Slow travel: Explore Australia’s east coast by train

You might have heard of Eurail but have you heard of the Discovery Pass? The discovery pass allows you UNLIMITED travel between 365 destinations across New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and Canberra by train and coach! Starting from $232, you could get unlimited travel for fourteen days, a month, three months or six months.

All you have to do is simply buy your discovery pass and book all of your trips! If you’re not already sold, here are 5 reasons why you should travel the Australian east coast by train:

1.The scenery is amazing
Whether you’re zooming past the red land of the outback or cruising along the white coastlines, you’re bound to encounter some beautiful sights! Instead of experiencing turbulence and cloudy skies, why not experience a feast for your eyes?

2. It saves you money because the fares are fixed.
When you purchase the discovery pass, you don’t have to purchase anything else! Just grab your bags and go. There’s no need to worry about fluctuating flight prices or extremely expensive petrol prices because you’ve already paid for it! If you even want to save some more dollars, you can catch an overnight train as well!

3.It’s extremely flexible
The discovery pass is valid for unlimited travel, so you don’t have to plan everything in advance! If there’s a time and a place to be spontaneous, its now! Whether you want to book a train one week or one hour in advance, its possible with the discovery pass.

4. It’s convenient
The last thing you want to be doing when you arrive at a beautiful destination is to worry about how to get to the city center. But not to worry, most train stations and coach stops are already in the middle of the city center! With drop off stations being so close, your accommodation should only be a step away.

5. It’s helping the environment!
Trains are more energy efficient per passenger than planes or cars, which means its one of the most environmentally friendly modes of transport! Did you know train emissions are not directly released into the upper atmosphere? Who knew you could travel and save the planet at the same time!?

What are you waiting for? Get your discovery pass now! Whether you’re travelling to Byron Bay or Melbourne by train, we’ve got properties for you at Aabode.com!

5 ways to travel more sustainably

We all want to contribute to our community and global environment, but sometimes that can be hard when we’re travelling around the globe. Convenience can get the best of us but we’re going to show you 5 ways you can explore the world sustainably!

Travel slowly – going fewer places, spending more time

Spending more time in a country or a location is a great way to absorb the atmosphere! Whether you’re slowly perusing windy lanes or getting to know the locals, slow travel is something that can benefit both you and the environment. Exploring cities at a more comfortable pace allows you to see it in a different light and can open doors to new experiences! Spending more time in quieter towns allows the locals of your destination to preserve the culture and heritage of their place, rather than making everything commodities for tourists.

Use public transport instead

Spectacular views, no check ins and arriving in the city center? We’re all about it! Travelling by train or coach when possible is a great way to travel sustainably and uses from 29 times less carbon emissions.  Embarking on your journey by train also come with other huge benefits such as having no turbulence, comfortable seats and cheaper tickets! Even when you’re travelling within a city, catching the train is way cheaper and more convenient. Instead of arriving to the airport 3 hours early, use every second to continue exploring and then hop on a train before it leaves! Understandably, if you have to take a plane, try and book nonstop flights as takeoff and landings create most of the plane’s carbon emissions.

Refuse and reuse

 Did you know in some countries they wrap a single banana in plastic? The use of unnecessary plastic and packaging within the travel industry is astonishing. Even though the inconvenience of packaging during travel is helpful to us, it can be harmful to the environment. Where possible, refuse single use plastics that you won’t need any more (like tiny toiletries that we all like to steal) and reuse items that might be useful for later. Whether you’re bringing an empty water bottle with you or giving back unnecessary bags and cutlery packs, refusing and reusing will make a significant contribution to any environment!

Buy souvenirs that support the  real local economy

Of course you want to buy souvenirs! While there’s nothing wrong with buying a gift for your friends and family back home, try to avoid gimmicks and gizmos that might end up in the bin! Even though buying gifts from local shops might be a tad more expensive, you’ll be coming home with a unique gift and supporting the local economy in your destination! You can also opt to bring home tasty treats such as local sweets, spices or unusual foods.

Stay at homes or hostels run by locals

Local hostels and home rentals are an amazing way to interact with the nearby environment and the people in them! Most often locals run these types of accommodation and all of the profits will contribute to the local economy. Rather than staying in a sterile hotel room, book a quirky accommodation that will give you an authentic feel of how the locals live! In addition to this, home rentals use up to 78% less energy and up to 48% less water than hotels!





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How to stay on a budget while travelling!

After flights, accommodation and insurance, your wallet might be a little thin! But don’t worry, just because your wallet is small, doesn’t mean your adventure has to be. Check out our tips below on how to ball out on a budget!

