07 March 2017, Posted by Tony Sheer
Travelling with the whole family is fun and exciting – together, you get to visit new places and experience new things. A family holiday can, however, be more challenging to plan than your usual solo or couple trip. You need to consider the needs of all members of the family in choosing a destination, planned activities and, most importantly, accommodation. To make planning easier, here are our top 5 tips for choosing family-friendly Ballarat accommodation:
- Choose accommodation that is suitable for everyone
Although most families opt for hotels when travelling, this may not be the best choice all the time. Note that not all hotels offer extra spaces for kids in their rooms, so you might be required to book an additional room at extra cost. Instead, it’s a good idea to look for rooms specifically marketed towards families or even self-contained accommodation (which often offer more than one room, so you still get your privacy).
- When booking, say that you’re travelling as a family
Once you’ve found suitable Ballarat accommodation, make sure that you inform them that you’re travelling with your family when booking. This will enable management to anticipate what sorts of needs you’ll have during your stay (such as two rooms that are located right next to each other or putting you close by to the onsite playground). It may also give them the opportunity to offer extra services (such as tours).
- Consider your dining options
Mealtime is something else that can be complicated when travelling with the kids – particularly as you should consider the food preferences of all family members. Although Ballarat has many dining options to choose from, many of them very family-friendly, self-contained accommodation could be the better solution. This means you can buy some fresh produce and cook your own meals the way the kids like them.
- Choose the best location
Location is very important when choosing Ballarat accommodation. You should ensure that you can easily reach your planned activities and nearby tourist attractions. When travelling with the kids, being nearby to a park can also be worthwhile. Being located close by to the shops will mean that you don’t have to drive everywhere, but avoid being on a busy main road to ensure that naptime isn’t disturbed.
- Ensure that you’re flexible
Being flexible means that you shouldn’t put all your eggs in one basket and rely on accommodation options that most people choose. Sure, hotels offer convenience but they don’t always offer a unique experience. Motels and self-contained apartments, on the other hand, are generally designed for families. The end result will be an enjoyable holiday for everyone with plenty of space for the kids to play and stretch their legs.
We hope that the above tips have shown you exactly how you can find family-friendly Ballarat accommodation that best meets your needs. We highly recommend checking out the Ballarat Budget Motel, which offers a number of accommodation options – standard rooms (which sleep 3 people), deluxe rooms (which sleep 3 people), family rooms (which sleep 5 people) and self-contained one or two bedroom apartments (which sleep 6 people).