Cairns Outback Tasting Adventure

Cairns Outback Tasting Adventure

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Budget Friendly Activities in Taupo, New Zealand

Travelling is exciting. There’s always something new for us to experience once we start seeing the world using a new set of lens. But travelling can also be expensive. Free travel can be rarely experienced unless you frequently join a contest that rewards a trip of a lifetime. When we start thinking about the expenses needed for a certain trip, our minds often produce another choice: stay at home. Who doesn’t love that?cairns_activity_combosThe question is, are we willing to invest on international and local trips for the sake of relaxation and experiencing something new? Hopefully, you choose yes.

Fortunately, cheaper alternatives can be found. Instead of paying thousands of dollars for a five-star hotel room, we can opt to cheaper hostels that don’t sacrifice our comfort. Instead of buying expensive plane tickets that leave the next day, we can be smart and book ahead to secure seat sales. And instead of just spending a lot of cash on activities, we can also consider looking for free and cheap things to do in places like Taupo, New Zealand.

  • Rent a Kayak and Use Your Muscles

Some rental Kayaks will be pricey, but the cheap ones that cost less than $40 per hour can be a good deal. Lake Taupo is large and you will need more than an hour to get around but it doesn’t mean 1 hour of kayaking won’t be fun.

  • Walk Short Trails

The Huka Falls is not something we should ignore as tourists. Its beauty is beyond imagination and you don’t even need to pay for hiking fee in order to see it. Along the way, the Waikato River is a bonus view you shouldn’t miss. You can ask for directions from locals and from backpackers in the area.

  • Experience Free Spa in Otomuheke Stream, Spa Park

After a day of trekking and walking, dipping your tired body at the natural geothermal hot spring will satisfy you. The spa does not have staff walking around to accompany you and there are no rooms for you to change. Your valuables will be under your care. The public park will continue to be open for many if its visitors will continue to take care of it. Bring your own towel and refrain from polluting the area by leaving your trash.

  • Hopefully, You Know How to Use a Bicycle

If you do, rent one, bring your hat, and wear comfortable clothes because it is going to be one hell of an adventure. You can roam around the Taupo town center, visit the nearest beaches and the places mentioned above without spending a lot of cash on bus tours.

Familiarize Taupo before embarking. Touring around the place can be confusing and we should avoid getting lost at all cost. If possible, save a little cash for emergencies so that you’ll be able to go home after experiencing the magnificence of Taupo. Don’t go home without a good photo! After all, one of the best ways to preserve memories is to capture the beautiful moments and scenes.

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Vacation on a Budget: Cairns, Australia

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When we think of vacationing on a budget, it sounds like we have a lot to compromise in order to survive and make it back home alive. But we don’t really need to sacrifice that much to have an unforgettable trip if we consider the following:

  • Visit the Art Galleries

It’s free and their monthly exhibitions can wake the sleeping artist in you! In the town center, you can visit Cairns Regional Gallery where you can see exhibits about their beloved Great Barrier Reef and more. Some other art galleries you should consider include the KickArts Centre of Contemporary Arts, Canopy Artspace, and Crackerbox Palace.

  • Dine and Buy Cheap Souvenirs at the Night Market

Whether it’s the Esplanade Market or the Cairns Night Market, you’ll eventually find a gem to bring back home. All around the world, night markets are suitable for budget travelers because there are more choices and more chances of scooping the best local items.

  • Hit the Trails!

Make sure that you’re wearing comfortable shoes for Cairns Botanical Garden’s walking trails, the Red Arrow and Blue Arrow trails. Both will lead you to Australia’s beautiful rainforest views. It will be the best time for you to bring your camera and capture as many photos as you can. If you prefer a less challenging experience, go with the Red Arrow trail. If you prefer the opposite, the Blue Arrow trail is 5.4km long and more difficult than the other. If you’re asking for more, you can also hike the tallest natural pyramid, Walsh Pyramid. This experience will require around 7 hours of hiking and the reward is just waiting at the top.

  • Just Keep Swimming

The northern beaches (Trinity Beach, Four Mile Beach, Palm Cove) are accessible to everybody, and getting there is easy with a bus ride. If it’s the sun and the sand you are craving for, this is the best place to be in. If you prefer the rainforests, then you might want to consider hiring a ride in order to reach Crystal Cascades, Atherton Tablelands, and Stoney Creek Falls. There, you’ll find the best swimming holes and jumping spots. Prefer the pool instead? Cairns Lagoon offers cheap to free entrance as you enjoy their WiFi and live music.

  • Score the Cheapest Tickets!

As much as possible, we want to share you the non-pricey activities in Cairns, but leaving the place without seeing any of the main attractions, like the Great Barrier Reef and the Kuranda Skyrail, is a waste. One cheap way to get to the Great Barrier Reef is to compare cruise prices. The cheapest is more likely the slowest boat which isn’t bad, as it gives us the chance to enjoy the ocean more (unless you’re in a rush.) Also, instead of booking separate tours, you can browse the web for discounted combinations. For exploring the Kuranda Trails, combo deals are also available for those who are seeking the cheapest alternative. For example, instead of taking both the Skyrail and the train, you can look for buses that can take you up and will cost less.

Although Australia can be expensive, it’s still manageable to save. Hopefully, these 5 options will work for you!

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