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Wages in 2021 rose in the accommodation sector while employment figured declined, and the gap between the two is larger than in any other surveyed industry, according to an analysis published by Lending Tree.
The company in its MagnifyMoney Study analyzed the latest U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages and discovered that the accommodation sector is where average weekly wages grew the fastest relative to employment growth, increasing from $629 in the first and second quarters of 2020 to $700 in the first and second quarters of 2021, an 11.2 percent hike.
But employment declined 11.3 percent from the first and second quarters of 2020 to the third and fourth quarters of 2021. The difference in the wage and employment percentage-point changes is 22.5, creating, according to the study, “a mismatch between the supply of and demand for workers in the industry, combined with the willingness of some employers to take somewhat desperate measures to stay afloat, has caused wages for accommodation workers to rise significantly.”
The Hits Keep Coming
In September 2021, 6.6 percent what BLS defines as the accommodation and food services sector workforce were quitting at the highest rate of any industry. This included frontline workers like housecleaners and waitstaff, whose past earning power had been tied to gratuities.
Higher wages and compensation for these and other workers are a part of the supply-and-demand challenges that the industry faces and could translate to higher rates for corporate customers.
Travel buyers who have seen hoteliers’ challenges reflected in higher room rates can expect more of the same. Last month, STR and Tourism Economics increased their projected 2022 U.S. average daily date from $130 to $134. STR SVP of consulting Carter Wilson in a statement said, “Terms of recovery are not playing out evenly across the board, and many hoteliers have had to raise rates to minimize the bottom‐line hit from labor and supply shortages.”
For the accommodation segment, increasing wages and compensation appears to be the short-term solution as the industry struggles to find its new normal.
Russell Kett is chairman of HVS London. Established in 1980, HVS is a specialist consulting and services organisation focused on the hotel, mixed-use, shared ownership, gaming, and leisure industries.
While the hotel sector, both in the UK and across Europe, has experienced severe downturns before, nothing could have prepared even the world’s biggest hotel operators for the devastating impact of the covid 19 pandemic.
Hotels and the wider hospitality sector – including pubs, bars, restaurants and nightclubs – have suffered hugely and while a slow recovery is now getting underway, whether we will ever get back to what we consider ‘normal’ trading is less clear.
By definition, the hospitality sector relies on people having social contact with others. As the Covid numbers start to climb once again and new variants enter the fray, many industry observers, myself included, are wondering whether we will ever return to pre-pandemic life as we knew it.
According to figures released by industry body UK Hospitality, the country’s hospitality sector took a massive £110 billion drop in sales in the 15 months that followed the outbreak of the pandemic. During this time the sector saw the permanent closure of nearly 10,000 licensed premises, according to industry figures.
While hotels, bars and restaurants had periods of trading in between the lockdowns, most of the UK’s hotels remained shut apart from some operators – primarily those running serviced apartments, which remained open for NHS workers, essential workers and the homeless. But these were few and far between. Most hotels stayed closed, with staff furloughed or made redundant, kitchen and storeroom supplies run down, and rooms mothballed.
Hotels are generally large operations, requiring a significant number of staff to operate, and with huge overheads in the form of business rates, heating and lighting, as well as loans to service, franchise bills to pay and staffing levels to maintain.
Because of this a swift return to operation was impossible. Staff needed recruiting and training, supplies ordered, rooms brought back into operation and new Covid-safe hygiene protocols implemented and communicated to both staff and guests.
Some hotels were booked up for months ahead and suddenly it seemed like boomtime again. However, for many hoteliers, what looked like recovery was in reality far from it
However, a few hot months this summer and the easing of restrictions in the UK, coupled with the ongoing difficulty of foreign travel, became a godsend for many hotels as Brits clambered to book staycations in the UK. Some hotels were booked up for months ahead and suddenly it seemed like boomtime again. However, for many hoteliers, what looked like recovery was in reality far from it. New issues were fast emerging that gave operators as big a headache as Covid itself.
