Travelling on a budget? Stay in a holiday apartment and save.
It's no secret that some holidays can cost a fortune, but with the right approach and a little bit of forward-thinking, you can take the family away for an affordable trip.
One way to lower expenses is to stay in a holiday apartment, as these come equipped with fully functional kitchens and laundries as well as spacious living areas.
Mantra has apartment-style accommodation in a range of family holiday destinations, whether you want to escape to Surfers Paradise or visit Port Douglas.
"A great way to lower travel expenses is to stay in a holiday apartment, as these come equipped with fully functional kitchens and laundries as well as spacious living areas."
Here are some ways that booking a holiday apartment for your next getaway may save you some money.
If you love cooking, don't give up this passion while you are on holiday! Make the most of having time off work by being able to cook what you want, when you want.
Most apartments come with fully-equipped kitchens so that you can whip up delicious meals just as you would at home.
Instead of spending up large on room service, pop to a nearby supermarket and stock up on fresh ingredients.
Most Mantra apartments are near local food stores - in fact, the Mantra Circle on Cavill on the Gold Coast even has a Woolworths located directly underneath it.
Alternatively, keep an eye out for local markets - a great way to explore what local produce is on offer and to test out some new ingredients.
For example, Mantra Sierra Grand in Broadbeach is located a few minutes' walk from the popular Oracle Farmers' Markets.
Meanwhile Mantra Trilogy in Cairns is located on the same road as the famous Cairns' Night Markets - well worth a walk around if you want to sample some delicious local food.
It's also fun to shop at different bakeries, fruit stores, butchers and other speciality food stores in the area.
For some people, the ultimate pleasure is going out to a restaurant, for others it is cooking for the family. In an apartment, at least you have the freedom to decide what option you'd prefer.
A chance to relax
When you are on holiday, it can be tempting to try and fit as many activities as you can into a day. So by the time the sun goes down, it's nice to be able to come home to a spacious Mantra apartment and put your feet up!
Relax in front of the television by renting an in-house movie.
The whole family can enjoy some time together watching a Disney favourite, or you and your loved one can put your feet up with a glass of red and watch an old classic once the kids are in bed.
Many Mantra hotels and resorts also have day spas and swimming pools, which you can make the most of when you don't feel like venturing out for the day.
Having the opportunity to spend some time around the apartment doing things you would usually do at home can save you money and energy, leaving you feeling refreshed and ready to face another full-on day of sightseeing!
Staying in an apartment also gives you the flexibility to do things on your own terms, without revolving your holiday around restaurant opening times or continental breakfasts.
This freedom is good for your wallet and good for your soul - get out there and explore the local surroundings!