Self Cooking, Shared cooking with hostel mates
Couch Surfing, Work to stay, Shared bunk beds
Hitchhiking, Public transport – bus, Shared transport – fuel and rent, Relocation deals
My personal advice and tips are:
1. Plan your travel journey with your best like-minded mates
Travelling with like-minded mates makes your travelling journey a great experience. Bear in mind travelling isn’t serious stuff – it’s a fun and exciting journey. Just imagine travelling without booking a hostel and sleeping in a car or staying in a farmhouse by shearing sheep as rent. If you wish to try this type of exciting journey, like-minded mates are the best companions. Travelling with like-minded friends can save money and help you travel within a small budget.
2. Keep an eye out for vehicle relocation deals
Do you want to travel from Christchurch to Auckland by car and get paid to do so? If so, keep an eye out for vehicle relocation deals. Car rental companies love travellers like us who can relocate a vehicle from one point to another as their customers will often leave their vehicle in a different point to their pick up on their departure from NZ. Below is a website link that I always refer to as it consolidates all the relocations in one place. http://www.rentalcarrelocation.co.nz/take-a-peek.php
3. Work to stay
Hostels such as YHA offer travellers work in exchange for accommodation. All you need to do is sacrifice your time (2-3 hours) and energy to clean rooms and toilets to score free accommodation. This is a really worthwhile deal if you’re up for it.
4. Use public transport
Travelling by car is a costly affair. Not only fuel and car hire but also traffic offence tickets. If you are not familiar with driving in New Zealand please book your travel by bus. If you are lucky enough you may get a $1 ticket deal to travel from one place to another – Nakedbus.com offers these deals. Plan your travel early to score these cheap deals.
The tips that I shared above are based on my own personal experience, I hope you enjoy the fun and joy of travelling on the cheap as much as I have.