I’ll try all kinds of things to keep myself exploring a little longer. This time, I challenged myself to survive on this low budget food plan whilst sleeping in a station wagon for 4 months in Australia. Eating for $11 a week In Australia.

$11 Australian dollars is equal to: £6.15 British pounds or $8.12 US dollars or €6.97 Euro. Think you could make that a weeks food budget?

So recently I’ve had a lot of messages asking how I’ve managed to travel full time since 2014. One of the many answers to this question is: Cutting back on the things you want, just buying the things you need.

Asking yourself if you need it, or just want it is so important. 

All the foods listed below do not need refrigerating or freezing, which is why they are perfect for a road trip.

Obviously if I am living somewhere with facilities I’ll swap most of the things on this list for fruit and veggies from local farmers markets. Even then I never go over $15 per week.

Okay before we do this particular road trip food list I must note that everybody’s body is different, this is just an example of how I save money on food per week.

 

Shopping List

One loaf of bread: $1.50

One Rockmelon: $3.00

Instant Noodles for one week: $0.60 ($1 pack of 5)⁃

One can of peas: $0.80

One can of can of sweet corn: $0.80

Three apples: $0.35

100g of pasta: $0.65

One jar of pasta sauce: $1.50

Muesli bars: $0.80

Baked beans: $0.80

 

Meal Plan

Monday

Breakfast: Two slices of bread with vegemite.

Lunch: Half a rockmelon.

Dinner: Half can of chickpeas, half can peas, half can sweet corn.

Tuesday

Breakfast: Two slices of bread with peanut butter.

Lunch: Muesli bar and apple.

Dinner: One packet of instant noodles.

Wednesday

Breakfast: Two slices of bread with peanut butter.

Lunch: Muesli bar

Early Dinner: Big portion of pasta with pasta sauce.

Thursday

Breakfast: Two slices of bread with vegemite.

Lunch: One apple.

Early Dinner: Big portion of pasta with pasta sauce.

Friday

Breakfast: Two slices of bread with peanut butter.

Lunch: One packet of instant noodles.

Dinner: Half can of chickpeas, half can peas, half can sweet corn.

Saturday

Breakfast: Two slices of bread with peanut butter.

Lunch: Baked beans.

Dinner: One packet of instant noodles and an apple.

Sunday

Breakfast: Two slices of bread with vegemite.

Lunch: Half a rockmelon.

Dinner: Leftover pasta.

 

So there you have it. Eating for $11 a week In Australia. A cheap road trip food plan for around $11 a week that can be cooked using only a camping stove and one saucepan. Obviously this isn’t for everyone, this is just how I made it work. this is just how I managed to save money so I could continue to travel full time without working full time.

 

Happy road tripping, happy money saving.

 

The Lost Girl

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  1. Wow! Well that certainly is saving you money Betty, but it’s not giving you all the vitamins you need. I guess I could manage on that if I was just driving but I dont think it would give me the energy to do long hikes. I’ll feed you up when you get home 🙂 xx

  2. I would be starving on that diet! and thinking of nothing but food! I admire the minimalist approach to life (financially) but there is something to be said for a real good blow out delicious meal!

  3. Hey Beth! I have enjoyed watching your blog grow over the last few weeks. Your content is interesting, relatable, and helpful in helping us prepare for our move to Oz! We leave in exactly one month. Over the past few months, I have been transitioning to a dairy free, mostly plant based diet. This post is refreshing. I love reading that Will and I will have affordable options for simple and healthy foods while on the road. I didn’t know that “rock melon” was another term for “cantaloupe”…I had to use Google! I personally can’t wait to visit the local markets.

    • Aw thank you guys! Please message me on insta if you have questions about anything (bank stuff, etc etc) you guys are so sweet and I wish you all the happiness on your travels 😍 I can’t wait to see all your pictures and blog posts!

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Hi! I am Beth Johnstone, a travel journalist and photographer.

I began travelling in 2014 with what I thought would be a short holiday. I’ve now been travelling around the world full time for five years, taking photographs, writing about the places I’ve been and immersing myself in new cultures.

I am passionate about capturing the whole experience not just with images, but with words too. My blog is a positive place where I welcome readers to learn about the best places to stay, along with tips and advice on long term travel.

“Stop waiting for Friday, for summer, for someone to fall in love with you, for life. Happiness is achieved when you stop waiting for it and make the most of the moment you are in now.”