Top tips for a short break

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Unless you love the chaos of last-minute decisions, get in early with your bookings. Leaving plans to the last minute increases your chances of missing out on the location or accommodation you wanted, or facing hefty airfares.


Choose your companions and holiday theme. A quiet trip away with someone special? A family vacation at a farm stay? A boys’ sport weekend? A few days of bushwalking or pampering and champers with the girls? A shopping trip to the city? Working out who to go with and where to go is half the pleasure of taking a break.


There’s comfort in the familiar but discoveries await with new locations. There are 12 regions to explore in Victoria, each offering a different experience – coastal scenery, bushwalks, wineries, galleries, fishing, high country experiences, sports extravaganzas, farmers’ markets or just serenity. Go to for inspiration.


RoyalAuto’s classifieds list accommodation options including holiday houses, apartments and cottages. There is no shortage of websites covering everything from five-star hotels to motels, camping grounds and caravan parks. Check conditions carefully – some accommodation providers require that you bring your own linen and towels, and car parking is not always provided, especially in the city.


When booking accommodation, working out what to visit, or finding a good place to eat, reviews are your best friend. Star Ratings Australia lists professionally rated accommodation, while Tripadvisor is a good all-rounder. Timeout, Zomato and Goodfood can whet your appetite with cafe and restaurant reviews.


If you are staying in the city centre or a regional town it’s much easier to be close to the action and within walking distance of the places you want to visit rather than relying on a car to get around. Choosing centrally located accommodation means you can catch a train or bus to your holiday destination.


Try staying in the city. Melbourne has world-class cultural and sporting facilities, and some of the best food on the planet. Why not consider a walking tour? Or use your time to check out a gallery, theatre show, or restaurants and cafes that have been begging for attention on your to-do list.


February and March can be hot, so get an early start before the sun is too high in the sky. Take it easy during the day then head out again as the temperature cools.


Throw caution to the wind and book a same-day, or a one, two or three-night mystery flight and accommodation deal. Mystery flights leave from Melbourne Airport and can be booked well in advance.


You’ll have a much more enjoyable holiday if you pick a handful of things you really want to do rather than rushing to see all that a destination offers. You can always return another day to take in that must-see that got away.


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Story: Verica Jokic
Published in RoyalAuto Feb 17