Write down a list of all the free activities your destination has to offer

Before you go on your trip, the tip is to plan! Write down a list of any free sights or activities that your destination has to offer in advance. Of course, you don’t have to do them all, but by the time you get there, you have a plethora of activities to choose from. Even though the activities won’t cost anything, the experience will be priceless! Whether you’re hiking up a mountain, lounging on pearly white beaches or admiring spectacular views, if you have a list of things to do prior to your holiday, you’ll be spoilt for choice!

Eat food where the locals do or bring your own!

Food is something all of us can’t go without! Even though we all get tempted by buffet breakfasts and omikase dinners, they can cause a huge dent in our wallet. Instead, go where the locals do! Whether they go to a local chain, a street food stall or a convenient store, they’ll be an amazing feast waiting for you. If you want to be extra frugal or save your money towards more expensive experiences, try making your own food! A trip to the local grocery store in a foreign place is always a trip worth making because you’ll never know what you’ll find. Have a hand in making your own take on local dishes or pack a simple sandwich to go!

Avoid taxis and use public transport

Even though taxis might seem like the most convenient choice, you can rack up a ridiculously large bill after one ride. In most large cities, it could even be considered one of the most inconvenient choices because of the traffic! Have your hand at public transport while you travel. It saves you a truckload of money and you also get to see more of the city! Although it might seem intimidating, most cities also offer some transport passes that make travelling a breeze.

Avoid larger cities and explore smaller towns

We’re not saying you shouldn’t visit large hustling cities, but a big city, comes with a big price tag. Instead of visiting the big cities for the whole duration of your stay, just stay for a part of your stay and explore smaller towns after you’ve explored all of the main attractions. Larger cities often charge more for accommodation, foods and other goods because of the influx of tourists. Have a go at exploring the smaller cities so you can save some cash and experience the local life as well!

Be flexible and take your time

That’s what a holiday is for! Take your time to stroll around the area and enjoy the destination. Many make the mistake of cramming their itinerary and planning their day down to the minute. While it’s okay to plan out your day, just make sure you have time for unexpected or interesting things that will come your way while travelling!

See? Even if you’re strapped for cash, there’s always room for a holiday! We’ve also always got properties for you at Aabode.com!

5 Easy Ways to Save Money for your next trip

This blog post is here to challenge the popular myth that traveling the world is only for people with rich parents,  lottery winners, or work high paying jobs…

That trip to Italy doesn’t have to be just a daydream… Learn how to spend less, save more, and earn extra cash on the side to finally venture off on that life long dream adventure.


  1. Start transferring into a travel account 
    Putting aside money directly into an account specially for travel, especially into an account that you cannot easily withdraw from, makes it easier to visualize your future travel goals and get the process well underway.You can even go that extra mile and automate your savings. Automating a portion of your paycheck into a savings account will make it easier to get on top of those travel saving goals.

  2. Assess and track your current expenses – and make cuts
    Figuring out where you spend most of your money can go a long way towards figuring out what you’re doing wrong and right when it comes to saving. Tracking expenses is an important part of learning where you can cut back or even eliminate your spending. You’ll be surprised how much the little things tend to add up…

    A simple exercise can be as simple as grabbing a piece of paper and drawing up a ‘NEEDS’ and ‘WANTS’ columns and place everything you spend money on into one of these two columns… be cut throat and brutally honest!

    Do you really need that Netflix subscription right now?

  3. Develop habits that save you money
    Going out for food with friends is fun and all but what about inviting them over for dinner at your place instead? Cooking for yourself not only puts money back in your pocket but it’s fun too!

    Instead of paying for that hefty gym membership each month, why not run in the great outdoors or exercise in the comfort of your own home!

    Walk instead of using public transport when possible, it’s way healthier and not to mention FREE! So get up that extra half an hour early and start saving on petrol and transport passes.

  4. Get a piggy bank
    Having a visual ‘bank’ to watch your money grow every day, is great motivation and encouragement to keep putting your loose change in to build up your small fortune for those travel plans!

    Get creative and decorate a jar you already have at home and print out motivational travel quotes and pictures and stick them all over the jar for that EXTRA push to get your savings well underway!

    You seriously will be blown away how much all your loose change adds up!

  5. Have a market stall
    A quick and fun way to generate some spare cash is to sell your unwanted preloved goods! Have a market stall or if time isn’t on your side sell them online (Ebay, Gumtree and Depop). 

    De-clutter your life for dollars!!!

    “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure”


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