How do we travel on a budget? (Part two)

Transportation can make or brake your travel adventures. When traveling to far away destinations it’s one of the biggest costs. We use following tricks to search for flights:

  1. Planes tend to be least full on Tuesdays and Wednesday. Prices can differ quite some on these days which makes it definitely worth checking.
  2. Compare between airports. Occasionally, it can be beneficial leaving from another airport then which you initially had in mind. kiwi.com can be a big help.
  3. As flights don’t tend to get much cheaper along the way, it’s always a good idea to book a few months in advance.

Indonesia

We tried all possible ways of transportation during our Indonesia trip. What’s the result? If you want to spend almost no money, public transport is the way to go. A bus or train ticket is quite cheap. The downside? Every few seconds people want to sell you something,  or talk to you before they want to sell you something. The first few times it’s okay…But after the 100th time, you’re freaking out… That’s why traveling with a cab was better. Slightly more expensive but worth it. If you’re being picked up by a driver for a day trip, make sure no extra costs are involved. If so, discuss a price before the getting in the car. When using a cab, again, we urge you to ask how much it will costs and point out to the driver you want the meter to be on! If he doesn’t want to do that, don’t get in. These situations were common at Java, the island where the capital is. If you rather avoid this, we suggest to head straight to Bali. People still ask you whether or not you want a cab but they’re way more relaxed and stop once you’ve told them no. We felt more at peace. We’re glad we’ve seen the other part of Indonesia as well but we won’t go back.

The other thing you have to be careful about as a tourist is being “scammed”. In other words, you will pay more then you should! A lot more! Be sure to check multiple travel blogs. These helped us a lot with all the local tricks people use to be able and earn some extra money. For instance, when visiting mount Bromo, the locals set up a booth and barrier along the way to the volcano. Suddenly, you had to pay an entrance fee. This is of course not allowed and if you urge them you’re not going to pay, they leave you.

Our top 5 in Bali.

  • Gili Islands
  • Rent a scooter and visit the Jungle Fish Bali plus the ancient temples along the way
  • Rice terraces in Tegalalang
  • Pura Ulun Danu Bratan temple + tea and coffee tasting in Bali
  • Monkey forest in Ubud

Australia

During our Australia trip, we rented a car or used inland flights, subways, or trams. Especially in the bigger cities you don’t need a car. At one point we had to pick up a car in downtown Sydney. In combination with driving on the “wrong” side for us Belgians/Germans, this was rather stressful.

We wanted to have the freedom to check out the country side and stop whenever our heart desired. For Europeans; you need an international drivers license. Once again my girlfriend booked the cars in advance. She found a third party agency in Germany which was the cheapest and included all the necessary insurances.

For inland flights we simple used the Kiwi.com in order to find the cheapest price. Selecting places to see can be quite tricky in Australia. The country is huge and distances are not like in Europe. So it’s best to make your itinerary based on how long you stay.

Our top 5 for the East Coast!

  • Explore Sydney
  • Brisbane is an amazing city you can’t miss out!
  • Magnetic island
  • Fraser island + The Whitsunday Islands.
  • Melbourne

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