If you are about to take a trip to Australia you might find it is surprisingly expensive, instead of what you might expect: Sydney has become one of the most expensive cities to live in, especially because of how strong the Australian dollar is right now, and it can become prohibitively expensive fast. If you are wondering “Is Sydney expensive to visit ?” the answer is yes, but you can offset the cost a bit as long as you are smart and make good choices.
For example, exchange your money AFTER ARRIVING in AUSTRALIA, instead of exchanging it in your country of origin. Most banks tend to take advantage of unaware, newbie travelers and offer terrible exchange rates while the banks in the country you are visiting will be much more reasonable in their exchange rates. A little bit of research shall tell you exactly where to find the most advantageous rates so you can get the most out of your money.
Of course, try to avoid tourist traps: this famous restaurants tend to offer cheap entertainment and fast, low quality dishes for a really high price because tourists simply don’t know any better. Try to find local restaurants: not only will they be much more reasonably priced but the food will taste better, be more traditional and the staff will be much more welcoming.
If you are traveling by yourself while on a budget, consider staying at a youth hostel or doing some couch surfing or look for cheap serviced apartments in Sydney instead of going to a hotel. It can be much cheaper (or even free !) and it can help you make new friends, just be smart and stay aware of how this things might put you in a dangerous situation !
All in all, while Sydney is n the top 10 most expensive cities in the world… it doesn’t have to be as long as you do your research!