With many foreign workers having returned home, hotels were hard pressed to find staff. Data from the Office for National Statistics puts the staff shortage in the hospitality sector at around 10 per cent of capacity, amounting to some 210,000 jobs that need filling.
This was largely due to the fact that staff who were furloughed had found work elsewhere, often at better rates of pay and with more sociable hours. Moreover, more than 90,000 European workers had left the industry due to changes in visa requirements since Brexit. In London, for example, around 75 per cent of hospitality workers are thought to be from the EU. In addition, there was concern among some former hotel workers about customer-facing roles that may expose them to the risk of Covid.
The resulting staff shortages meant that many hotels have had to reduce their trading hours or days. Some no longer offer lunch or afternoon tea, while many are operating with a percentage of rooms kept shut and others have reduced service levels or closed gyms or health clubs. Finding staff to service large functions and events has proved particularly challenging, putting additional pressure on already hard-pressed teams.
While the risk of Covid may ease, these additional factors are not going away. Debt burdens, a staffing crisis, supply issues, food inflation and fragile consumer confidence, coupled with the withdrawal of government aid, and it’s something of a miracle that we haven’t seen more closures or administrations in the sector.
We hope these issues will pass, but even less certain is the shape of consumer demand in the longer term, particularly when it comes to business travel. Not only has corporate and MICE business ground to a near halt, the long-term impact of its replacement – virtual meetings and improved communications via technology – is currently unknown.
So when as a procurement manager or travel buyer you next get round the boardroom table with your accommodation providers, be mindful of the multiple challenges they face right now – and don’t expect too many ‘bargains’.
“Global Online Accommodation Booking Market 2021” provides insights into the current state and trends of the online travel accommodation market worldwide. Among other findings, the publication reveals that for some of the major market players, the disruptions happened in 2020 resulted in substantial loss of market shares, while some were able to keep their positions.
Recent developments in the global online accommodation booking market
The global online accommodation market on par with the total travel industry underwent substantial disturbances with the onset of the COVID-19. Before the pandemic, the use of mobile devices to book travel accommodation was trending upward, and the share of hotel mobile app usage was the second highest among all applications used for travel purposes.
Since the beginning of the health crisis, however, the share dropped by 12 percentage points, according to the publisher’s research findings. This follows the general trend of fall in travel sales and travel application usage due to the pandemic; however, future app usage is expected to exceed the pre-pandemic levels.
The year 2020 made it clear that technology-driven solutions in the travel and travel accommodation industry will be essential in the future. Specifically, 8 of 10 survey responds from select Asian countries stated that accommodation providers would need to use the latest technologies to make them feel safe. Furthermore, travelers across the globe claimed when it comes to choosing a hotel, they would pay closer attention to health and safety standards in future travel.
COVID-19 brought some changes in the travel accommodation market players distribution
Globally, when taken on average, Booking.com was the leading website in the category “accommodation and hotels”, as of April 2021, despite having seen significant lower revenue in 2020, as revealed in the new publication. Furthermore, some sources also show Airbnb, Agoda, Traveloka, and Go MMT following Booking in the rankings in specific countries, while legacy global online booking company Expedia underwent a substantial loss in market share in many countries of the world in 2020.
- This report covers the global online travel market for accommodation booking. It takes into account a wide definition of accommodation, including hotel rooms, hostels, apartments, private rooms and others. While the focus is on leisure and unmanaged travel, some sources cited in this report might also include business travel.
- Besides sales figures, penetration and rankings, this report also reveals important market trends and forecasts.
- The following global regions are covered in this report: Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and North America, while data availability varied by country.
- The global chapter opens the report, including an overview of global market developments, trends, regional and country comparisons.
- The rest of the report is divided by regions. The regions are presented in the order of descending total online travel sales.
- Within each region, regional information is included first, where available, and the countries are also presented in the order of descending online travel sales. Where no comparable sales figures were available, other related criteria such as total E-Commerce sales, online shopper and Internet penetration were applied.
- In the country sections, the following information is covered, where available: online accommodation booking sales, channels used for booking accommodation, devices used to book accommodation online, share of consumers booking travel accommodation online and the rank of this category among other categories purchased online, and top websites used to book accommodation. Not all types of information mentioned are provided for each country due to varying data availability.
