Sorting your lodging before you pack your bags has its advantages. For me, it means that I can spend more time traveling and less time booking travel. Allocating a few hours per week searching for accommodation online in the months leading up to your trip also helps build extra excitement.
This puts the power in your hands if the price drops at the same property or another one. Simply cancel the reservation and rebook, then, lean back and cackle like the boss that you are.
It’s worth mentioning that pre-booking your accommodation around popular events and festivals is a must!
Booking accommodation when you’re on the road is a fantastic plan for flexible travelers. Other travelers I’ve met in person – not on the Internet – have recommended some of the best places I’ve ever stayed in.
Word-of-mouth is your best friend, as reviews are fresher than a $1 beach coconut in Costa Rica.
Not locking in the amount of time you’re staying in one destination puts the power in the hands of the backpacker.
If you let the owner of the accommodation know that you’re shopping around, this may provide a better deal, a nicer room, or bonuses for staying longer and paying upfront in cash.
At any given time, there can be thousands of promo codes available.
Try adding a simple app to your browser, like Honey. This cool little money saver automatically searches and adds the best discount code when you get to the purchase screen on popular sites like Hotels.com and Expedia – plus hundreds of other online shops.
Don’t always rely on the web though. If you’re planning on staying somewhere for a long time, consider calling the property and asking for a discount to book direct.
Knowing how to book cheap accommodation is one thing – knowing how to book the RIGHT accommodation is another.
First, ask yourself a couple questions to narrow down your choices:
1. What type of accommodation do you want?
This may vary throughout your trip – party hostels can be great, but so can a boutique hotel for a few nights to recharge and relax.
2. What’s your budget?
Be realistic, $10 per night might go a long way in Honduras, but it won’t get you through the front door in London.
Getting away from the hostel bubble is imperative if you want to have an authentic travel experience.
Beer pong and pub-crawls are great ways to meet people you’ll probably never want to see again. Try to stay local every now and then to create memories and friendships that will go further than your Instagram story.
It can be tough to link up with locals, especially if you don’t speak the language. Luckily there are a couple of great ways to do this online. Try Airbnb or CouchSurfing to break away from the backpacker trail for a few nights every now and then.
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