Travel Tips: Fund your travels in NZ and Australia

Sydney, Australian Flag

Australia and New Zealand are dream travel destinations for many people around the world, and understandably so. Australia’s unique landscapes and wildlife make it fabulously exotic, while New Zealand has stunning scenery and adventure in spades. The relaxed culture of both countries make them fun places in which to travel.

However, even once you’ve saved up for the significantly long haul airfare to travel to the far antipodes, there is some bad news for your travel budget. Australia and New Zealand have been named the world’s most expensive countries. That means your travel dollar won’t go far when holidaying there.

Darwin waterfront sunset, Australia

According to the recent Deutsche Bank ‘Mapping the World’s Prices report, many common travel costs – from public transport to eating out – cost more in Australia than anywhere else in the world. New Zealand isn’t far behind as its currency approaches parity with the Australian dollar. Sydney is one of the most expensive places in the world for a weekend getaway due to the exorbitant hotel room prices. It costs twice as much to stay in a hotel in Sydney as it would in New York City.

When I was travelling around Australia I often stayed at campgrounds and hostels because it was so expensive, especially in remote and iconic destinations such as Uluru and the red centre. So how can you keep travelling in the part of the world?

There is a silver lining to all this.  Both Australia and New Zealand legally allow online gambling. In other words you can top up your travel fund while you travel with a little online casino action.

Skyline Queenstown view New Zealand Photo by Natasha von Geldern

The position in New Zealand is clear – people can play at online casinos based overseas with total confidence of legality.

Similarly in Australia, it is legal for people in Australia to play poke or casino games online.  Sports betting online is also completely legal in Australia and New Zealand.

Just make sure the casinos you used have been independently audited by reputable international player protection organisation, to be sure you are playing in a safe and fair environment that complies with regulations and industry standards.

Agencies such as eCogra and TST certify casinos for fairness, security, and transparency of financial dealings with players. For example casinokiwi is the biggest review portal for New Zealanders and casinoreef is the biggest review portal for Australians.

So what are you waiting for? Start planning your travels in Australia and New Zealand today!

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About Natasha von Geldern

Natasha von Geldern is the World Wandering Kiwi, a freelance travel writer, editor and inveterate traveller who is passionate about making the pages of the atlas real one trip at a time.

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