- For the global and regional sections, also information about overall online travel sales was included as a context for the development of the online accommodation booking segment.
- Online Travel Market Overview & Trends, December 2020
- Online Travel Sales, in USD billion, 2019 & 2020e & 2023f
- Online Travel Sales, in USD billion, 2021f & 2023f
- Top 10 Online Booking Channels through STAAH Channel Manager, by Rank Based on Confirmed Nights Booked, 2019 & 2020
- Travel Apps Used, incl. Hotel Apps, in % of Travelers, February 2021
- Top 10 Accommodation Websites, by Web Visits, in millions, Average Visit Duration, in minutes, Bounce Rate, in %, and Top 5 Countries by Share of Visits, in %, February 2021
- Gross Travel Booking Sales Value of Booking Holdings Inc., in USD billion, Q4 2019 & Q4 2020
- Share of Adult Travelers Who Claimed that Accommodations Would Need to Use the Latest Technologies to Make Travelers Feel Safe, by Country, in %, July 2020
- Apple Pay
- Booking Group
- Booking Holding Inc.
- Direct Bookings via STAAH
- Expedia Group
- Go MMT
- Goodle Pay
- Hilton Hotels
- Marriot Hotels
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Worldwide Olympic Partner Airbnb, in partnership with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), has announced the launch of a new initiative that will provide elite athletes, Olympians and Paralympians with Airbnb accommodation credits.
Over the next eight years, the Athlete Travel Grants programme will offer up to 500 athletes per year a USD 2,000 Airbnb credit to use for travel-related accommodation costs linked to their sporting careers.
Kirsty Coventry, the Chair of the IOC Athletes’ Commission, said: “The athletes are the heart of the Olympic Movement, and we work with all stakeholders to support them at every stage of their career. In addition to the funding and programmes provided thanks to the overall Worldwide TOP Programme and Olympic Solidarity, we have been working with TOP Partners to develop innovative programmes to support athletes. We are very proud that, together with Airbnb, we have developed the Olympian and Paralympian Experiences programme and now the new Travel Grants. Through these two initiatives, athletes have the opportunity to create their own revenue streams and directly benefit from Airbnb’s partnership with the Olympic Movement.”
The IOC and Airbnb announced a nine-year, five-Games partnership in 2019. All of the IOC’s joint initiatives launched with Airbnb are in line with the new Olympic Agenda 2020+5 recommendations, which call on the IOC to continue to develop programmes and platforms for the direct benefit of athletes. Airbnb and the IOC have, to date, allocated a total of USD 40 million to direct support for athletes.
This support goes over and above the USD 5 billion the IOC is distributing during the current Olympiad for the benefit of athletes by supporting Organising Committees and sports organisations around the world.
“Our work with the International Olympic Committee and the International Paralympic Committee is focused on dedicated support for individual athletes, who are at the centre of the Olympic and Paralympic Movement,” said Airbnb Head of Hosting, Catherine Powell. “With thousands of athletes already using Airbnb for travel needs related to training, qualification and competition, this new programme will provide much-needed additional economic support.”
Among the initiatives to directly benefit athletes as part of the IOC’s partnership with Airbnb is the Olympian and Paralympian Experiences programme, launched in 2020, which has provided direct earning opportunities for athletes and brought them closer to fans than ever before, while also underlining the IOC’s efforts to support athletes and put them at the heart of the Olympic Movement.
As one of the largest long-term athlete support programmes initiated by the IOC and a Worldwide Olympic Partner, the Experiences platform has enabled host athletes to generate income while promoting their sport and sharing their passions with guests around the world. The platform also staged a five-day virtual festival in July 2020 that saw more than 200 athletes hosting Experiences that helped spread the spirit of the Olympic and Paralympic Games following the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Games due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Airbnb’s support for athletes also extends beyond these programmes. As announced at the launch of the global Olympic partnership, the IOC will make at least USD 28 million worth of Airbnb accommodation available over the course of the partnership to athletes competing at the Olympic and Paralympic Games for competition- and training-related travel.
