How to save money on holidays.

How to cheap holiday without compromising on life’s little luxuries.

With cost of living peaking we are all re-evaluating the way we spend our money. We have just lived COVID at home and so, NOT holidaying is NOT an option. Australians are now making holidaying a priority. We are all just searching for a way to spend our money best.

Kirsten Accommodation Cheap holiday

2024 is set to be the year of frugal travel. The word “Frugal” in relation to travel means being economical in expenditure, prudently saving or sparing and not being wasteful with your money.

Bali & Japan has been the top trending overseas holiday destinations for many Australians this year as But it is it cheap? Is it worth it? Passport costs and wait times, airline delays and cancellations, tourist tax, baggage lost, jet lag, Bali belly, Covid and uncertain foreign laws? Is it worth the cheap price?

At Kirsten Accommodation we think an alternate way to achieve frugal travel is to holiday closer to home for a shorter period and more often.

A 4-day holiday at Kirsten Accommodation Mudgee or Parkes meets the new travel trend!

Why a Holiday less than 5 nights is perfect!

It has been shown that a short holiday (less than 5 nights) can improve your wellbeing, sleep and reduce stress as cited in the Journal of travel medicine. Another study showed one single short vacation of four nights has positive effects on well-being, recovery, strain, and perceived stress as published in the International Journal of Environment. Studies have also shown that just planning a holiday can improve happiness and well being!

The added advantage of short trips is that you can spread them throughout the year and take multiple holidays. 

Here are our tips on how to travel on a budget but not compromising on luxury……


Kirsten Accommodation Mudgee arrival
Kirsten Accommodation CBD Locations

1. Choose a location close to home.

Save money on airfares, passport fees, jet lag, medical insurance, tourist tax, car rental & a taxi fare to the airport by travelling closer to home. Mudgee or Parkes is a terrific destination example. Mudgee is only 3hrs drive from Sydney or Newcastle & 1 hr. from Dubbo. Whilst Parkes is a 4hrs drive from Sydney & Canberra and only 1hr drive from the big regional hubs of Dubbo, Orange and Cowra.


Save on time and petrol with Kirsten Accommodation as both our Mudgee & Parkes accommodations are conveniently located in the townships CBD, walking distance to shops, cafes and Pubs. Super convenient for self-cooking with a stroll to supermarkets or a short walk to restaurants for dinner and cafes for brunch.

2. Stay in Self-Contained properties.

If you stay at a property with full kitchen, BBQ, indoor & outdoor dining settings there is no need to go out every night and dine at expensive restaurants for 3 meals a-day. All of Kirsten Accommodation properties are self- contained with full kitchens that are fully equipped. We ensure a family can comfortably cook Spaghetti Bolognese for 6 people in our villas and cottages. All of our kitchens have a full-size fridge perfect for stacking a case of beer or soft drinks. Our kitchens also boast a microwave, dishwasher, oven, kettle, toaster and ceramic cook top. We also provide a private BBQ and alfresco dining area with seating for the number of people actually staying. We supply basic cooking products such as salt, pepper, cooking spray, tea, coffee, milk, clear food wrap, foil & baking paper to get your cooking sorted.

Kirsten Accommodation Mudgee Cottage
Kirsten Accommodation Mudgee Villa

3. Holiday in non-peak times or midweek

Generally speaking, travel is seasonal. If you travel mid-week, outside school holiday dates and when the destination is least popular then chances are a bargain is to be had. For example, in Summer Australia’s coastal accommodation is in high demand and so expensive – so, rethink and holiday inland like Mudgee & Parkes during the Summer and snap up a bargain!  A Heads up, A Mudgee Summer stay with Kirsten Accommodation is heavily discounted!

4. Book direct with the property

Accommodation providers pay a commission to the big accommodation booking platforms for example,, Stayz, Airbnb, Expedia, etc. If you simply call the property direct or book online on the property’s direct website, I am sure the property representative will match the price on the booking channel or better the price or add something extra to your stay all with a higher quality of booking experience by speaking to a local!

5. Become an email subscriber

When about to book with a hotel direct opt in to become and email subscriber and receive the seasonal rewards the property if offering to their loyal and direct booking guests. At Kirsten Accommodation we look after your direct booking guest and our “Kirsten Crowd” by offering emailing weekly seasonal discounts or rewards or knowledge about the destinations. Click here to sign up and receive your discount code!

6. No skimping on Luxury!

Just because Kirsten Accommodation ticks all the Frugal travel boxes, it doesn’t mean you need to skip on life’s little luxuries. Our accommodation’s price is all-inclusive of fresh white linen and fluffy white towels and house cleaning. We supply luxury products, some villas with soaking bathtubs, TV’s in most bedrooms, complimentary Wi-Fi, ducted air-con in larger villas and Foxtel in Mudgee.

Kirsten Accommodation Mudgee Villa
Mudgee Summer Package Deal

7. Book a Package Deal with us!

Kirsten Accommodation Mudgee specialises in packaging your awesome stay with tour, cheese platter and wine. Click here to check out our current Mudgee Holiday Packages with the whole family.

8. Click here to check out our Blog:

How to best spend $100 on your family in Mudgee.


So be Frugal in 2023!

Plan to travel closer to home, for a shorter periods of time and more often. Make sure you subscribe and book direct. Feel good about planning your next holiday and keep Kirsten Accommodation top of mind for your next short trip away!