Every time we travel, we always have to make sure that it is a well-deserved trip. That is why we plan it ahead of time. We save money to buy plane tickets. But let’s admit that we always have this dilemma on where to stay that will not kill our pocket. Lol.
For me, it is not really a big deal to find affordable nor cheap, quality and comfortable accommodations. Here are some of my personal tips to help save your budget when you travel.
GO ON CAMPING
If you are the person who is up for an outdoor adventure, camping is indeed the best option for you. When deciding where to camp, consider what amenities are important to you. But if you have an adventurous soul, you can actually hike to a certain mountain and do an overnight stay at the top of it where you can find free restrooms (you know what I mean) and have picnics but make sure you are prepared. Here in our country, most trekkers love to go on camping where they will trek to a certain mountain for how many hours for them to reach at the top.
This option/tip is the best for me. Home stays are the best accommodation for travelers who are willing to stay with the locals at a very cheap price or even possibly for free. For Couchsurfing, it may sound itchy sleeping on someone else’s sofa, but by doing this you will be able to interact with the locals which is the best way to get familiar with the town/city.
In addition, you will learn more about your host’s lifestyle and customs.Then you will be able to compare it differently when you will be visiting another town or city.
Finding hostels is an awesome way to save some amount of your money. This option is the most fun of all because you will be able to meet other travelers or solo backpackers and have a great time with them looking for a party at night in the town. You can also jaunt with them for a night out.
SHORT-TERM APARTMENT/ROOM RENTAL
Some of our vacations might last longer for a week. If that’s the case, you have to stay in a short-term apartment or room rental. There is a website that actually offers affordable options for room rental. You might wanna check Airbnb. This type of accommodation will provide you more amenities compared to other tips mentioned. This will give you a private bathroom and kitchen where you can cook your own meals and furnishings. This is also the best if you are traveling in a group where you can share the cost of rentals. (Believe me! This is much cheaper compared to booking a hotel room.)
HOTEL REVIEW SITES/COMPARISON
If none of the four tips is appealing to you, you can still look for a reasonable accommodation. Check out hotel comparison sites like Hotels.com and Trivago, which often list discounts and deals as well as local activities and sights to see. But price isn’t everything: get a firsthand account of fellow travelers’ hotel experiences on travel review sites like TripAdvisor.
ADDITIONAL TIP: LOOK FOR A CONTACT/ASK SOME LOCALS
There are also lots of awesome hole-in-the-wall places that aren’t easy to find online but that offer great deals. Ask locals about good affordable spots or ask your fellow travelers for their favorite recent finds and see if you can track down a phone number to book a bed. If you’re travelling in the off-season, leaving some options open in your travel itinerary for these unexpected recommendations adds an exciting element. (But be careful during the busy holiday season—everything books up!)