Applications for the 2021 Airbnb Athlete Travel Grant are now open to all elite athletes, Olympians, Paralympians and hopefuls on www.airbnb.com/athletetravelgrant. Applications will close on 14 May 2021 at 11:59pm PDT. Each year, members of the IOC will select up to 500 applicants based on the personal statement provided in each individual’s application. Applicants’ geographic location and sport will also be considered to ensure diversity across recipients. Preference will also be given to Olympic Solidarity scholarship recipients. Terms & Conditions apply.
This joint initiative adds to the growing number of direct benefits the IOC can provide the Athlete Community through its Athlete Engagement platform Athlete365. For more information, please visit here.
DUBLIN, April 6, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — The “Hotel and Other Travel Accommodation Global Market Report 2021: COVID-19 Impact and Recovery to 2030” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering.
The global hotel and other travel accommodation market is expected to grow from $673.02 billion in 2020 to $801.9 billion in 2021 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 19.1%.
Hotel And Other Travel Accommodation Global Market Report 2021: COVID-19 Impact and Recovery to 2030 provides the strategists, marketers and senior management with the critical information they need to assess the global hotel and other travel accommodation market as it emerges from the COVID-19 shut down.
Major companies in the hotel and other travel accommodation market include Marriott International; Hilton Worldwide; Wyndham Corporation; Hyatt Hotels Corporation and Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts.
The growth is mainly due to the companies rearranging their operations and recovering from the COVID-19 impact, which had earlier led to restrictive containment measures involving social distancing, remote working, and the closure of commercial activities that resulted in operational challenges. The market is expected to reach $1052.84 billion in 2025 at a CAGR of 7%.
Asia Pacific was the largest region in the global hotel and other travel accommodation market, accounting for 37% of the market in 2020. North America was the second largest region accounting for 27% of the global hotel and other travel accommodation market. Africa was the smallest region in the global hotel and other travel accommodation market.
Hotels are using technologies that are transforming customer experiences. Some technologies are leading to great improvements and savings to the hotel and other travel accommodation market. The most significant trend in the accommodation industry is the use of near-field-communication (NFC) technology, infrared technologies, and robots.
NFC gives users the ability to exchange data between devices, making mobile payments an instant, secure process. Infrared sensors are used in hotels to address customer complaints involving housekeeping interruptions. Hotels are also using robots to deliver amenities to guest rooms and for other functional purposes. Hotel operators are investing in systems and technologies that can automate processes, cut costs and personalize the experience for guests.
The outbreak of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has acted as a massive restraint on the hotel and other travel accommodation market in 2020 as governments globally imposed restrictions on domestic and international travel limiting the need for services offered by these establishments.
However, it is expected that the hotel and other travel accommodation market will recover from the shock across the forecast period as it is a ‘black swan’ event and not related to ongoing or fundamental weaknesses in the market or the global economy.
Increasing use of social media and access to mass media is positively impacting the tourism and hotel industries. With tourists sharing their travel information, photographs and videos on social media platforms, people are increasingly becoming aware of the tourist destinations and recreational experiences offered by different countries around the world.
