Travelling Aussies pay top dollar for their accommodation

Australians aren't letting travel costs stop their holiday fun.
Australians aren't letting travel costs stop their holiday fun.

It would appear that Australians are willing to pay as much as is necessary for accommodation when they travel.

Hotels.com's Hotel Price Index (HPI) has revealed we aren't letting price get in the way of our thirst for travel, despite significant spikes in international accommodation costs since 2017.

Despite a weaker Australian dollar in the early half of 2018, Australians were still willing to drop serious cash on their accommodation, with double-digit percentage rises in the HPI in almost a quarter of the 100 most popular destinations in 2018.

The most expensive averages for Australian travellers in 2018 were Mykonos ($445) and Santorini ($412), increasing by 15 per cent and 16 per cent respectively, as Greece experienced another record year in tourism.

US destinations dominated the top 20 highest averages - Boston ($366), New York ($352), Honolulu ($332) and San Francisco ($318) took some of the top spots, each recording 4 per cent price rises. Hollywood ($359) also made the list, despite a 7 per cent drop in accommodation price in 2018.

Paris ($259) and Santorini had the highest rise in average accommodation prices in 2018 - increasing 16 per cent on the previous year - as consumer confidence continues to rise after a massive drop due to concerns over public safety following after 2015.

Thailand's Chiang Mai, Hua Hin and Bangkok had some of the steepest rises in 2018, increasing 15 per cent ($76 to $88), 14 per cent ($118 to $136) and 13 per cent respectively.

Zoe Chan from Hotels.com said a falling Aussie dollar in the first quarter of 2018 didn't deter travellers from feeding their international travel bug.

"Nearly 80 per cent of the top destinations had average accommodation price rises last year," Zoe said.

"It's clear these rises aren't breaking the bank though - with great deals to be found in Thailand and across the world.

Travellers were encouraged to use savings hacks where they could find them, including simple deals such as free breakfast.

Travelling through South East Asia could help your tourist dollar stretch further with the three lowest average prices paid at Pattaya ($68), Phnom Penh ($74), and Cebu ($79), while Angeles City, Manila, Chiang Mai and Siem Reap were budget-friendly at under $100. Deals could also be found in Krakow ($122), Istanbul ($130) and Buenos Aires ($143).

Domestically, Albury ($129), Hervey Bay ($153) and Brisbane ($150) offered cheap holiday options in 2018.

Despite averages falling in Byron Bay (2 per cent) and Sydney (3 per cent), the destinations stayed high on the most expensive list for domestic travellers, with Byron Bay recording the highest price at $234 a night, followed by Port Douglas at $232, the Whitsundays Islands at $229 and Sunshine Coast at $207.

Australian travellers have been consistent in their choice of domestic destinations in 2018 with the first eight places showing no movement from their 2017 positions, as Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane maintained their lead at the top.