With the costs of living constantly on the rise, many of cannot afford to spend a small fortune on accommodation (unless it’s for a very special occasion, such as your honeymoon). If you’re looking for cheap accommodation in Australia, we’ve outlined some tips and things to keep in mind to ensure that you can find a room that meets your needs whilst staying within budget.
One of the best ways to save money on accommodation is to travel during the off season. This is because many motels will actually offer discounts at times of the year when business is typically slow. If you want to visit the beach, for example, try to avoid booking during the peak of summer – this is when everyone is on holiday (not to mention school is out).
You could also join a travel organisation, such as Budget Motels (if you haven’t joined us already, you can do so here), to receive discounts on accommodation affiliated with the chain. You can often take advantage of other special offers, too. There is often a small fee to join, but the savings you will make in the long run will be more than worth it.
When you think about it, it makes sense that motels in the heart of major cities are going to cost more than those located a little further out. If you are looking for cheap accommodation, try looking at those in the surrounding suburbs. You will find that they’re often close by to public transport, restaurants and other facilities.
There are plenty of publishers out there (such as Lonely Planet) who specialise in travel books. As many of these guides are targeted towards students, who tend to have less disposable income to work with, you’ll find that they offer some great tips for traveling on a budget. Many will also include lists of cheaper places to stay in the area.
Remember that there are plenty of travelers out there who are just like you – they want to go on holidays, but they don’t want to spend an arm and a leg on accommodation. Some of these travelers have shared their experiences and discoveries on blogs. This can be a great way to find a motel that you may never otherwise have come across.
If you book directly with the accommodation provider instead of through a third party, such as Wotif or Hotels Combined, you might find that the rates are slightly cheaper. This is because the provider doesn’t have to pay commission for the sale. Compare the prices on a hotel’s website with those found on a third party to see what we mean.
You will find that most accommodation providers will actually increase their rates as the holidays start to draw closer. If you’re looking for the best possible price, particularly if you plan to travel over school holidays or a public holiday weekend, it’s actually a good idea to book 10 to 12 months in advance (when prices are at their best).
We hope that the tips and considerations provided above have enabled you to find cheap accommodation in Australia that still meets your holiday requirements perfectly. Whilst it is entirely possible to find accommodation that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, you do need to know what to look for. And you might even be able to splurge with the money you save!