Key Topics Covered:
1. Executive Summary
2. Report Structure
3. Hotel And Other Travel Accommodation Market Characteristics
3.1. Market Definition
3.2. Key Segmentations
4. Hotel And Other Travel Accommodation Market Product Analysis
4.1. Leading Products/ Services
4.2. Key Features and Differentiators
4.3. Development Products
5. Hotel And Other Travel Accommodation Market Supply Chain
5.1. Supply Chain
5.3. End Customers
6. Hotel And Other Travel Accommodation Market Customer Information
6.1. Customer Preferences
6.2. End Use Market Size and Growth
7. Hotel And Other Travel Accommodation Market Trends And Strategies
8. Impact Of COVID-19 On Hotel And Other Travel Accommodation
9. Hotel And Other Travel Accommodation Market Size And Growth
9.1. Market Size
9.2. Historic Market Growth, Value ($ Billion)
9.3. Forecast Market Growth, Value ($ Billion)
10. Hotel And Other Travel Accommodation Market Regional Analysis
10.1. Global Hotel And Other Travel Accommodation Market, 2020, By Region, Value ($ Billion)
10.2. Global Hotel And Other Travel Accommodation Market, 2015-2020, 2020-2025F, 2030F, Historic And Forecast, By Region
10.3. Global Hotel And Other Travel Accommodation Market, Growth And Market Share Comparison, By Region
11. Hotel And Other Travel Accommodation Market Segmentation
11.1. Global Hotel And Other Travel Accommodation Market, Segmentation By Type, Historic and Forecast, 2015-2020, 2020-2025F, 2030F, $ Billion
- Hotel And Motel
- Casino Hotels
- Bed And Breakfast Accommodation
- All Other Traveler Accommodation
11.2. Global Hotel And Other Travel Accommodation Market, Segmentation By Mode of Booking, Historic and Forecast, 2015-2020, 2020-2025F, 2030F, $ Billion
- Online Bookings
- Direct Bookings
11.3. Global Hotel And Other Travel Accommodation Market, Segmentation By Application, Historic and Forecast, 2015-2020, 2020-2025F, 2030F, $ Billion
- Tourist Accomodation (Leisure)
- Official Business (Professional)
11.4. Global Hotel And Other Travel Accommodation Market, Segmentation By Price Point, Historic and Forecast, 2015-2020, 2020-2025F, 2030F, $ Billion
11.5. Global Hotel And Other Travel Accommodation Market, Segmentation By Ownership, Historic and Forecast, 2015-2020, 2020-2025F, 2030F, $ Billion
12. Hotel And Other Travel Accommodation Market Metrics
12.1. Hotel And Other Travel Accommodation Market Size, Percentage Of GDP, 2015-2025, Global
12.2. Per Capita Average Hotel And Other Travel Accommodation Market Expenditure, 2015-2025, Global
- Marriott International
- Hilton Worldwide
- Wyndham Corporation
- Hyatt Hotels Corporation
- Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts
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When Rhiannon Lewin and her friends booked a camping weekend earlier this year, they imagined pitching their tents under the stars in isolation.
The site they booked near Jervis Bay, on New South Wales’ south coast, was advertised as an open paddock close to the beach. There was no running water or electricity, so Rhiannon and her friends thought they’d be roughing it.
But when they arrived, they found the camp site was in someone’s front yard. And instead of beaches, they were surrounded by tents, campervans and a busy road with a shopping centre.
“The advertisement had all sorts of location shots, but nothing of the actual property,” the 23-year-old from Sydney says.
“It had the beaches, the rivers, but then you get there it was just a yard with a couple of bins for our rubbish and that was it.”
Jodi Bird, a travel expert at consumer advocacy group Choice, says misleading advertising is one of the top consumer complaints when it comes to holiday accommodation.
So, what can you do when you find your holiday accommodation isn’t quite what you ordered? And what can you do to protect yourself?
What to do if there’s a problem
Your first port of call should be with the accommodation provider or the service you used to book.
“Usually we’d say whoever you’d paid money to is who you complain to,” Mr Bird says.
It helps if you can provide some evidence, like photos or a copy of the listing, and are clear about what you are requesting.
“You could ask to be provided with a separate room that meets the requirements of the booking,” Mr Bird says.
“Otherwise, if you’re looking for something like compensation, you need to state a specific amount and why you are seeking that compensation. And if you can refer that back to the legislation, like Australian consumer law.”
Mr Bird also suggests stating your next steps, which could be escalating it with the relevant consumer affairs body.
If you travelled interstate, you might be wondering whether to contact your local consumer affairs body or the one in the state or territory where the accommodation was located.
We asked Consumer Affairs Victoria about this, and a spokesperson said the consumer affairs body in your home state is a good first point of contact. In some cases, they may not have jurisdiction, but they can point you in the right direction.
“It’s unlikely the consumer affairs body will respond fast enough to facilitate a resolution while you’re still in the accommodation, so it’s not too late to deal with it when you get home,” Mr Bird adds.
