We’ve all thought it - teachers have it SO good, with their regular holidays and two months off at Christmas.
But what you don’t consider is that everyone and their dog is trying to book a trip for the exact same dates as you. Basic supply-and-demand economics will tell you that this does not put you in a good position to seek a budget airfare.
But you! You’re in luck. You’re a smart traveller who is reading this to learn some of the best ways to hack the system and get school-holiday-friendly deals.
Sure, flights to Europe in northern summer are a welcome change from Melbourne winter, but we are a sunburnt country, and winter in northern Australia is blissfully warm, not to mention stunning. Consider the Daintree rainforest in Queensland, or the Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia.
Find the hidden holidays
Not all school holidays align between states, and by being a savvy travel booker, you could sneak in a trip before the prices go up. In 2019 terms finish up roughly a week earlier in Victorian schools than they do in NSW, SA and Tasmania. Take advantage of the less busy (and cheaper) travel period and bask in the glory of your cleverness.
Watch out for cookies
No, not the white chocolate macadamia treats that someone sabotaged your best healthy eating intentions with in the lunchroom; the ones in your browser. Some travel sites may increase prices of flights and hotels as you search to create urgency. But not you, savvy traveller! You clear your cache and always get the best deal. Well done, you.
Rent it up
Let’s be honest: hotels, while luxurious, are often lacking the things you actually need – like a kitchen and laundry. With so many sharing sites like Airbnb, options are global, plentiful and prices competitive. And the money you’ll save by making a few of your own breakfasts and lunches instead of eating out can be re-allocated in your budget to travel further or longer. The best part? Unbiased local knowledge from your host. You’ll find out the best coffee at a secret neighbourhood hidden café on your first day and be rightfully smug for the rest of your holiday.