Affordable travel experiences

Travelling on a limited budget is possible and we’re often asked how it can be done. Here are five affordable travel experiences to get you out there.

Q. I’m one of the lucky ones with time to spare. I want to enjoy an extended motoring holiday interstate. But which state? How do I get my planning started?

A. This is a BIG question about our BIG country. This link will take you to a list of all our state and territory tourism websites as well as each state’s major motoring association.

Q. I can’t afford hotel accommodation on an Age Pension but am not prepared to give up on the dream of travel. Where can I stay that is really inexpensive?

A. A few short decades ago the Youth Hostel Association only wanted young onions. Well that’s all changed – now there is no age limit whatsoever. It has the best accommodation and a bucket-load of deals for all travellers seeking new experiences, both in Australia and around the world. It may be time to revisit your youth and stay at one of its hostels.

Q. My partner and I are longing to become grey nomads. But where to go, how to get started, and can we work along the way? Help!

A. It doesn’t have to be that difficult. We like the one-stop shop website, Outback Now. It lists what’s on, where to go and where to stay, and suggests itineraries and even has a job board for those hoping to pick up work along the way.

Q. I am no longer able to get out much so I have become a great armchair traveller. Someone told me about a site which allows you to record all the different countries you have visited. How do I find this?

A. Easy – just visit the Interactive Maps website. There are a few versions of this map, but we like this one as you can record states as well as countries and you can colour the map yourself. There are 196 countries in the world so there is always a lot of exploring to do, either in person, or by reading great books and viewing great movies.

Q. I have been taking blood-thinning medication for some time, but apart from this my health is good. At 76, however, I seem to find fewer and fewer insurance companies offering user-friendly travel insurance. I am too nervous, however, to travel overseas without it. Any thoughts?

A. YOURLifeChoices is pleased to offer the best travel insurance we could find for our members and when you book online, you save 10 per cent. If you would prefer to speak to someone regarding your medical condition, you can call Australian Seniors Travel Insurance on 13 76 76.

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Written by Debbie McTaggart