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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