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1. Posted by adampatti1 (Budding Member 4 posts) 7y

I noticed from doing a lot of internet research etc. on various message forums, that people tend to make things up entirely.

I've seen people asking about budget accomadation in, say Sydney, and being told they will be looking at $250-$300 a week. I've seen hostels online that are more around the $100-150 mark in the centre of Sydney. OK, these may be large dorms etc., but when people reply on these forums do they make it up, or do they just generally not know?

It makes me think twice about believing half the stuff I read anyway.

Adam

2. Posted by adampatti1 (Budding Member 4 posts) 7y

I guess that should actually say 'read' rather than 'hear' in the title!:)

3. Posted by Peter (Admin 5811 posts) 7y

Quoting adampatti1

I noticed from doing a lot of internet research etc. on various message forums, that people tend to make things up entirely.

I've seen people asking about budget accomadation in, say Sydney, and being told they will be looking at $250-$300 a week. I've seen hostels online that are more around the $100-150 mark in the centre of Sydney. OK, these may be large dorms etc., but when people reply on these forums do they make it up, or do they just generally not know?

It makes me think twice about believing half the stuff I read anyway.

Adam

Maybe they visited Sydney around New Years. If so, the options become much more limited very quickly and you'll often end up paying significantly more. Easily in the 250-300 range. Just checked some examples on Travellerspoint for the week before New Years (New Years itself is almost all booked out already, so pointless checking that):

Pick other times of the year though and you can certainly find hostels in the $100-$150 price range.

But of course you're right, everything you read on forums should be treated the same way any conversation offline would be. You just can't take what people say at face value. You need to do your own research.

4. Posted by adampatti1 (Budding Member 4 posts) 7y

Yeh, the prices are a lot more expensive over Christmas/New year. But the stuff I've read people saying were generally year round.

Maybe people just dont do their research. I like to see what people are saying on the forums, but take it with a pinch of salt, and do my own research directly.

Things about living costs etc. I always find a dodgy one, because it will vary from person to person. Also, some people may class budget eating or whatever as totally different to what another person may percieve what eating on a budget is. Same with accomodation as well. Its just strange the amount of times I see things that are blatantly factually incorrect. Not necessarily this forum though, dont get me wrong. I mean all over the WWW.

Anyway, cant wait to go to OZ!! :):)

[ Edit: Edited on 13-Aug-2009, at 17:50 by adampatti1 ]

5. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 7y

If you're staying at Wake Up or the YHA (ie. the two nicest hostels in Sydney), the cheapest rate is pretty much 30 AUD a night year round. So it depends on what kind of experience the person relaying it has had. But yes, one should not always trust everything one reads on message boards, just like you can't always believe what you hear on CNN :)

6. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 7y

Quoting adampatti1

I've seen people asking about budget accomadation in, say Sydney, and being told they will be looking at $250-$300 a week. I've seen hostels online that are more around the $100-150 mark in the centre of Sydney. OK, these may be large dorms etc., but when people reply on these forums do they make it up, or do they just generally not know?

If you go by general "budget accommodation" costs in Sydney, for a double/twin or single room then a budget of $250-$300 a week is pretty cheap in Sydney. If you go by the terms "average cost of a bed in a hostel in Sydney" or "cost of a dorm bed in Sydney" then $250-$300 per week is quite expensive except around New Years where it is not at all uncommon to pay about that and more as places regularly have minimum stay periods some I have seen have minimum stay of 14 days!

Another thing with relation to budget questions is the word budget is open to interpretation. If you ask a 50+ year old what budget accommodation is most will say a motel or a 1-2 star hotel. If you ask a 18-30 year old what budget accommodation is most will say a hostel. Also someone who is travelling for 3 months and has $20,000 after flights may think $150 a day is a pretty cheap where as those who are the average backpacker may say $40 a day is a bit steep. Most stuff that is not very specific is open to interpretation so what you think is not necessarily what I think or other people reading this thinks. Having said all of this you are right in certain aspects in that often people who comment on posts really are guessing or the facts they give are based on a few years ago.

[ Edit: Edited on 15-Aug-2009, at 00:19 by aharrold45 ]