Australia is a beautiful country worth visiting, but there’s no denying that the travel costs can make our pockets weep. However, that doesn’t mean you have to erase it from your travel bucket list. Finding ways to cut your travel costs in one of the most expensive countries in the world is still possible.
Let’s start with the expense that tends to eat a huge chunk of our budget – accommodation. And no, we’re not going to talk about spending the chilly nights on tents with frog chorus cradling you to sleep in order to save a couple of hundred bucks. If you’re planning to have a pleasurable trip to Australia, ahead are ways to lodge comfortably without the guilt.
1. Sign up for Trustworthy Hotel Booking Sites
Booking sites are a holy grail for travelers who want to make the most out of their travel costs. Sites, like Booking.com, Trivago, and Trip Adviser, list a great number of hotels you can compare for the best price. They are easy to search and navigate. They also feature genuine reviews and ratings to help you discern whether or not the hotel’s location, facilities, and services are worth your cash.
2. Stay Mid-Week
Hotel prices in big cities blow up during the weekends. With this, it’s a practical move to schedule your stay during the mid-week to avoid handing down extra dollars for the same room. It only takes a perfect timing to steal great offers and score better prices, like paying for three nights and staying for four. The mid-week accommodation advantage doesn’t limit to hotels. It also works for apartments, hostels, caravan parks, and other lodging properties.
If it can’t be possible to time your stay during the weekends, consider other alternatives, like staying at hostels, to cut your expenses.
3. Negotiate for better deals
In the game of scoring better hotel deals, the power of negotiation is no secret. You just have to engage in a little conversation with the hotel representative and unleash that sweet, courteous tone of yours to hopefully get a cheaper, longer, and more valuable stay. Call the hotel in advance, speak in person once you arrive, put on your smiley face, and consider these clever approaches.
Let’s start with the “I’m interested in staying here” approach. Express how much you love to stay by asking about their current offers while attempting to get them for lower, better prices:
- Is that the best price you have at the moment?
- What if we stay longer? Can you brief me about your extended stay advantages?
- Do you waive the fee for children? There are hotels, like Holiday Inn, where kids stay and eat for free.
- Does the offer come with a complimentary breakfast? Will you be able to include it?
- Can I, by any chance, get an upgrade?
- If I give up some of your services, will I be able to get a better price?
The competition is fierce in the travel industry. If these don’t work, try the “I noticed your competitor approach.” Ask if they will be able to match the offers of their competitor. Convince them that you really want to stay in their hotel but you want to stick to your budget as much as possible. When the business is slow, they might agree to compromise to gain guests.
4. Stay at Hostels
Don’t mind plenty of company and lack of privacy? Go for hostels, which cater to budget travelers who need nothing but a decent room with a bed. The drill – you’ll be sharing the dorm with other weary travelers. Hostels also have communal kitchens that help you refrain from eating out and adding to your travel expense.
5. Rent an Apartment or Home
More people doesn’t necessarily mean more expense. In many cases, traveling with your family or small groups can actually lead you to a less expensive accommodation. One great example is renting a big home or an apartment, and sharing the cost to reduce per-night rates.
Apartments or home rentals are generally cheaper than a hotel, a caravan park cabin, or even a private hostel room. And besides, no place can be as homey as a real living space. So go ahead and check out sites like Booking.com and Airbnb for accommodation options.
6. Be a Couchsurfer
Don’t mind sleeping in someone’s spare bedroom or couch? You might love the concept of Couchsurfing, a popular application that allows frugal and fun travelers to find local hosts who’d be willing to share their spare couch or room with them.
In Couchsurfing, the host stays in the apartment with the travelers, who are called “couchsurfers.” A small token, like making a meal or buying drinks, in exchange for crashing on the local’s place is highly appreciated.
Life is an adventure – if this is your motto, then Couchsurfing is perfect for you. It goes beyond just saving. You’ll be able to share stories over meals and stories, and fully immerse yourself in their culture in a communal vacation.
7. Buy a Camper Trailer or Caravan
How about living in a vehicle?
If you’re a devoted backpacker and you regularly go to extended trips around Australia, then you might want to purchase a camper trailer. It’s a small home and vehicle in one which will drastically reduce your per-night cost of accommodation. And here’s an exciting perk of living in a vehicle: you can have all the freedom to explore the country.
You may re-sell the van at the end of your trip. If you just want to rent out a campervan or a motorhome, you may check out sites including Britz, Apollo, Juicy, and Travellers-Autobam, for rates.
Author Bio: Carmina Natividad is one of the writers for Holiday Inn Parramatta Accommodation, a modern hotel in Western Sydney known for their exceptional accommodation, service, and location, which appeals to travelers in Australia. She has always been passionate about giving in to her wanderlust and collecting mementos from different places.