As a traveller, whether you are a seasoned one who has been on every airline, been on every bus, swam in every ocean and stayed in the worst accommodation a professional traveller, or a new one who has never before left the confines of their city or town for fear of falling off the edge of the world you know the most important thing, besides money, food and water, is accommodation.
This is especially important when travelling around a large continent such as Europe, America or Australia. It’s this last continent we’re going to look at. Where do you stay when travelling around Australia? It’s a huge place, about the size of the contiguous United States, perhaps even bigger. Will Hotels suffice? Perhaps an Apartment? A Bed and Breakfast? These would seem the most likely choices but if you were on a tight budget then these choices might be expensive if you are factoring in plane tickets and other amenities. Other accommodation options are Hostels. Hostels are cheaper versions of hotels and are a little bit like army barracks as you have an option of sharing a room with strangers. Some Hostels are becoming much more like a hotel, with some even having private rooms and bathrooms, making them almost indistinguishable from a hotel, except for the price. All of the above options are found on sites such as Expedia, Zuji or TotallyAustralia.
The prices of some hostels are unbelievably low and in some, you unfortunately get what you pay for. No service, No breakfast, just a key to your room and that is it. You’re on your own. Although some hostels are surprisingly accommodating and will give you first class service for an unbelievably low rate. If you are lucky enough to have many friends in Australia, which is not hard as in Australia as everyone is friendly, you may have a mate who will say “It’s alright, you can stay at my place!” http://www.staymyplace.com.au/ which will most likely be free and you can be assured of running water and a good meal. Well, maybe.
It’s also a good idea to be sure of who you are staying with, you don’t want to be staying with a bloke you just met, especially if you’re a single girl and have no idea what the bloke is like. I’m sure the seasoned travelers will know all about this and if you have any among your friends, it would be best to get their advice. Travelling is an exciting adventure but can also end up being your worst nightmare if you don’t take the proper precautions. Safety when travelling has never been more of a concern than it is today so it is a wise traveller who avoids areas that are known to be dangerous. Also, make sure that you have read up on Australian customs and laws. You don’t want to be on the wrong side of the law and have your holiday cut short by doing what may be legal in your home country only to discover it’s illegal in Australia. Unless it is murder, murder is pretty much illegal worldwide.
So have a good holiday and don’t murder anyone, it’s good advice. Another factor to consider when you’re travelling is the time you’ll spend actually travelling. As Australia is large it is best to split the travelling up into the Eastern seaboard and Western seaboard. On the Eastern seaboard you have Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and the island of Tasmania with Hobart and Launceston. Of course, this all depends on how much time you have to spend in Australia, but we’ll assume that you are coming from Europe and have booked a couple of months off work or have got a visa and are working your way around Australia.
The best thing to remember is that if you are looking for cheap accommodation, then staying with a friend or in a hostel is always a good idea and you’re wallet will thank you in the bigger cities such as Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth.