Tricks on How to Spend Almost Two Weeks in Hong Kong & Australia on $93 a Day

Got Australia and Hong Kong on your bucket list? Here's how to spend almost two weeks in Hong Kong and Australia on $93 a day.

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Got Australia and Hong Kong on your bucket list? You can have a luxury trip on a budget. Here’s how to spend almost two weeks in Hong Kong and Australia on $93 a day.

A long trip doesn’t have to be expensive. Nor do you have to backpack or stay in hostels. You can have a First Class luxury trip by following my tips.

Tricks on How to Spend Almost Two Weeks in Hong Kong & Australia on $93 a Day


Australia is one of my favorite places in the world. So I’ll jump on any chance to visit. Jeff and I have been to Brisbane and Sydney and loved both of those cities. But this trip, I wanted to explore more of the country. And I love visiting Hong Kong for the food. After all, it’s home to the cheapest Michelin starred restaurant in the world.

Here are a few tips, tricks, and secrets to enjoy 12 days in Hong Kong and Australia for $93 a day.

Read: The how to luxury guide to Sydney on $85 a day

Melbourne, Canberra & Perth Winter Vacation Costs

You can spend a summer vacation in Hong Kong and Australia for about $93 a day. Here’s how I did it and how you can too.

1.  Airfare

  • First Class one-way ticket on Cathay Pacific from Los Angeles to Hong Kong
  • Business Class one-way ticket on Cathay Pacific from Hong Kong to Adelaide
  • One-way Business Class ticket on Qantas from Adelaide to Melbourne
  • Coach one-way ticket on Qantas from Melbourne to Canberra
  • One-way coach ticket on Qantas from Canberra to Perth
  • Business Class one-way ticket on Cathay Pacific from Perth to Hong Kong
  • First Class one-way ticket on Cathay Pacific from Hong Kong to Los Angeles

The total cost for airfare: $470.06. But you can also do it for $172.66

Read: Our First Class Hawaiian Airlines Honolulu Sydney Flight for $63

2.  9 Nights Lodging

I generally switch hotels each night. So I can earn elite status faster with stays vs nights and try a variety of hotels to review. But you don’t have to. You can still save on accommodations without changing hotels every night.

  • Hyatt Regency Hong Kong Tsim Sha Tsu
  • Park Hyatt Melbourne
  • Grand Hyatt Melbourne
  • Airbnb stay at a converted warehouse
  • Doubletree Melbourne
  • Hyatt Hotel Canberra
  • Airbnb stay at in an apartment for two nights
  • Hyatt Regency Perth

For our Sydney trip we used points so had $0 accommodation cost. This time I paid cash and used points. Where it made more sense to pay cash than use points (because the cost to earn those points would be more than paying cash), I paid cash. Otherwise, I used points.

This was my biggest expense for this trip. Way more than I would have liked to pay. But I also got to see if there was a benefit to booking via a Virtuoso agent (more on that in another post).

The cost for accommodations: $1,184.15.

But you can do it for $424.09 using points from your Hyatt card, Chase Sapphire Preferred, and Chase Sapphire Reserve card.

If you have a Capital One card like the Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card (learn how to apply), you can reduce your accommodation expense to $0.

Read: How to get free breakfast at hotels

3.  Transportation

Hong Kong, Melbourne, Canberra, and Perth are very walkable cities. I walked everywhere, except for very long distances and going from one accommodation to another. But you can ride the train, tram, and bus cheaply. In Melbourne and Perth there are also free city trams and buses. And there’s always Uber.

The total cost for transportation: $311.54. I used Uber a LOT. You can reduce this to $231.54 by using the bus instead of Uber.

4.  Activities and Tours

Because I’ve visited Hong Kong before and visited the Big Buddha and other places, I stayed in and tried to get over my jet lag. Like Sydney, a lot of activities in Melbourne, Canberra, and Perth are free. You can read all the fun, free things to do in Melbourne, Canberra, and Perth in another post.

Cost for activities and tours: $15.09

5.  Food

You can eat cheaply in Hong Kong. But food is expensive in Australia. But you can save money if you have hotel lounge access or book through Amex Fine Hotels & Resorts or Virtuoso. You can also save by finding inexpensive local places and shopping at the grocery store. Food: $182.74

6.  Sim Card

I have a Google Fi data card (thanks, Steve), but bought a local sim card. Having cell service is important if you need to reach your Uber driver. 🙂 And for safety when you’re traveling as a solo female.


You can spend two weeks in Hong Kong and Australia for less than $100 a day, including airfare, hotel, activities, transportation, and food.

What are your tips on doing Hong Kong and Australia on a budget?

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Debra is a former 12-year travel industry executive and has traveled the world using airline miles and credit card points since 1994. She'll teach you the secrets of traveling well for less.

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  • Stefan September 10, 2016 at 10:07 am

    Great stuff! Impressive in what is such an expensive destination. Really want to visit Auz (and HK!) one day. Have pinned to our favourite Travel Tips post.

  • Mar September 10, 2016 at 10:19 pm

    Hey! So how did you manage to spend so little on flights? Did you use miles? I think I missed that part

  • Alina Popescu September 10, 2016 at 11:37 pm

    Wow, this is an impressive guide! I am surprised at how low the airfare was! And the cost of activities. Quite impressive.

    I always think of trips to Australia and Asia as very impressive, mostly because of the plane tickets. Unfortunately, not that many airlines flying out from Romania, but I’m sure I can get around that 🙂

  • Carmen's Luxury Travel September 11, 2016 at 3:39 am

    Love travel posts that help me budget and this one was no exception! Thanks for sharing and happy travels 🙂

  • melody pittman September 11, 2016 at 7:43 am

    Very comprehensive post. Thank you for all the info. Look forward to checking out Australia some day and this will be helpful. I didn’t realize so many chain hotels were there.

