Booking lodging can seem like a chore for many travelers, but getting the best deal on travel accommodation can be a thrill that will allow you to spend what you save on seeing and doing more during your travels.
The great news is that there is no unique trick to getting a good deal. It just depends on how much effort you put into your digging.
Here are some of our top money-saving tips you should use while planning your next trip.
Compare, Compare, Compare
Getting the right price requires a little work. Start by checking out websites like Expedia, Kayak, and Priceline.com to find hotels at your destination, then look them up individually. Look for promo codes and add-on benefits like free parking, breakfast, and free WiFi. Sometimes you might find the best deals right on the hotels’ website. This is true especially of bigger hotel chains who want to encourage patrons to book directly from them.
Sharpen Your Negotiation Skills
Once you have a good idea of the deals on offer, call the hotel and see if they can sweeten the deal if you book directly.
Sign up For Last-Minute Deals
Several websites and apps will regularly send you deals on travel and hotel stay for various destinations and airlines if you sign up. While this means you have to be flexible with your destination and travel time, you might get lucky with round trips or accommodation at a fraction of the price!
Try Off-Beat Accommodations
Today, sites like Airbnb and HomeAway help you rent a home, studio apartment, or even a room for a great price. In addition, budget travelers can try out hostels that also offer private rooms and en suite bathrooms.
Step Away from The City Center
If you stay close to the city center, it will be more expensive to live. However, if all your activities are not planned downtown, you can save by living outside the central hub but close enough to public transportation.
Leverage Your Network
Hotels and other lodgings offer several deals for seniors, students, and members of the military and AAA. Asking about these deals or booking directly from their official websites can help you save.