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9 Essential Budget tips for Australian Roadtrips

Australia is beautiful, huge, cosmopolitan, rugged, unmissable and, unfortunately, not as cheap and your other classic backpacker stops such as Southeast Asia. For many the idea the open road, running to your own schedule and taking your bedroom with you is appealing, not just for the freedom, but also the potential savings.

Read on for our essential tips on saving big bucks while you’re on the road, so you have more moolah for the important things. Like this hat. What?

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The Two Definitive New Zealand Road Trips

Now, before you bite our heads off, let us explain what we mean. There is definitely more to New Zealand than the stops included on these itineraries (we’ve neglected the north coast of the South Island for example), and the timings are, to say the least, ambitious.

But, if you don’t have the luxury of 3 months in New Zealand, you can use these routes to plan a trip that takes in the highlights. If you’re lucky enough to have even more time, you can build and expand on these to create one epic adventure around the whole country. So here we go, one route for the North Island and one for the South Island, taking in the best that New Zealand has to offer.

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State of Play USA: Louna Maroun’s Deep South

Louna Maroun – an Australian vlogger, singer songwriter and red hair enthusiast – and her partner Daniel Hynes, travelled between Atlanta, Nashville and New Orleans to discover the musical rhythms of the South. This is their story …

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Broome – Darwin: A Real Outback Adventure

One of the world’s last remaining wilderness regions, Western Australia should be high on any adventurer’s bucket list. With beaches to rival the East Coast but no people to get in the way of your sun, swathes of untouched land to explore and tumbling waterfalls to gaze at lovingly in the desert sunset, there is simply no reason not to start planning your trip immediately.

In this blog we take a closer look at the route from Broome to Darwin and pick out some of the highlights of this incredible land. Walking boots at the ready…

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New Zealand Campervan Dos and Don’ts

Today’s blog comes from our resident road tripper Hannah “Jeffers” Jeffery who isn’t actually that keen on Dire Straits. Honestly. 

If you have a secret thing for trailer trash, questionable driving skills (more sheep than people = empty roads) and musical tastes that shouldn’t be inflicted on coach loads of other travellers, then you’re the perfect candidate for a campervan trip! Kidding, it’s quite clearly all about the epic driving routes, mind-blowing landscapes and wilderness campgrounds and only a tiny bit about the Dire Straits playlist and roadside pie shops. However, before you scream “roadtrip” and bundle your motley crew of travel buddies into a van, there are a few things you need to know about campervanning in NZ.

With the help of our lovely friends at Mighty, Britz and Maui – the purveyors and experts of all things campervan –  we’ve come up with some not altogether unhelpful dos and don’ts.

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