect. The excited cuisines offered there is the fresh produce from the water into your plate. The bliss you earn from there will be remembered all the time.

The main attractions of Alleppey are the Alleppey beach, Marari Baech, Punnamadas lake, Krishnapuram Palace, Ravi Karunakaran Museum, Pathirmanal island, and Sri Krishna temple Ambalappuzha. The snake boat race held at Alleppey during August o September is another attraction.

The best time to visit Alleppey: September to May

Nearest airport: Kochi International Airport is 53 km away from the place

Nearest railway station: Alleppey Railway Station.

  1.  Munnar, The Kashmir of Kerala

Munnar is one of the widely attracted tourist places in Kerala for its natural beauty. Located at an altitude of 6000 ft. above the sea level, Munnar is a town of excess charm. The mind soothing climate of the hills and mountains covered with tea plantations. About 80,000 miles of hills are covered with tea plantations. The cold climate and the mind-blowing sights make Munnar undoubtedly a place for Honeymoon. The ancient colonial ambiance of Munnar is evident through the TATA tea Museum. The comfortable stays, trekkings, camps make your days in Munnar the most memorable in your life.

The major attractions of Munnar include Anamudi, Top station, Eravikulam national park, Attukal waterfalls, TATA tea museum, Meesapulimala, Marayoor Dolmens, Mattupetty dam, Kundala lake, Blossom Park, Pothenmedu vide point, Indo-Swiss dairy farm, Life of Pi Church and Lockhart Gap.

The best time to visit Munnar: October to March

Nearest airport: Kochi International Airport which is located 143 km away

Nearest railway station: Aluva Railway Station which is located 110 km away.

  1.  Kovalam, Experience the beauty of Beach

Kovalam is one of the must-visit tourist places in Kerala for its beach beauty. Kovalam offers cherished experiences for lots of tourists. The pleasant weather, soft sand, eye catchy blue sea, a soothing sea breeze, and the tall coconut trees aside the beach makes the place a miniature of paradise.

The tourists there are allowed to involve in swimming, surfing, bask under the sun, and enjoy the lip-smacking seafood. The mind soothing body massage is another attraction where both the mind and body are nurtured. There are various accommodation facilities for every kind of visitors ranging from the cheapest to most luxurious ones. You can relax in the sunbathing and get engaged snorkeling, parasailing etc.

The main attractions of Kovalam include Hawah beach, Samudra beach, Vizhinjam marine aquarium, Fishing harbor, Akkulam Lake, Aruvikkara, Rock cut cave, Karamana River, Thiruvallam parasurama temple, Kovalam Juma masjid and Valiathura Pier.

The best time to visit: September to May

Nearest airport: Trivandrum International Airport which is 15km away.

Nearest Railway Station: Trivandrum Railway Station is 14 km away.

  1.  Fort Kochi, ¬¬¬¬The gateway of Kerala

Fort Kochi, considered as the gateway of Kerala is one of the most attractive tourist spots in Kerala. Fort Kochi is the main attraction of the Queen of the Arabian Sea with a multitude of personalities. The ancient city possesses a wide heritage and multi-ethnic culture. Being a most visited place in Kerala, Fort Kochi is an ideal destination for nature lovers, tourists and history buffs.  The mind-blowing sights, delicious seafood, museums, palaces, synagogues, heritage buildings, beaches, art galleries, churches, Hindu temples etc makes Fort Kochi a promising land for exploring. People will not leave Fort Kochi without savoring the multi cuisines and grab some reminiscence to home.

The major attractions of Fort Kochi are the Bolgatty Palace, Mattancherry Palace, Paradesi Synagogue, Santa Cruz Basilica, Hill palace, Willingdon Island, Museum of Kerala history, St. Francis Church, Marine Drive, Ernakulam Shiva temple, the sunsets and sunrise near the Chinese fishing net and Kodanad Elephant training center etc.

The best time to visit Fort Kochi: September to March

Nearest Airport: Kochi International Airport

Nearest Railway Station: Ernakulam Junction which is located 13 km away

  1.  Thekkady, Experience the wilderness

Thekkady is one of the top-ranked tourist destinations in Kerala. It is blessed with the wild beauty cuddled with the lush greenery of the Western Ghats and the dense forest. The Periyar wildlife sanctuary nearby the Periyar Lake is known for the tourist delight. It is one of the 27 Tiger reserves in India which is a home for 35 diverse species of fauna such as Tigers, wild Elephants, Sambars, and Gaurs etc. other than this, there are coffee and many spices plantations in Thekkady which is another attraction of the place. There are around 265 species of birds. You can enjoy the wild beauty of Thekkady through adventurous jungle safaris, patrols, bamboo rafting, border hiking, and camps.

The main attractions of Thekkady include Rmakkalmedu, Kumily, Elephant Junction, Periyar wildlife sanctuary, Periyar Lake, Deepa world spice and Ayurvedic Garden, Mudra cultural center, Mullaperiyar Dam, Chellarkovil, Vandanmedu, Murikkady, Periyar Tiger Trail and Kadathanadan Kalari Center.

The best time to visit Thekkady: November to May

Nearest Airport: Karipur International Airport which is situated 95 km away

Nearest Railway Station: Kottayam Railway Station which is situated 114 km away.

  1.  Wayanad, The symbol of scenic beauty

Wayanad is the proof of why Kerala is called God’s own country. It is the greenest place to visit in Kerala. The ravishing wild beauty with the adventurous trekking experiences makes the place a must-to-visit spot in Kerala. The comfortable stays in the soothing climate and wild ambiance of Wayanad are promising.

Real-time experience of the tribal heritages from more than 50 tribe dwellings in Wayanad is uniqueness about Wayanad expedition. Trekking and camping is another factor which attracts tourists from various parts of the worlds. You can even try your fortune if you spot the Neelakurinji flower which blooms once in 12 years.

Major attractions of Wayanad are Banasura Sagar Dam, Edakkal caves, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, Papanashini river, Kuruva dweep, Thusharagiri waterfalls, Thirunelli temple, Lakkidi viewpoint, Puliyarmala Jian, and Padinjarathara Dam.

Best time to visit Wayanad: October to May. Also, you can enjoy the trip to Wayanad during Monsoon seasons.

Nearest Airport: Karipur International Airport which is located 95 km away

Nearest Railway Station: Kozhikode Railway Station which is located 72 km away.

  1.  Kumarakom, Enjoy the contours of Vembanad Lake

Kumarakom is a famous tourist destination in Kerala known for backwatering and bird sanctuary. The peaceful hamlet possesses enthralling sceneries, exotic environment, and cool weather. Being one of the best places to visit in Kerala, Kumarakom gives you a mind-blowing experience in backwatering through the fresh paddy fields, coconut groves, and villages. The relaxing houseboat rides are available for all type of tourists at cheap rates too expensive ones. The delightful cuisines of Kumarakom should be tried at least once.

The Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is a must-to-go place in Kerala which homes to a wide variety of bird species that mainly includes migratory birds and Siberian storks.

The major attractions of Kumarakom are The Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, Kumarakom Backwaters, Aruvikkuzhi waterfalls, Vembanad Lake, Pathiramanal Island, Kumarakom beach, Bay Island Driftwood Museum, Thriunakkara Mahadeva temple, Cheiryapally, Valiyapally etc.

The ideal time to visit Kumarakom: September to May

Nearest Airport: Kochi International Airport which is located 85 km away.

Nearest Railway station: Kottayam Railway station which is situated 16 km away.

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