In recent years a ton of new travel apps and sites have been released with the budget traveller in mind. Check out the best on offer and start saving on anything from flights, accommodation and gear to food and drink.
Compare flights for the best deals
Australia is big, on another level of huge in fact. Lots of travellers underestimate the distances involved when travelling around the country, so it’s likely you'll be catching at least one internal flight during your stay. Compare prices using an app such as Webjet, which allows you to scan flights (without having to create an account like most) quickly and is super easy to navigate. Skyscanner's site and app have a world class rep for seeking out the best fares. Kayak is another gem which also has the handy option of “buy now or wait”, so you can see if prices improve over the coming days – a very useful feature. All three apps are free.
Seek out free wifi using Wi-Fi Finder
When your data is low and you need a connection Wi-Fi Finder is what you need. This free app, powered by Google Maps, uses your current location to show all the free WiFi spots nearby. You can filter by venue type e.g. cafe, library etc and it works offline too.
Earn some extra cash from your mobile
While you’re working hard travelling the world and seeing amazing places it’s fair to say most of us find we have hours to kill waiting for transfers or checking in to your next hostel. So why not use this time wisely and use your mobile to earn some extra cash? From online data entry jobs through sites like Upwork or Freelancer to online poker or sports betting apps, there’s plenty of ways for travellers to earn some extra cash. For example, when you have big sports matches coming up, some of the online bookies offer lucrative sign-up bonuses, and betters who visit now could get up to $1000 in bonus funds! Not a bad way to make some free money eh?
Find cheap food and drink deals using the Happiest Hour
The Happiest Hour is the backpacker's best friend when it comes to seeking out local hot spots and cheap deals, including Happy Hours of course. The app allows you to see all food, drink and cocktails specials on offer in your location and will even take you on a Happy Hour bar crawl. And it's free to boot.
Use Gumtree for...anything, basically
Ah the old favourite, Gumtree, is still one of the best ways of finding cheap second hand gear, anything from tents to hiking boots, along with accommodation, ride sharing opportunities and even cars and campervans. Download the app as soon as you hit the tarmac in Australia and use it as much as possible.