By June Ramli
I recently went on a whirlwind trip to Melbourne and Tasmania from Sydney for a mere $100 round-trip.
Let me spill the beans on how I did it.
My round-trip to Melbourne was a steal at $45, and my Tasmania jaunt was a cool $79.11 for both legs. How?
I stuck to the seven kg luggage limit, skipped inflight meals, and left seat selection to the computer.
On my way to Melbourne, I ended up sitting next to an up-and-coming model working for a lesser-known fashion designer stocked in David Jones.
She even offered her staff a discount for future evening gown shopping.
Her signature feature?
A gap between her teeth, which was a hot commodity in the modeling world.
Both Melbourne flights had delays, but it didn’t ruffle my feathers.
Sometimes, these unexpected hiccups add a dash of excitement to your journey.
The idea to visit Tasmania struck me during a mind-boggling BAS class.
My Tasmania round-trip cost $79.11, and I didn’t dip into any Qantas points this time.
I found out that I had company; many residents of Launceston hop on quick Melbourne flights, sometimes scoring round trips for as low as $39.90, all for a day of shopping, leaving uber early in the morning and returning on the last flight out.
It’s only a 50-minute hop.
Before you castigate Jetstar, think again.
It’s a godsend for penny-pinching travelers.
Mastering the art of packing light is a must.
Remember, no towels, toiletries under 100 ml for it to get past security, minimal clothing (a couple of undies, two bras, one pair of pants, multiple blouses, one dress, a comfy pair of walking shoes, socks, and wear your heaviest jacket). Once you hit that 6 kg luggage limit, stop packing.
In a nutshell, my journey is proof that budget travel is entirely doable.
Armed with some savvy strategies and a pinch of flexibility, you can embark on unforgettable adventures and even meet some fascinating folks along the way.
June Ramli is the editor of DailyStraits.com. To stay in touch with June, look her up on Twitter @junesairaramli