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Air Travel to Australia

Air travel to Australia can easily be your largest expense. Flying during the off-season can help cut your travel costs in half. Also, searching for airline deals directly on an airlines website can be the best way to find a cheap ticket.

Due to New Zealand’s proximity to Australia (OZ), travel to OZ commonly includes a layover in Auckland, NZ, and it’s often possible to extend your stay for several weeks or even months if you’re interested in visiting both countries.

Buying a round-trip ticket is generally the cheapest option no matter where you are traveling to. Don’t get stuck in Australia during the southern hemisphere’s summer months without a return ticket if you are planning on flying home around that time. A one way ticket can easily cost upwards of $2000! (Where a well-planned round trip ticket to Australia can cost half that if bought in advance.) Also, changing the date of a flight during these popular months can be unbelievably expensive. Although airlines will quote you a $50-100 fee to change dates, they will also factor in the additional price of the new ticket and add this to your bill, often resulting in costs upward of $1000.

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Ani St. Amand is truly a modern day hobo, hopping freight trains, stealing rides on passenger trains, and hitchhiking all over this earth. Originally from the state of Maine in the USA, Ani continues to travel “with one eye on the platform.” has written 15 posts on Vagabond Journey. Contact the author.

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