Travelling solo is one of life’s big adventures and has become a rite of passage for many young Aussies. If you’re planning on heading abroad by yourself, there are some easy ways to make your dollar go further.

Tips for Solo travellers to get the most out of your travel budget.

Do your research before leaving. Check out what local attractions such as museums have free days, whether there are free city tours, and if discount websites like Groupon are offering deals for your destination.

Try hostels for accommodation but also look into AirBnB, especially if you’re looking for a bit more space and privacy. There’s also the added benefit of having a host who might show you the local sights.

Eat out for lunch instead of dinner, and stay clear of tourist hot spots. Restaurants are notorious for bumping up prices to take advantage of unsuspecting travellers. Look for where the locals eat instead, and make the most of supermarkets and fresh food markets. It’s a great way to experience local cuisine and culture.

Use free wifi to access Whatsapp or Viber to keep in touch with friends and family rather than racking up a hefty phone bill via global roaming. Or if you do have to use your mobile to make calls, switch to a local SIM instead.

Don’t be afraid to ask for discounts and upgrades. Contact hotels directly and ask if they have special deals they might not publicise on the net, be prepared to bargain with car hire companies, and ask airlines if you can be bumped up from economy.

Walk! One of the best ways to get to know a new city is to walk. Check out parks, wander the neighbourhoods or just go window shopping. It’s free, good exercise and you could meet new people, both natives and travellers alike.

Being a solo traveller can be exhilarating. It’s an opportunity to do what you want, where you want, when you want! You’re on no-one’s schedule but your own, so enjoy! #MakeHolidayHappen

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