16 ways to save on accommodation
One of your biggest travel expenses will be accommodation. I’m guessing that it’s mostly just a place for you to lay your head at night. Therefore, you’re keen to save money on it, so you can have more money for spending on things that will give you greater meaning and memories. The price of accommodation can sometimes mean an extra week added on or off your holidays. I’m sure you’d much rather it added on and at a decent price.
Here Are 16 Ways You Can Save on Accommodation:
1. Camp. Campsites are usually located in the best spots (i.e. beachfront views) and have all the amenities you need at a great price.
2. Free camping in the National Park. You’ve got to be prepared for roughing it a little, but hey it’s free.
3. Connect socially with your favourite brands. They often share exclusive deals through their Facebook and Twitter accounts.
4. Rent an apartment. They give you living space and a kitchen which can save on food and entertainment costs. Check outAirBnB – we’ve scored awesome deals in Australia with them.
5. Try Couchsurfing. I’m not sure if this would work for families, but you can always try, or harass a friend to give up a spare room! Check out Couchsurfing.
6. Become a housesitter. Housesitting has become popular over the past couple of years. It is a fabulous way to get free accommodation and perks like vehicle use. You may have to sit pets in return as well. Try Mind My House.
7. Take a Home Exchange. This one is great for those who want to live and work in another country. Just swap homes, and sometimes jobs, with another family. Check out Home Exchange.
8. Subscribe to eNewsletter deals. You’ll receive alerts and emails with some pretty awesome accommodation deals for the week.
9. Stay in hostels. They are becoming more popular with families and you will have use of the kitchen, which will save on food costs. They are also usually ideally located.
10. Stay more than one night. Many hotels and hostels provide their best deals when you stay more than one night.
11. Stay Sunday to Thursday. Try and travel when people do not. Try off-peak travel times and seasons to get great bargains.
12. Call the Hotel Directly. A last minute phone call directly to a hotel or hostel and asking about cheap rooms can prove fruitful. They don’t like having empty rooms so will discount.
13. Negotiate. Most front desk personnel are helpful and can give good advice on getting better rates.
14. Use hotel reward programs. Many brands have them and you can get perks like free nights or room upgrades. Hotels.com gives you one free night for every 10 booked through them.
15. Use your credit card reward points. Check the program for your particular card, you might be able to use your points for accommodation costs.
16. Use booking engine sites to search for the best deals. Lastminute.com is a great place to start.