“Just bear in mind, whether you changed accommodation providers, or stayed with the same provider, you ideally want to be able to state a dollar amount of compensation that you feel will resolve your problem.
“That dollar amount should reflect the reasonable cost to you of the failure of the service provider.”
Your rights under consumer law
If you’re travelling within Australia, you have some protections under Australian consumer law.
Accommodation providers are bound by consumer guarantees. These include providing accommodation with “acceptable care and skill or technical knowledge” and “taking all necessary steps to avoid loss and damage”;
Accommodation providers, like other businesses, also can’t make false or misleading claims in their advertising.
For example, if the accommodation provided is different to the photos or description in the listing, you may have grounds for compensation or cancellation, Mr Bird says.
The provider may be able to remedy the situation by moving you to a new room or different accommodation that matches your booking, but it must be done in a reasonable time-frame, Mr Bird adds.
“If it’s a week later, and you’ve already spent that time staying in a room that you didn’t want to book, you can ask for compensation,” he says.
“But if they’re able to organise a room that matches the description within a couple of hours, they’re allowed to do that.”
Keep in mind that Australian consumer laws may not apply if you’re travelling overseas. You may however have some rights under local consumer laws, Mr Bird says.
What to know about cancellations and fees
If you’re thinking about cancelling your accommodation after you arrive, it’s important to check the terms and conditions.
Cancellation fees cannot be excessive. They should reflect “reasonable costs” that would be incurred by changing the booking.
If there is a serious problem with the accommodation — for instance, it is unsafe or vastly different to what was advertised — you may be entitled to compensation under the consumer guarantees.
It’s important to remember these protections may apply even if the terms and conditions of your accommodation would usually prevent a refund or other compensation.
How to protect yourself next time your travel
One tip is to ask questions about the accommodation before you travel. It can help protect you should problems arise, Mr Bird says.
“If you’re booking any accommodation — whether it be a caravan park or a hotel via [a third-party site] — you’re obviously subject to the terms and conditions,” he says.
“But if you contact the actual provider, and they provide representations or guarantees over email, for example, then that essentially forms part of the terms and conditions.”
For Rhiannon, the lesson was to be a bit careful when checking listings.
“You want to know what you’re walking in to,” she says.
“It’s hard to prepare yourself and plan for one thing and then get there and it’s a whole different story.”
Here are other ideas from the ACCC to help protect your trip:
- Read the terms and conditions before you travel. If you book through at travel agent, the policies of your agent and the service provider will both apply;
- Check what will happen if the booking can’t proceed due to COVID-19 travel restrictions. Sometimes this will be covered under a “force majeure” clause;
- Check what will happen if you need to cancel the booking;
- Check what will happen if the provider needs to cancel the booking;
- Confirm the terms and conditions with the business. Ask what you will receive and get them to point to specific terms that cover each cancellation scenario. If you can, get this in writing;
- Ask when payments are due. If you can, look for businesses that allow you to pay closer to the point of departure;
- Finally, carefully consider if your circumstances and the risks involved in travelling, as you may be unable to claim a refund if you need to cancel.
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While some weekends call for luxury hotels in the heart of the city, others require seclusion and nature.
The former is dominated by international accommodation chains and big booking sites, but for the latter? Local start-ups tracking down spots around Australia that deliver lush, unspoilt beauty so you can get away from the daily grind.
That’s what this list is all about: websites helping you recharge away from everything (and everyone). So happy searching – planning a holiday is sometimes as fun as the trip itself.
A yoke is the wooden bar connecting domesticated animals to farming equipment. In 2016, twin brothers Cameron and Chris Grant found that they were yoked to their jobs and work commitments, so their travel start-up is all about leaving behind the worries of the nine-to-five grind and recharging away from those stressors. The company first launched with three cabins in NSW’s Southern Highlands – now it’s got 22 across NSW, Victoria and Queensland. Every off-the-grid cabin is deep within acres of secluded wilderness and is cleverly designed to focus on sustainability, longevity and functionality. If you don’t have time to grab drinks and snacks before you leave home, the cabins come with a curated selection by reputable local providers.
