You're finally fulfilling your dream of travelling across Australia, but your travel experience is marred by the frighteningly expensive hotel accommodation along the way? Most often, hotels will account for the biggest portion of your travel budget, even if you're not booking expensive accommodation. Imagine if you could find a way to save on hotels to enjoy the other aspects of your trip like sightseeing, food and shopping! Here are some tricks to find cheap accommodation on a backpacker's budget.
Book a Dorm Bed, Not a Room
The average hotel rate in Australia is approximately $177 per night—a whopping amount for budget travellers. If you're travelling on a limited budget, stretch your dollars for all they're worth by booking a bed, instead of an entire hotel room. Unless you're travelling to a luxurious resort, chances are you'll spend the least amount of time in the hotel room. You'll most likely be taking in the sights and doing all the touristy things you can possibly do in every new place you visit. By booking a single dorm bed in a hostel instead of an entire room, you will spend far less than even half the cost of a hotel room—so the money you save could be better utilised to enjoy the other facets of your trip. Keep in mind: the more beds in the room, the less you'll spend. Dorm beds could cost you anywhere from $10 to $30 per night.
Call the Hotel or Hostel Accommodation Directly
If you have a particular hotel or hostel in mind, it doesn't hurt to call them directly to negotiate for better rates. The staff may be able to offer rates that aren't advertised online, or at least they will be able to inform you about skyrocketing hotel prices—perhaps due to large conferences, concerts or wedding receptions. This way you have real time information and can look for alternative cheap accommodation faster.
Stay With Locals
One of the best and cheapest ways for you to indulge in local culture is to stay with a local. Several locals put up their homes or a room in their home for rent and this is far cheaper than finding hotel accommodation in the same area. A local will give you all the information you need about the area and you'll have someone to hang out with.
No matter what their tastes may be, everyone wants to find cheap accommodation when they travel on a budget—use these tricks to save on lodging. For more information, contact Alpha Accommodation Centre Pty Ltd.