Australia is notoriously expensive, both as a travel destination and a place to live. Hey, we enjoy world-class health services, good public transport and we’re relatively safe and secure to walk the streets, day or night. These things come at a cost, and other countries aren’t so lucky.
But other countries can provide a destination where your Aussie dollar goes a lot further than a week in an Australia.
Foreign exchange company Travelex, recently researched the destinations where £500 (around A$890) would last the longest.
It based its figures on daily out-of-pocket tourist expenses, including three restaurant meals, four soft drinks, two beers, two coffees, and two trips on public transport. The spending does not include accommodation costs, although countries with a low cost of living generally offer lower accommodation rates, too.
They may cost a little extra to get there, but these seven destinations will give you big bang for your buck once you hit the ground.
Poland is famous for its medieval architecture and history, specifically WWII and Cold War history. Travellers with A$890 can spend 22 days visiting the Polish hotspots of Krakow and Warsaw, or skiing, hiking and mountain climbing in the mountains. But get in soon, because the new government may change the generally tourist-friendly nature of this European wonder.
Same goes for Hungary, where 22 days wandering through the capital Budapest and revelling in unique culture, history, scenery, and cuisine will only set you back around A$900. Enjoy a pilsner at a ruin pub or garden club, relax in the famed thermal spas or simply admire the gothic architecture.
5. Czech Republic
Seems Eastern Europe is tops for budget travellers, because along with Poland and Hungary, the Czech Republic (or Czechia as it is now known) and Bulgaria also offer great value for money. You can spend 23 days in Czechia, enjoying the history, culture, nightlife and cuisine in a setting that borders on fairy tale.
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