While most of the providers on this list exclusively offer accommodation, Riparide gives you a mix of places to stay and things to do. It has hundreds of listings across NSW and Victoria, from wilderness cottages and Kombi vans to surf lessons, winery tours, rafting, berry-picking and more. Relax during a sound-healing session in a yurt right near the beach, kayak to a secluded family home at the tip of the river bend, explore a national park on horseback as snow falls all around you, or lay back in an outdoor bath overlooking the mountains.
Inspired by the tiny house movement, registered nurse and mum-of-three Natasha Weir and four other business partners built up a fleet of tiny houses and dotted them around regional NSW, Victoria, Queensland and South Australia (where you’ll find its newest), with plans to eventually expand to every state in Australia. The homes are compact and come with everything you need, while also leaving minimal impact on the environment. Each property offers something a little different. Some are on boutique farms, others vineyards, some are in semi-secluded locations and others are completely tucked away in the bush.
Holing up in a tiny, self-sufficient wooden cabin in a secret location where no one can find you isn’t a practical long-term lifestyle change for everyone, but Cabn is here for short-term escapes where the only people you’ll encounter are the ones you bring with you. It has dog-friendly cabins across Victoria, South Australia and Queensland, all fitted with small kitchens, bathrooms, heaters and outdoor fire pits or barbeques. And while Cabn first launched with compact, secluded stays, its larger, more luxurious counterpart Cabn X is launching soon with two neighbouring houses and premium amenities.
This platform, by slow-living and slow-travel lifestyle brand Life Unhurried, is a curated edit of accommodation options that encourage you to slow down, from bubble tents overlooking NSW’s Capertee Valley and homesteads in Queensland’s Lamington National Park, to private islands off the coast of Tasmania and minimalist pavilions among the vines of South Australia’s McLaren Vale. Unlike the other options on this list, Slow Stays isn’t a booking platform – it’s a straight-up directory that leads users straight onto the accommodation’s own website, so they can book direct and support small business owners.
Formerly Youcamp, Hipcamp is something of an Airbnb for camping – it connects you with landowners so you can camp on otherwise private properties. It has sites listed across Australia, including basic bush camping with minimal facilities, full glamping experiences, decked out caravans and small cabins. You can rent out small properties for just you and a friend, or even bigger sites for gathering large groups and hosting events.
New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Services
Perhaps not the first organisation that springs to mind when it comes to holidays, the state agency has dozens of accommodation options in its beautiful national parks. Its three most recent additions are refurbished cottages: one perched on rocky headland with spectacular views of Sugarloaf Bay, and two others in an adjoining alpine property in the Snowy Mountains, with extended outdoor decks and views of Lake Jindabyne.
Inside Australia’s first inflatable homestay, you get uninterrupted views of the second largest canyon in the world while the sun is up, and an endless canopy of stars after it sets. The bubble tents overlook Capertree Valley, halfway between Mudgee and Lithgow and around 200 kilometres north-west of Sydney (the exact location is kept secret until your stay). All three are in the same area, but far enough away that you’re afforded privacy. An eco-turbine keeps the bubble inflated, and inside there’s a comfortable bed, a compost toilet, running water, a shower and environmentally-friendly toiletries.
Internet and phone use is discouraged at Shacky’s three houses in Victoria’s Yarra Valley, Grampians and High Country. The small houses are made with all-Australian materials and are completely off-grid: solar panels provide enough power for the lights and to charge phones, but there’s hardly any reception. And provisions are all top-notch and comfortable, with queen-sized beds, high-pressure showers and potbellied stoves. The views are gorgeous, too.
There are three Tiny Stays dotted in locations close to Melbourne: Healesville in the Yarra Valley, Warburton near the Yarra Ranges, and down the Mornington Peninsula. Each idyllic, off-grid house is equipped with all the amenities of a boutique hotel, including a queen-sized bed, hot running water, a fully-functional kitchenette and fridge, bluetooth speakers and a pile of books and board games to keep you occupied without reaching for your phone.