I am in the process of planning a three month trip to Australia and New Zealand for 2013. I recently became aware of two memberships that can net substantial discounts.
One is my US Auto Club membership. We can show our US Auto Club card and obtain roadside assistance and discounts at International Auto Clubs. This is true in many other countries. I had no idea when I rented a car in Europe that I could use my Auto Club card. If you are in the US, check out this site http://exchange.aaa.com/automobiles-travel/international-travel/international-clubs/. If you are in another country, check with your local auto club for reciprocal agreements.
The second savings tip is to join your country’s Youth Hostel Association. They also provide discounts on rental cars, tours, attractions, travel insurance and other services. You don’t have to stay in Youth Hostel’s although you might want to consider checking out my prior blog about Hosteling.
In the US Senior membership for a year is only $18.00. http://hiusa.org/membership/ways_to_join. This member ship will save us 40% when we travel from Darwin to Adelaide on the famous Ghan train. http://www.greatsouthernrail.com.au/site/the_ghan/fares.jsp
So those are my tips for today.