The second part of the budget-friendly travel guide is for accommodations. Just like flights, staying at a hotel can be so expensive that you almost wouldn’t have money left to do anything. The purpose of traveling is to set out on a memorable journey, right? How remarkable is it going to be if you’re spending all your money and just staying in the hotel? When you keep accommodation costs low, you can easily stretch your budget.
Use Comparison Sites
Everywhere you look, you can find an online comparison site for travel. The sites are there so you can see deals that they offer for hostels, hotels, and any other lodging. Not every website is going to be the same, so it’s worth it to compare around. You are going to find that even family-owned bed and breakfast cottages get listed on comparison sites.
When you use comparison sites, you’re typically able to search for your accommodation based on price, and location. For example, if you want to stay at a hotel that costs $100USD a night and is within five miles of Universal Studios in Orlando, you can search it.
Use Review Websites
There are a lot of travel review websites on the internet that has advertising deals with certain accommodations. The call-to-action links that are available on sites such as www.tripadvisor.com make it possible to get good deals on hotels while you’re looking up reviews. Not only can you find those sales, but you also get to learn about the experiences other travelers have had.
When you travel far from home, you might be planning on staying for an extended period. For example, there are a lot of travelers who go to Europe from North America and stay for longer than a month. Considering how long you’re staying in a particular location is a huge part of determining what your accommodations are going to be.
If you plan on staying at your destination for longer than a month, it might be more cost-efficient to look into renting a room or an apartment for that month. You can book a hostel bed for the first few nights until you’re able to find something affordable and suitable.
You can use websites such as www.airbnb.com to search different types of homes that are available for short-term rentals.
Home-Staying and Couch Surfing
One of the great things about travelers is that the majority of you are likeminded. In addition to using price comparison websites and renting rooms or apartments, you can also stay with hosts. Travelers know what it’s like to be on the road, and away from home. You’d be surprised just how many open up their homes.
Websites such as www.homestay.com and www.couchsurfing.org provide a cheaper, and even free, source of accommodations. Using these two methods does require that you put your trust in humans because staying with strangers can be scary. However, the services work to match you with hosts who are available to open their home to you while you travel. You can touch base with the locals, save tons of cash, and have comfortable lodging all at once.
Do More Research
Another essential budgeting tip to keep in mind is that not all accommodations can get found online. In fact, there are many hostels, cottages, hotels, and other lodgings throughout South America and Asia that aren’t online.
The majority of the accommodations don’t have high enough profit margins to post on comparison websites. If they did, they wouldn’t make any money after paying for the advertising and covering bills and expenses. However, that doesn’t mean that they don’t have a phone.
Take advantage of online travel forums and search where people have stayed at your preferred destination. There are people in the country that can help you get the phone number to a place with cheap lodging. From there, you can call up and reserve a bed.
There are many ways to save money when booking your travel accommodations; you just have to approach the challenge with a positive mindset. Just remember that planning is essential and you should decide how much you want to spend, and what type of lodging you’d like. Once you’ve adequately planned it out, you should have endless options available.
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