Life Is Short And The World Is Wide..
Finding a place to stay is as important as booking you tickets to travel to a new destination. Where you sleep and freshen up matter as it could work for you or against you. Accommodation can be one of the most expensive parts of your trip. However, if you plan it well, you could actually save a lot of that cash on budget accommodation and use it well for seeing and experiencing more.
The kind of budget accommodation can depend on your needs and the way you like to roughen it up. Also, it might depend on who you are traveling with and their preferences. Additionally, one of the biggest factors is how much you are willing to spend on the go. How you travel and spend your dollars is totally up to you, but we all need a place to sleep at night and we may as well get the best deal as possible.
We usually travel as a couple so when we look for a place we don’t mind roughening it up a little bit as long as we have a pillow to lay our head on and a clean restroom. We have stayed in a variety of places and there have hardly been any place that left us dissatisfied in any way, thanks to our research and these top tips to find budget accommodation in any destination.
Here are some of what we consider before booking a place to stay:
Hostels and backpackers dormitories
Staying in hostels or dormitories can help you get a simple space for very cheap. In many places across the world, hostels are quite clean and well maintained. You can find a hostel where you might have to share a room with a bunk bed, or if you are lucky you might find a private room with an attached/shared bathroom. Hostels in most cities are located close to all public transport sites and tourist sites. A private or family room is usually cheaper than a hotel room and generally have cheap and free services such as Wi-Fi, a laundry, luggage storage, fully-equipped kitchen facilities, and local tours. Hostels and dormitories are the best places to meet and connect with other fellow travelers from other parts of the world.
Avail great hotel deals
Always, always check for deals before you book any hotel. Most commonly visited hotels in important tourist destinations will definitely offer deals from time to time. Also, prices change from day to day, so if you planning a long stay consider the increase/decrease before booking.
Plan rupee to other currency conversions
We have noticed that Rs 1000 actually amounts to a lot of money when converted to other currencies, for example in south-east Asia and other budget international travel destinations. For example, in Cambodia we stayed in a plush arty-farty hotel for just Rs 800.
For the the outdoorsy peeps
If you think that you would be spending a large quantity of time outdoors and need a bed only to crash, then give least preference to the place you stay at.
Avoid staying in city centers
Most hotels around city centers or close to important landmarks would hike up their prices to make some great profits. While it would be very convenient to stay close to these places, staying in the suburbs will help you save a lot of money. You might have to spend some money traveling, but that might not amount to a night at a decent hotel in the city.
Use these Websites
With Airbnb you can stay at a clean apartment or a villa at really affordable prices. Many people who are within the Airbnb list let their houses out to travelers for a low cost. AirBnb are in 180 countries world wide and offer a great way to connect people who have space to spare with those who are looking for a place to stay, whether you need an apartment for a night, or a home for a month. You can book entire apartments or just a single bedroom, allowing you the choice between having the place all to yourself or staying with and getting to know the owner. Even though you might never meet your host, you’ll get to feel more like a local.
The idea behind couchsurfing is to use the hospitality of friendly people around the world who open their homes to travelers as an act of kindness that dates back millenia. Couch surfing is a way to travel for budget travelers. Couchsurfing.com is the social website that makes connecting travelers with places to crash easier. It now has more than three million members in 246 countries around the world. If you are an avid traveler, you could open up your own home for people from other countries who travel to India.
Affiliations of clubs
If you are a member of any clubs in India, then you should look up if these clubs are affiliated with clubs across the world. Your membership will help you avail some super discounts.
Great options for the spiritually minded with a thirst to see the world.
Find friends or friends of friends and ask if you could stay with them
The last time we traveled across the US, every place we visited we had friends who were really kind to let us stay over at their place.In fact, we decided to visit a place only if we knew someone who was staying there. It a great way to catch up with your friends and get a place to stay for free too.
Travelling as a group, then you must definitely look for group discounts in hotels or resorts. Sometimes you can get a discount and some sweet deals with freebies as well. Research, research before you book!
Stay more than 1 night
Many accommodation providers offer their best deals when you stay more than one night. Often there are deals for stay 4 nights, and you pay for just 3. Especially in the off-season.
Travel in the off-season
Most often, the off-season is the best time to avail cheap deals. Consider the place you might want to travel to. Some places have harsh weather in the off-season. But if you dont mind some rain or added heat, then you would save a good deal of money.
Ensure the hotel has the Basic facilities
Does your accommodation have free WiFi, free airport shuttle, free breakfast, free cable TV, laundry facilities, a pool, BBQ areas, a tour booking desk, 24 hour reception? Is there a fridge, microwave, coffee machine? A fridge and microwave can be great for storing and reheating leftovers which saves money on eating out. Also great for families storing milk, juice and yogurts and other kids breakfast items to have first thing in the morning.
Want TravelbugDiary to help you with a Free, Personalized, Curated Travel Plan for your next big vacation?