Accommodation is one of the biggest fixed cost factors when we think for a trip, as it reduces your cost can lead to big savings. No matter what is your choice of accommodation it may be different, one thing everyone has in common is that no one wants to pay a fortune for it. Since you have to spend a night while on the trip, reducing the hotel expense can save you a lot of money off the total cost of your trip. As my personal experience finding free or inexpensive lodging will have the biggest impact on your budget.
Below are the best ways to find cheap accommodations :
Tip 1 # Find cheap hotel
If you are willing to adjust with fewer comforts, then the mid-level hotel is a better option for you.
We generally use particular websites to check hotel prices, there are lots of booking sites from where you can directly book hotels, one has to check wisely like what type of facility they provide? Do they provide breakfast? Their Check-in and Check-out time? Location of the hotel is the most important part of it.
Goibibo is the leading site in India which provides cheap hotel options. You always find offers running on their site. I generally use this site for hotel booking.
Booking.comis another site which is popular worldwide. Here you will find cheaper rooms with your set budget.
Agoda is a bit expensive than the above two sites but here you will get more good rooms with your comforts.
Tip 2# Stay in Hostels
Hostels are another option for budget travelers, in hostels room are dormitory style where all facilities are shared. Many people think it is for young people, some people think it is not safe. But many of don’t know they do have small rooms, single rooms, double rooms for solo travelers and for couples. The myth is hostels are dirty, but the thing is many Hostels offers more facilities than hotels and they are cleaner than hotels. They come with wifi, tour desks, bars, curtains, lockers for your stuff, big bathrooms, some hostels offers free breakfast and lots more! I am constantly amazed at how hostels get better and better each year.
Tip 3# Stay in Airbnb
It is a home of someone who allows people to stay in furnished apartments while traveling. These apartments are cheaper than hotels and provide many more amenities. You’ll get all the comforts of home without spending a fortune.
These apartments are a nice bridge between a hostel and hotel, though they can get a bit expensive if you are a solo traveler. They are roughly double the cost (if not more) than a hostel dorm room. Reasons to choose Airbnb are people who like privacy can go with this, another reason is you will get a kitchen, allowing you to cook and reduce your food costs.
Airbnb costs you from $5 – 100 USD per night, now it depends on you how luxurious home you wish to rent. I would recommend finding a home which is a bit away from the main town so you will get a cheap home with maximum luxuries.
Airbnb is much popular website and it is the best way to travel with your comforts. They have covered almost all the destinations in the world. It is a safe and clean place, it is especially for them who don’t want to stay either in hotel and hostel. One more thing some immigrations don’t consider Airbnb as a confirmed stay booking, sometimes they don’t ask about your stay, but be prepared for such questions.
Tip 4# Sleep while in Traveling
When taking a bus, train, or flight, try and plan it so you are traveling at night. Such a way, you don’t have to pay for a night’s accommodation. You have to get from one location to another, so why not do it at night time.
I have taken many overnight bus and train journey’s, and it greatly helps to cut down on your accommodation costs as well as it saves day travel time.
By focusing above points, one can save a few bucks which will help to enjoy the trip in less money. While traveling the main concerns are transport cost as well as accommodation cost. I will make a separate blog to save money in transportation to travel from one city to other as well as one country to another country.