Tell Us How Bad You Need A Staycation & You Could Win 1 of 5 Free Ones

They say a change is as good as a holiday, so then a change of scene on holiday must be totally fab for us. Let’s be honest, it’s always a good time for a staycation, and the timing gets even better when the hotel bill is on someone else’s tab.

Which is why the understanding folks at Choice Hotels are offering to foot the hotel bill for you and a mate at any of their locations around Australia or New Zealand if you answer the easy question, “Why do you and yr m8 need a mini staycay?”


The Christmas break is already feeling like it went down eons ago. Seriously, can it only have been three months? So much has happened between then and now. There have been about a million Kardashian scandals, the Jonas Brothers reunited, Mardis Gras happened, Brooklyn Nine-Nine was renewed…you get it, there’s been a lot.

Maybe ‘the man’ has been grinding you down, and a few nights in lush surrounds where someone else does the cleaning is exactly what you need to refresh. Maybe you actually have no idea what to do with your life and little getaway will help you ‘find’ yourself again, don’t even worry about it, we’ve all been there. Or maybe you just haven’t seen your mate in a while and you’re both itching to catch up again.

There are five different staycations to be given, and all you have to do is convince us that you and your buddy deserve one of them. I’ll even give you some inspo on where to go to help motivate your butt.

Last Minute Beach Trip

Autumn is coming hard and fast folks, get yourself to the beach while you can. Get yourself a hotel RIGHT on the shores of a Newcastle beach and literally just stay there. Swim, sunbathe, drink cocktails and maybe read. You should not do anything more strenuous than reading. It’s the rules of a beachy staycay and it sounds amazing to me.

Swim (Safely) With Crocs

The Northern Territory has always called to me, yet I’ve never been. Be better than me and enjoy the biggest city in the sparsely populated state, Darwin. It’s the gateway to Kakadu National Park, so you know there’s going to be some stunning desert scenery. But it’s also famously one of the few places you can get up close and personal to a croc while in the safety of a glass tube. There’s a story you’ll be telling forever after.

Explore The Southern Alps

The whole Christchurch to Canterbury region is blessed by the ridiculously beautiful Southern Alps. Yup, the ones you see in Lord Of The Rings. Set yourself up in the adorable Blenheim to be a day trip from the mountain range, as well as the wineries of Marlborough. Really it’s just the best of both worlds.

Dive Into A World Heritage Site

The Great Barrier Reef is the largest living thing on the planet. THAT my friends is the exact perspective you need from a mini-break. Grab a hotel in the sunny Far North Queensland hotspot that is Cairns and spend all day getting up close and personal with the huge and colourful variety of marine life that call the reef home.