Long-term travel: why more Aussie families are opting to hit the road for longer

In a movement that is continuing to gain momentum, more families than ever before are hitting the road indefinitely, opting to take advantage of long-term accommodation options to allow for longer, more in-depth travel experiences with their loved ones.

Leading accommodation provider Oaks Hotels & Resorts supports this growing trend, having noticed an incline in long-stay occupancy at a selection of its leisure properties across the country, with families in particular choosing to stay for lengthier periods of time to really make the most of their holiday.

“We’ve seen a rise of 23.77 per cent in long-stay holidaymakers over the past financial year and families comprise a substantial portion of that figure,” said Mr Mike Anderson, Chief Operations Officer of Oaks Hotels & Resorts.   

From creating intimate and unforgettable memories with your family, to gaining a local ‘insiders’ perspective at a new of favourite destination, and building strong friendships within a new community, Australian families are increasingly benefiting from the myriad rewards of staying long-term. 

“This travel trend isn’t surprising, given long-term stays provide families with a number of advantages that short-term travel may not, including increased flexibility, more time to fully immerse themselves in a destination and its unique local experiences, and highly competitive rates – it’s a win, win for those looking to travel semi-permanently on the road,” he said. 

Whether it’s to escape frenzied city life, seek a path of exploration, or just try something new, packing up the kids and heading off on an exciting family adventure for an extended period of time is becoming a viable choice for the modern family.

And while travelling long-term with children is bound to have its challenges, the pros outweigh the cons for many adventure-seeking families.

Evie Farrell, ex-PR professional turned travel blogger at Mum Pack Travel, took the plunge into long-term travel with her six-year-old daughter in February, and hasn’t looked back since.

“With so many industries becoming more mobile, it’s so much easier to work from the road these days. Not only will you enjoy what you are doing more with your newfound flexibility, but you will also be able to experience life as a local, and spend genuine time with your family – it’s unquestionably worthwhile,” she said.

Oaks Hotels & Resorts offers long-term accommodation at a selection of its properties across Australia, New Zealand, Thailand and the United Arab Emirates. Whether you’re seeking a leisurely trip to New Zealand, a relaxing sea-change to Queensland, or an exotic adventure to the Middle East, Oaks Hotels & Resorts has a range of comfortable and convenient long-term accommodation options available in a number of exciting and family-friendly destinations.

Oaks Hotels & Resorts’ long-term rentals are valid for bookings of 28+ nights and start from $119* per night.

For more information on Oaks Hotels & Resorts please visit http://www.oakshotels.com/en/


Oaks Hotels & Resorts is one of Australia’s largest self-contained, accommodation providers, currently incorporating a portfolio of 54 properties spanning Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South and Western Australia as well as New Zealand, Thailand and the United Arab Emirates.


Minor Hotels (MH) is an international hotel owner, operator and investor currently with 155 hotels in operation. MH passionately explores new possibilities in hospitality with a diverse portfolio of properties designed intelligently to appeal to different kinds of travellers, serving new passions as well as personal needs. Through our Anantara, AVANI, PER AQUUM, Oaks, Elewana, Tivoli, Four Seasons, St. Regis, Marriott and Minor International properties, MH operates in 23 countries across Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Africa, the Indian Ocean, Europe and South America. 

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