Whether you’re heading away for a weekend city break or planning a backpacking adventure to far-flung places, your accommodation is usually one of your biggest travel expenses. But with an often-bewildering array of different accommodation options available in any given destination, finding the right place to stay isn’t always as easy as you might think.
If you’re planning your next big adventure on a budget, here are six pro tips for finding your travel accommodation and getting the most from your trip.
Think carefully about the location
Found a really cheap place to stay? Before making the booking, it’s always a good idea to carefully check the location of the accommodation. The cheapest hotels or hotels might be located miles away from the main attractions, meaning you’ll have to spend more money on transportation once you get there. Sometimes out-of-town options can be worth considering, but only if it’s still cheap and convenient enough to reach where you need to be.
Look carefully at online reviews
Even though you’re travelling on a budget, you’ll still want to make sure you find somewhere nice to stay. By doing some research and looking carefully at online reviews before you book, it’s often possible to find budget-friendly options that have better online reviews than more expensive hotels or hostels.
Consider staying in an apartment
While hostels and hotels remain the most popular types of accommodation, apartments and other rental homes can be a great choice for those looking to save some money. With more and people using their smartphones to book their holidays (87% in India) sites like Airbnb are increasing in popularity and offer a wide range of options that are often much cheaper than traditional hotels or hotels. In addition, those travelling in a group can save even more money by splitting the total cost of the rental between each person.
Avoid peak times
One of the best ways to save money on your travel accommodation is to avoid the peak seasons and plan your visit at a less busy time. You can also strategically plan your itinerary to save even more money, for example by avoiding big cities at the weekend and arriving mid-week when accommodation is usually much cheaper.
Do your research to find the best price
Once you’ve found a place you’d like to book, it’s always worth doing some research and checking if you are booking it at the best price. Comparison websites are ideal for this and allow you to easily compare prices to ensure you are getting the best possible deal. In addition, it’s also a good idea to look out for special offers and online discount codes to save even more money.
Extend your stay
Staying somewhere for one night sometimes works out more expensive than staying for longer, with many hotels reserving their best prices for extended stays. If you’re looking to reduce the cost-per-night, keep an eye out for special offers that allow you to get a night for free when staying for a certain number of nights.