Thursday, October 20, 2011
This article provides some handy tips on what to do and what to look for when organising holiday accommodation in Australia.
Accommodation can make or break a holiday. Bad accommodation decisions can end up with you staying in a tiny box, paying too much, or being a light year away from most tourist attractions.
So, whether you are looking for luxury accommodation in Albany while enjoying the many beaches, Ballarat accommodation, whilst you are panning for gold with the family, or for a Melbourne hotel that is close to your planned Melbourne tour, it’s important that you’re wise in your choice of accommodation.
To help you with your accommodation decisions, here are four essential tips
Tip 1: Suiting Your Budget
One of the most important things to consider when looking at holiday accommodation is if it suits your budget. How much can you afford to spend? What is the cost of the accommodation per night? Or per week?
You don’t want to spend all your money on accommodation and leave yourselves short of money. Remember, that you still have to have money to spend on other things, like food, travel expenses, wine, entry fees to tourist attractions and souvenirs!
Shop around and look at a variety of accommodation types in the area and compare their prices. Also, compare the facilities of each accommodation. There is no point in paying extra for an onsite gym and pool if your have no intentions of using it. But if you love a Jacuzzi and a gourmet breakfast make sure it is included in the tariff. It is at HideAway Haven.
One way you can save money on accommodation is by booking online and snapping up special deals or packages. Check out the packages at HideAway Haven
Tip 2: Meeting Your Needs
Make sure your accommodation meets your needs. What is the driving force behind your holiday? Is it a romantic get away? Is it the annual family vacation? Is it your attempts at bonding with nature? Is it a girls weekend? Or a babymoon? The purpose behind your holiday will determine the type of accommodation you’re after, whether it be a luxury hotel, a bed and breakfast, an apartment or a camping ground!
Consider the size of your family or those who will be sharing the accommodation with you. If you have kids, you may want to invest in accommodation that has entertainment facilities, like a TV and DVD player (to keep them quiet in those times when you’re not out exploring). If you are bringing your dog along, you might want to invest in pet-friendly accommodation.
Tip 3: Location, Location, Location
Like with real estate, location is everything with accommodation. There is no point staying in accommodation that is miles and miles away from all the sites you want to see and all the activities you want to do. You don’t want to waste all your holiday time travelling between tourist attractions and your accommodation.
When deciding on accommodation, try and choose a place that is centralised amongst all your planned holiday activities.
Tip 4: Booking Early
To ensure that you get the accommodation that is perfect for you (and not being forced to settle for something less than desirable) make sure you book well in advance! Depending on your destination, some holiday accommodations can be booked up months in advance! As the saying goes, the early bird gets the worm!