D Get­ting un o guided r a

Travel Bulletin - - EUROPE -

It may be one of the most beau­ti­ful places in the world but the no­to­ri­ously ex­pen­sive Scan­di­navia isn’t the eas­i­est to travel around if you’re on a bud­get. Amanda Woods gives us her tips on mak­ing the most of a hol­i­day here.

While those who are happy to camp, stay in hos­tels and do most of their own cook­ing can keep costs to a min­i­mum, trav­ellers who pre­fer to spend their nights in ho­tels and eat out can find their ex­penses climb­ing when ex­plor­ing Scan­di­navia. In Den­mark, Aus­tralians are the se­cond big­gest in­ter­na­tional spenders with a daily av­er­age of 2,013 DKK (A$427) be­hind Brazil on 2,351 (A$498). In Nor­way the av­er­age spend for coun­tries out­side Europe is 2,795 NOK (A$457) while the av­er­age Chi­nese tourist spends a whop­ping 8,130 NOK (A$1,330) per day. Mean­while in Swe­den the av­er­age tourist spends 800 SEK (A$135) a day on top of their ac­com­mo­da­tion costs. Trav­ellers who are con­cerned about the cost of their trip can find some peace of mind by choos­ing a tour or guided hol­i­day. While the level of in­clu­sions such as meals can vary be­tween tours and com­pa­nies, trav­ellers can take com­fort in know­ing most of their hol­i­day needs have al­ready been pre-paid, al­low­ing them to bud­get for any ex­tras ac­cord­ingly. Then there are the po­ten­tial sav­ings. As Matthew Cameron-smith, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of Trafal­gar and Costsaver ex­plains, trav­ellers can ben­e­fit from the buy­ing power that comes from be­ing part of a large or­gan­i­sa­tion at The Travel Cor­po­ra­tion. “Guided hol­i­days can help trav­ellers save money in Scan­di­navia as the ma­jor­ity of the trip vari­ables are al­ready locked in. Our team works ex­ten­sively to cu­rate itin­er­ar­ies that in­clude cen­trally-lo­cated ho­tels, many meals com­pris­ing of full break­fast daily and ex­clu­sive Be My Guest din­ing ex­pe­ri­ences, lo­cal sight­see­ing with Lo­cal Spe­cial­ists and Cul­tural In­sights to give you a deeper un­der­stand­ing of a desti­na­tion. “We are able to work with our sup­pli­ers

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