Budget Holidays

With the Australian dollar weakening to almost US$0.73 today and expected to get weaker, there’s never been a better time to explore the discounted domestic holidays advertised in newspapers and on the Internet.

However, for some reason, the cost of living is still so high domestically, that its still cheaper to go overseas than to holiday here!

The airlines, hotels and travel companies all around the world want business and fast. And a really good way for them to target customers looking for a good deal is to advertise their special offers on Twitter.

You can follow Wotif (last-minute hotels discounted online), Virgin, Qantas, and most travel companies on Twitter for “Twitter only” specials. Also, if you simply browse newspapers or search online there are amazing offers available to the US, Thailand, Fiji and many other wonderful locations.

You deserve a break and now is as good a time as any to look out for something fun. Just think, once the airfare and accommodation package is paid, living costs are cheaper in many overseas countries than they are here.

Your say: What do you think, do you have any other ideas for holidays on a budget? Where would you most like to travel to?

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About Virginia Graham

Virginia Graham manages Model Mortgages, and is a qualified financial planner. She is regularly consulted by the Austereo MMM radio network on interest rates and has appeared on Channel Seven news and current affairs programs as well as more recently the Ch 9 Today show. Virginia previously worked for ANZ Bank’s Treasury department as an interest rate dealer and for stockbroking firm Salomon Smith Barney. She has a bachelor of commerce majoring in finance, banking and business economics. Earlier in her career, Virginia was a fashion model in New York, and has appeared on the cover of several fashion magazines, including Australian Vogue. She wrote a book Flirting With finance and is a regular contributor to Woman’s weekly online and hosted a series of finance videos for the Sydney Morning Herald and the Age.

One comment

  1. Britanica
    December 16, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    As corny as it may sound, I would be happy just being able to spend the holiday season with my husband. He wont be here till January which sucks because him being here would be enough to make me feel like I was on a vacation. It is funny how someone being away fro awhile can make you really cherish them and the feelings and memories they bring. As for my real answer, I think a nice holiday budget would be staying in a cabin and just enjoying the company of family or friends.

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