  • Chrysoula September 11, 2016 at 9:12 am

    Nice post. good advice! I never thought that there is a way to spend so little money in these countries

  • Natalia September 11, 2016 at 11:45 am

    Such a detailed breakdown of expenses! Thank you for sharing your tips and experience. It will be great to visit both Australia and Hong Kong one day, thus I saved this article for future.

  • Jenna September 11, 2016 at 11:00 pm

    Great tips for keeping costs down! I’ve been wanting to visit Hong Kong lately, and Australia has always sounded pretty amazing, as well. Nice to hear there are plenty of free things to do in both spots!

  • Kathy Brown September 12, 2016 at 6:38 am

    Until reading this post I had no idea you could travel to Hong Kong so cheap. It also seems like you had a great time too. I always get nervous that if it’s to inexpensive I’ll be in some dirty hotel or miss out on something. Great post

  • Natalie September 12, 2016 at 7:41 am

    Really great tips! I’ve long wanted to visit Australia, but I keep hearing how expensive it is. As someone who’s always looking for a great travel deal, I’m glad to hear that it is possible to do Australia on a budget. Pinning! 🙂

  • Vanessa September 12, 2016 at 8:23 am

    We found food costs in Sydney to be VERY expensive – even our usual tricks like visiting farmers’ markets and grocery stores and fast food joints didn’t really help. If I were to do it all over again, I would go prepared with a list of recommended budget food eats and I’d considered spending more for a hotel with an included breakfast buffet – more costs upfront will save you in the long term.

  • Sage September 12, 2016 at 10:14 am

    What a timely post, my inlaws are going to Hong Kong and Australia next month! I think their budget is a bit bigger than $93/day, but I’ve sent this link to them anyway 🙂

    I’m good at traveling on a budget when need be. I get quite a few meals from the grocery store (I love checking other countries’ groceries) but I’m not hardcore enough to change hotels daily… that’s serious commitment!

  • Cassie @ Southeast by Midwest September 12, 2016 at 12:58 pm

    I would love to visit and explore the country of Australia one day, as well as Hong Kong. I would have to say that I would probably use an Uber versus a bus as well. Now that Uber has gotten more popular it’s just more convenient then waiting on a bus. I am eager to hear more about Virtuoso though, I’ve never heard of it before!

  • Corde the Writer September 12, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    Hong Kong and Sydney, Australia are two of my favorite locals. I visited them in 2013 and 2014. I wish I had money saving tips then because both cities can be very pricey.

  • Emerald September 12, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    Thank you for such a detailed break down of how to save money while traveling. I always go for convenience and luxury, so I end up spending so much when I travel. However, the next time I travel abroad, I’ll be sure to employ your tips and tricks!

  • jehava September 12, 2016 at 2:17 pm

    Wow this is so neat. I really enjoy reading your blog. I would love to travel more and see places like this. Hopefully one day soon!

  • Tee September 12, 2016 at 6:11 pm

    I would never think it was possible to spend so little money each day for 2 weeks between places like Hong Kong and Australia. You’re right, you can eat cheaply at Hong Kong. Such great food too! Thanks for these tips.

  • Kate - Highlights Along the Way September 12, 2016 at 7:48 pm

    Oh my goodness – I have always thought I was a savvy shopper when it came to travel but apparently I am wrong! I never even knew that it would be beneficial for points and rewards to stay at a different hotel each night. The SIMS card tip was awesome too – thank you!

  • Eileen September 12, 2016 at 9:23 pm

    Thank you for this informative post. I never thought a budget of $93/day would be enough. I guess we just have to look out for deals and do our research first before booking a flight and a hotel room. Whenever I travel, food is usually the biggest expense! Next time I am out of the country, I will go try the local establishments – to have a better grasp of their cuisine and it would be easier on the pocket too.

  • Gwendolyn Mulholland September 12, 2016 at 11:10 pm

    I would love to go to Australia. It has been a dream trip for as long as I can remember. These tricks make it seem more possible and I will have to give the trip more consideration.

  • Kathleen September 13, 2016 at 5:11 am

    This is awesome!! Australia is on my list of places to visit!!

  • Megan | September 13, 2016 at 8:31 am

    This is SO helpful. Pinning for later.

  • Kristy @ Mommy Hates Cooking September 13, 2016 at 10:54 am

    I am impressed! I never would have thought it was possible to travel abroad so frugally. Australia has been on my bucket list for years, and I’ve always thought it would take far more than that to travel there. Thank you for these great tips!

  • Ryan | Blogging From Paradise September 13, 2016 at 1:53 pm

    Hi Debra,

    Super impressive.

    Walking is huge for lowering travel and overall costs. We walk everywhere – in walk-able cities – and do public transport too. Last month in Instanbul we spent like $30 on transportation. 15 smackers to and from the airport, bus-style, and 0 transport costs for the month. Of course, we happened to travel on post coup attempt days where free public transport was available to encourage folks to get out and celebrate democracy 😉 But even if we paid it’d have been $1 to $2 per trip.

    Thanks for sharing!


  • Jasmine September 13, 2016 at 6:06 pm

    Now that is really impressive! I would never have thought it was possible to affordably visit either of these places. Both Australia and Hong Kong are my bucket list and now you’ve made it seem more realistic!

  • Anita hendrieka September 14, 2016 at 10:53 pm

    Really great advice here. It’s amazing how cheap you can get airfares and so on if you look hard enough!

  • glenn February 9, 2017 at 12:08 am

    Really great advice for me. Australia is on my list of places to visit with my family!!

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