There is nothing more exciting than going on vacation or simply packing up and becoming a digital nomad. After all, you will be leaving behind what you know to explore other countries that may be completely different from your own. The world is such a huge melting pot of races, culture, food and landscapes, it truly has endless possibilities. However, travelling can become quite expensive and if you’re working with a strict budget, then you need to learn how to save money while you travel and make the most of that budget. So, we will be looking at a couple of tips that will help you to save money specifically on accommodation.
The first tip is that you should book your hotel a few months in advance. The sooner you book your hotel, the lower rates you will get. This is possible if you know that you will be travelling a month or few months ahead of time. There are lots of great online apps and websites that you can use such as Kayak that will help you to find the different rates for different hotels based on your visiting dates. By booking in advance, you can possibly save hundreds of dollars on your accommodation, which is definitely nothing to sniff at!
Another tip is to stay at a hostel instead of a hotel. Many people think that hostels are dangerous, but that isn’t necessarily true. Of course, it depends on the country that you’re visiting and the area in which you want to stay. However, if you’re visiting a western country and intend on staying in the urban areas, then hostels in these areas are generally quite safe. Also, you can do some research to find the most popular hostels and read up as many reviews as possible before determining whether it is safe enough for you. By staying in a hostel, you can potentially save hundreds and even thousands of dollars, depending on how long you’re staying in that country. It is also another great way to meet fellow travellers and make lots of new friends.
Thirdly, you can save money on accommodation by couch surfing instead of staying at a hotel or hostel. All you need to do is visit the official couch surfing website and search for hosts in the country and area you wish to stay. Of course, you will need to create a profile on the website and be sure to make the profile as thorough as possible. You should always look for popular hosts that have lots of positive reviews. By using couch surfing, you will be able to get accommodation for free or mostly for free in exchange for help around the home or simply being good guests.
In closing, we have just discussed how you can save money on your accommodation when travelling. Each of the above tips work quite well and it all depends on how you want to travel and how much money you’d like to save. However, all of the above tips require some planning, so be sure to figure out your accommodation as soon as you can to get the most savings.