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If you’re planning a family holiday, accommodation is the number one thing to consider. As the place you start your day and end your night, your accommodation will set the tone for your entire getaway.

To ensure you choose comfortable accommodation options for your trip, read our guide below.

5 Tips to Ensure You Choose the Right Accommodation Option

1. It All Starts with Location

Think of your accommodation as the headquarters of your holiday. You want to be centrally located to the area you are visiting as well as the attractions you are planning to see.

For a holiday, book accommodation that toes the line between where you want to be and what you want to see. If everything you plan to see is in one area, then staying in a hotel in town is a smart option. But if you’re planning on visiting attractions across a wider area, look for a place to stay that’s convenient to most of these attractions.

Finally, when it comes to location, transport is of paramount importance. If you’re going to drive around, you have greater flexibility with where you stay. However, if you’re walking or relying on public transport, it’s even more important to find a convenient accommodation option.

2. Find the Right Accommodation for Your Group Size

When it comes to finding comfortable accommodation options, start by looking at the people you are travelling with. The size of your family and the amenities they expect will go a long way to determining what type of accommodation you need.

For example, you might be going on a solo holiday or travelling alone for work purposes. In cases like this, a comfortable bed to sleep in and somewhere to take a shower might be all you need. The same can be said for many travelling couples, who will only require a queen bed and a few necessities.

If you’re travelling with a friend or a small group, a twin room or spacious suite might be perfect for you. Finally, if you’re travelling with a larger family, look for a fully equipped accommodation option, whether that’s a multi-bedroom cabin or a deluxe villa.

You can find all these accommodation options in one place when you visit a modern motel facility.

3. Accommodation Options for Foodies – Cooking and Buying

A big part of going on holidays is indulging in culinary delights! Believe it or not, your accommodation can play a large role in your food choices.

First off, you need to decide if you want to cook while you’re away. If you do, you need to book accommodation with more than just a kettle, a fridge and a microwave. In most cases, this means you will need more than a room or a small suite. Self-contained accommodation like a cabin, house, or villa might be right for you.

As well as this, you need to consider your options for dining out. If you’re looking for great dining options, make sure your accommodation is located nearby a range of restaurants and cafes. For even more convenience, look for accommodation with an on-site restaurant that serves everything from breakfast to dinner and drinks.

4. Are You Looking for a Short-Term or Long-Term Stay?

Will you be travelling for a few days, a few weeks, or even longer? This will determine what comfortable accommodation looks like for you.

Comfortable short-term accommodation usually means a bed for you and your family, somewhere to have a shower, and maybe a couch to sit on, a TV to watch, and Wi-Fi to connect to.

If you’re staying away for a longer period of time, comfort might also include laundry facilities, a full kitchen, long-term parking, heating and cooling, a range of meal options, and much more.

5. Other Questions to Ask When Looking for Comfortable Accommodation Options

  • Will you have access to gyms and fitness facilities?
  • Does the accommodation price fit with your overall travel budget?
  • Do they offer flexible check-in and check-out times?
  • Are you happy with shared facilities or do you prefer private facilities?
  • Are you looking for a social environment or a quiet space?
  • Can the accommodation meet your accessibility needs, e.g. access to elevators and wheelchair ramps?
  • Has the accommodation received consistent positive reviews?
  • What facilities do they have for the kids?

Remember to research early and book in advance so you can make a reservation for the dates you need. Happy holidaying!

What is your secret to finding the perfect accommodation for your holiday? Tell us in the comments below.

  • I always choose the kids friendly accommodations.Recently stayed in a farm at Eppalock area. It was a big house enough space for kids to play and we relax peace of mind.

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  • Sometimes booking direct with hotel is cheaper than websites

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  • Research is the key to finding good accommodation and deals. Ringing and contacting properties direct has always saved us money too.

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  • Good tips.
    Before marriage and kids I travelled to Switzerland, Ostrich, Germany, France, Belgium, Cyprus, Spain, Israel, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, China, Oezbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Thailand, Mozambique, Equador, Galapagos Islands

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  • Caravanning for us. There are some lovely caravan parks in Australia


    • Australia does indeed have some an incredible parks and good discounts can be found. We have secured many good deals with parks.

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  • My hubby is the travel coordinator in our home. He always does the leg work and then shows me for final say!! I love that he does this for our family.

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  • We prefer a holiday house with enough bedrooms with a kitchen, so we can provide and cook the meals ourselves.

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  • Good tips! Was hard for us this time- had it all booked involving my parents from Brisbane, but then lock down happened and we had to cancel as we weren’t sure they’d be allowed into Tassie.

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  • These are fantastic tips. Before I had a husband and kids I went away to Melbourne for a weekend, my biggest regret was not reading the reviews for where I stayed!!! Always always read the reviews!

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  • Before I was a mum I always did hostels and loved it, now I’ve done everything from caravan parks to Crown towers. As long as it’s comfortable and there’s a bit of room to run around inside it’s ok for us!

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  • We love staying in caravan parks. They are cheap and in fantastic locations with great views.

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  • We go by what we can pay, which means we won’t have the perfect accommodation and that’s ok ;)

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  • Great article. To add a twist to our accommodation, we bought a caravan and take that with us.

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  • Always fun finding accomodating places, especially with kids. Air bnbs just allow the space needed

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  • I love searching for accommodation, it’s really fun.

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