Stretching Your Holiday Dollar: How to Slash Your Holiday Costs

The decision to take a holiday is not one you make lightly because we all know, holidays aren’t cheap. Booking flights, accommodation and even your meals can make a huge dent in your pocket.

Australia is a hot holiday destination and Brisbane is one of the most visited regions in the country. Because of this, accommodation in Brisbane isn’t cheap. I know how expensive a Brisbane holiday can be, which is why at Bridgewater Terraces we like to offer guests affordable self-contained holiday accommodation that will help cut down on costs.

There are other ways you can save on your holiday spending and I’ve come up with different ways you can make your holiday dollar stretch in our lovely city.

Affordable flight options

booking flights

If you are travelling to Brisbane by air, one way to save on costs is to book in advance. Several airlines provide cheaper flight deals when the booking is done way ahead. If you are not able to book in advance you can pick a budget airline. There are many, particularly within Asia that offers cheap and affordable air tickets.

Flexible Accommodation Options

If you do not have your heart set on staying at a hotel or a resort, you can save a lot of your holiday dollar by choosing affordable accommodation. There are several options you can choose that cost significantly less than a hotel. One example is right here at Bridgewater Terraces where we offer affordable 1, 2, and 3 bedroom self-contained holiday apartments.

Book in advance

No matter the accommodation option you choose, you tend to save more money by booking in advance. Another advantage of booking in advance is that you will not find yourself scrambling for accommodation, especially if you are traveling at a busy period.

Travel in the low-season

There are always seasons that are less busy than others. At Bridgewater Terraces, we’ve discovered that Brisbane holidays are usually busiest during the summer. This doesn’t mean that you can’t experience Brisbane at other seasons. Planning your holiday in a low-season will save you cost on air tickets and accommodation.

Compare Prices

Compare Prices online

Don’t be in a hurry to book your accommodation. Use comparison websites or hotel booking sites to compare prices and services before you book your stay. You will discover that some accommodation types such as holiday apartments might be a cheaper accommodation option.

Book directly

While booking sites are great for comparing prices on accommodation, go directly to the website of the accommodation provider you want to use and do your booking. You could call them directly to book as well. Most booking sites charge a booking fee and booking directly will help you save a few dollars. We offer reduces rates for direct bookings at Bridgewater Terraces as to do most other holiday accommodation providers in Brisbane.

Search for free activities

While on holiday, you don’t need to spend money on every single activity. There are so many wonderful things you can do on a Brisbane holiday that don’t cost you anything, but your time. You can visit a farmer’s market, go to the Botanic Gardens or take the CityHopper. Search for activities that will give you a great experience without draining your bank.

Read my previous post, free things to do on a Brisbane holiday, for a list of free activities.

Spend on what matters

But don’t forget that you are on holiday and you’re here to have a good time. So, determine what really matters to you and then spend some money on that. Taking the time to think through what you really want to spend money on helps to save you from spending on things that will not mean as much to you.

But if you do want to be frugal in your choices, check out my earlier post, how to best spend $100 in Brisbane.

Wi-Fi is your friend

Mobile data is expensive, especially when you are abroad. Take advantage of free Wi-Fi to keep in touch with friends and family back home. You can have video conferencing or video chats through Google Hangout or Skype and unlimited instant messages via Facebook. This will not cost you anything if you are using WiFi. If you are staying with us at Bridgewater Terraces, you will get access to our Wi-Fi (at a small surcharge).

Self-contained holiday

self-contained holiday apartments

One of our self-contained holiday apartments at Bridgewater Terraces

Planning a self-contained holiday is a great way to slash your holiday costs. Eating out has a way of slowly working its way through your holiday dollar. Choosing self- contained holiday accommodation like our apartments will help stretch your holiday dollar.

Ditch the plastic

Finally, as you plan for your Brisbane holiday, ditch the plastic. Instead go with a travel money debit card and preload it in the local currency. Not only are you putting a cap on how much you can spend, you are saving on transaction fees.


Going on a holiday means that you will spend, but there are creative ways to stretch your holiday dollar. These tips will help you slash the cost of your Brisbane holiday.

Staying with us at Bridgewater Terraces in any of our 1, 2, or 3-bedroom apartments is also a perfect way to make your holiday dollar go a long way. Contact us to reserve your holiday apartment or visit our bookings page to book online now.

About Denis Goodman

Denis is the manager of Bridgewater Terraces and has a long history with accommodation and property management rights. He brings his knowledge and experiences into his writer to help holiday makers have a wonderful holiday.

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