Every Australian who has ever ventured overseas knows that international holidays don’t come cheap. Not only do you have to factor in a hefty plane ticket price, but currency swings and travelling during peak season also comes into play. With that said, it's possible for two people to travel surprisingly far on a modest budget of $5000 - with flights and accomdation included.
RateCity.com.au has found that on a budget of $5000 there are some seriously affordable locations in reach for a two-person holiday.
Factoring in flights and accommodation, and budgeting for $100 spending money each day, we looked at ten of Australia’s favourite destinations to see how they stacked up against each other.
Bangkok, Thailand – 17 days
Bangkok topped the list as the most affordable place to travel, with a princely total of 17 days' holiday for two people. Known for its vibrant street life, once you’re in Bangkok you can treat yourself to world-renowned street food in their marketplaces or visit awe-inspiring shrines. Return tickets for two won’t cost you much over $1000, and the average price for a hotel in 2017 came in at $106.
You’ll want to avoid pesky currency conversion fees while in Thailand. ING’s Orange Everyday account lets you ditch international transaction fees when you deposit $1000 or more and make five or more card purchases that are settled each month. This makes ING’s Orange Everyday account a competitive investment before any international flight.
Bali, Indonesia – 15 days
One of the most visited destinations for Aussie travellers, Bali is well known for its affordability. This destination came in second on our list with flights going for $1,499 for two people, and the average hotel price sitting at around $128.
However, as Bali’s popularity continues to skyrocket, so does the number of high-end hotels, shops and restaurants. It is possible to burn through your budget if you’re not careful.
Delhi, India – 12 days
You may not realise it, but $5K will give you 12 days in Delhi, with flights coming in at $1,787 and an average hotel price at $155. It’s a total sensory overload in this Indian city, famous for its history, architecture, art and food. Day-to-day living is cheap and you can easily travel to must-see attractions, such as Humayun’s Tomb or the Lotus Temple.
Singapore – 11 nights
Singapore has relatively low airfares thanks to its airport being one of the most popular stopover spots for long haul flights, with tickets setting you back $1,187.
Once you leave the airport, however, prices can jump much higher. An average hotel price is $218, and budget-conscious travellers should be careful to avoid Orchard Ave or any skyline cocktail bars if they want to keep costs down.
Tokyo, Japan – 10 days
One of the more expensive destinations on our list, $5K can go quickly in Tokyo, but if you travel in off season times you’ll be able to take advantage of affordable flights and accommodation. We found airfares for $1,857 if you travel in April.
Average accommodation prices sit at $203, but if you’re in the mood for an experience you can check out a capsule hotel. There you’ll sleep in a pod for a more reasonable price of around $25.
In terms of travel funds, keep an eye out for 7-Eleven stores as its cash machines seem to work better than most, and try and carry a few different money options with you just in case.
This story has been updated since its original publication.