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14 Ways to Save Money on Your Travel Accommodation Expenses

14 ways to save money on your travel accommodation expenses.

Accommodation can be one of the most expensive parts of your vacation if you are not careful. Fortunately, there are a number of ways to keep the budget down. Here are 14 ways to save money on your travel accommodation expenses.

14 Ways to Save Money on Your Travel Accommodation Expenses

1. Look for a package deal

Once you have created your travel budget, you should have a pretty good idea of how much you can afford per day. Go online to see what kind of package you can get at around that rate. For example, booking flight, hotel and car rental on Expedia can offer significant savings.

2. Be clear about what is important for you and your family

If you are single, chances are you won’t care what your room is like because you will be outside of it most of the time soaking up the sights. But do check if you get stuck with a single supplement fee.

If you are traveling as a family, a suite with a refrigerator and microwave can help you keep the kids fed and costs down.

Remember, the less you spend on your room, the more you have to spend on other things.

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3. Consider staying with family

If you have any family in the area, see if you can stay with them.

4. Try Airbnb

Some of the properties are really great and a fraction of what you would pay for a hotel. Just be sure to check the location in relation to all the places you want to visit. You may need a rental car if you are not driving to your destination, which can add to the cost. Check for public transportation and typical taxi fares. You can use this link to place the first booking on Airbnb to get £25 off on your first stay of £250 or more and £10 off on your first experience booking of £40 or more.

how to save money on airbnb

5. Consider travel hostels

Hostels have come a long way in the past few years, and are clean, modern, and full of amenities. Some of them can be a bit out of the way, but their cheapness can more than makeup for location. Backpacker Hostels in New Zealand are a way of life and are used by people from 8 to 80, so don’t worry about being “too old” to go to a hostel. Just be prepared to share the kitchen and sometimes the bathroom, or pay more for a private room if available.

6. Watch your travel dates

Peak times will be during the holidays and in the summer in many locations. Travel in the off-season can cost a fraction of what it does at peak season.

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7. Bid on Hotwire or Priceline

You can get some great bargains this way. With Priceline, you can pick the exact hotel, but you will have an idea of location and rating. Hotwire and Priceline is a good website to buy your holiday accommodation package.

8. Beware of location

City center hotels can cost a small fortune compared to others a bit further out. So too can airport hotels if you are not careful. Consider the cost and availability and time factor in relation to public transportation and/or taxis to where you need to go (and/or car rental), and see what makes the most sense.

travel accommodation location

9. Loyalty programs

If you are a frequent traveler, join a loyalty program for the same chain of hotels. It can add up to a range of perks and might also get you a room upgrade at no extra cost.

10. House Swapping

House swapping is becoming more popular, as families who want to visit certain locations but still enjoy the comforts of home exchange with others. Just be careful of location, and do be careful of their property and your own valuables when you have anyone in your house.

11. Camping

Camping can be a great adventure. Campsites can be very basic, or full of amenities.

camping during travel

12. Caravan parks

Caravans are one up from camping in a tent. They are warm, dry, have a stove and fridge, and can be a fun way to enjoy a holiday by the seaside or other scenic locations.

 

13. Deals and discounts

Look for bargain deals, coupons, and more on skyscanner.com, and other deals website. You will also get good cashback from Quidco.com if you are the residence of the UK.

travel deals and discounts

14. Check the fine print

Before making any booking, be sure to read the fine print so you know exactly what things will cost.

 

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