Your hotel and accommodations are most likely one of the most expensive costs besides flight tickets while traveling. Every single stay can add up over time and truly bust your budget, depending on where you stay.
Most of us want luxury or, at least, something somewhat nice while we travel, and lucky enough we can get that as long as we do some searching around before we leave for our trip.
Here are some many options for finding affordable accommodations while traveling so that you can save more of your hard-earned money!
1. Switch homes with another homeowner for a certain amount of time.
This is very popular in many countries, and becoming more prevalent in areas such as the United States. This concept first grew popularity in Europe, and is still booming there and still used throughout the various countries on the continent.
This concept is great because you usually get more room than you would at a hotel, for a fraction of the cost, if nothing depending on the agreement between the homeowners. Many people like the feeling of being in a home rather than a hotel because it gives the comfort and cozy feeling of being at home, while not being at home.
2. Start traveling to places that are closer by, that you aren’t familiar with.
Visiting smaller towns can be incredibly cheaper, and obviously less touristy, but still provide the same, great feel you when you visit a larger city. You will even be able to find or discover new spots that most people don’t know of or have ever heard about.
Try a staycation out next time you want to go on an affordable trip!
3. Use travel booking websites.
Travel booking websites can allow you to compare prices and find the best trip for your taste.
If you’re planning a trip to Southeast Asia, like Indonesia, Thailand, or Philippines, you can use Traveloka to search for best hotel and flights deals.
4. Are you a fan of camping?
Why not try out camping as a form of accommodation? I would recommend buying a tent that is as light as possible since you will be carrying it around. Keep in mind, usually the cheaper the tent is, the more expensive it is since there needs to be better material to hold it together.
Dispersed camping is quite popular, and you don’t have to pay for it either as long as you don’t stay on a public campground that charges per night (which will be easily able to figure out from the campsite post or online). This is not for anyone, especially if you aren’t a fan of bugs or the cold, since it can get particularly cold at night depending on the area you are in.
Traveling can be amazing, especially if you know how to save money every way possible, including accommodation. As I mentioned above, accommodation can be one of the most expensive aspects of a trip, but as long as you educate yourself and cut corners when you can, it can be incredibly cheap and luxurious as well.
Do you participate in any of the above methods? What else can you do to save money on accommodation while traveling?