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How To Find The Cheapest Accommodations While Traveling?

Posted on 22 February 2018 by admin (0)

Finding out a place to crash can be a huge stress-inducing aspect of traveling abroad. Most people are scared of the big myth that you need to be rich and wealthy if you want to travel, don’t worry – It’s not true. In fact, traveling can be very affordable and cost effective if you have done your research properly. After deciding when and where to go, the next sensible step is to plan for an accommodation at your desired destination. Planning ahead will result in you being anxiety free in knowing you have a place to crash when you arrive. Look at it this way, it’s a fixed cost and you have to pay for it no matter what but you can significantly reduce these costs and save a lot of money (which you can spend on other activities) by doing some beforehand research.

As a matter of fact, last year, during my visit to Cleveland (Ohio, USA), with a bit of research I saved enough to rent a limo to the place where I had booked our anniversary dinner. Look at the benefits of a few-minutes simple search:

  • My wife was really happy, surprised and very thankful for making the day so special.
  • We got to experience some luxurious traveling. (These guys provided excellent service, do check them out at if you happen to visit Cleveland).
  • We did something special within the same amount of money without spending any extra.

Regardless of your taste in living, one thing is common among everyone; nobody wants to spend too much on living. Let’s discuss the available options and you can decide what suits you best.


This is the first option that comes to mind. Hotels offer private serviced rooms with prices starting from the cheaper end towards the most expensive ranges depending on the level of luxury offered and your own personal tastes.

Hostels ($5-$20 per night):

Also known as “Youth Hostels” and “Backpackers”, they offer cheap dorm-style rooms along with great opportunity to meet new people. Common areas such as a lounge with a TV and kitchen for self-catering are also included in most hostels. Although they have a young vibe to them, they offer options for single rooms as well for solo and couple travelers of all ages. They can be an ideal choice for living as hostels of today provide a clean and comfortable environment to students, families, tour groups and older travelers.

Guesthouses (Costs around $5-$50 per night):

Guest houses can be considered as something in between the hotels and hostels. They offer affordable rooms with no hotel-like service but the room sizes are quite decent as compared to hostels and come with privacy if you are a quite-liking person. Usually, kitchen and breakfasts are included in the cost.

Farm Houses (~$40 per night):

Staying at a farm is another great cost-effective accommodation option offering some in-house adventures. You can get involved and find out how the farm works and you might even get to milk the cow! These farmhouses can be very basic or offer luxurious stay as well, depending on their size and cost $40 on average per night.

Monastery ($0-50$):

Monasteries offer modest living; the rooms usually contain just a bed and a desk and the simple meals are cooked by the monks and nuns. They tend to be family-friendly places. The cost of living varies from monastery to monastery. Some monasteries offer you a place to stay for free and you can make some donation if you want to while others can charge up to $50 per night. They can be a really peaceful place to stay. Even if you can afford expensive places to stay, be sure to check them out just for the sake of trying them out.

Short-term apartment ($10-$50 per night):

The short-term apartment can be a regular home away from home as it offers a proper neighborhood and pool of local activities. It comprises of fully furnished rooms on weekly/monthly basis and includes a kitchen too. The cost of living diminishes greatly depending on the number of people staying in a single unit. It’s a very stable living option for both work and travel programs.

Host families ($10-$50 per night):

Local people with a room to spare in their homes offer it for a rental income. What better way to learn about the locality than staying with local family, Right?

After all, they are the experts of the local culture and the language. They also omit the need and cost of a travel guide. Make sure to build a strong relationship with them by participating in some of the daily house activities and off-course by keeping your place tidy and they in return will help you by providing you with all the cost cutting tricks and shortcuts to enjoy your stay to the fullest.

Camping ($0-$10 per night):

Have you ever slept under the stars? Well if you haven’t, you must try it. Camping has some great advantages; you can go anywhere you want to and aren’t tied up to a single place. But before you try selecting this option for your accommodation, some precautions are advisable:

  • Inform some friend or family member, that where you intend to go and for how long you will stay.
  • Make sure to check out, camping is legal at the site you have chosen to stay.
  • Keep noise to the minimum at night.
  • Clear your trash before leaving and leave the place spotless.

Camping can be really fun but find out if its possible in the climate of your chosen destination.

Methods for making reservations:

Walk up and book:

It is pretty straightforward to walk in and book a place to stay but this method is limited to hotels, guest houses, and other similar options. You can get a feel for the environment then and there to see if it suits your taste and needs. Along with the ease it offers, at times it can be risky too in an event of no availability in a busy season (which results in frustration when arriving at a new destination) or be priced too high for your set budget.

Phone Ahead:

It’s ideal to call and confirm before you arrive at your desired destination. You can still run into no availability but if you are sure to stay and like the costs, make a reservation to avoid it altogether. Get a local sim card for calling or you can enable international dialing on your home-country number. Don’t forget, it can be expensive sometimes so be sure to check out the tariffs.

Book Online:

This is the most convenient option for booking your accommodation. You can browse through hundreds (if not thousands) of accommodation options and compare prices to get the best deals. Make sure that you are using a secure internet connection to avoid any personal information and identity theft.

Canceling a Reservation:

Don’t forget to change or cancel your reservation if your bus or train is delayed and results in you arriving late at your destination. Reviewing the cancelation policy during booking will help you greatly to use the information should the need arise. Depending on how you booked, call/contact online the hotel or appropriate body to make the necessary changes or cancelations.

So, there you have it; a complete guideline on how to select your accommodation when traveling abroad. As everybody has their own unique experiences, therefore some options might work better for you than others. But you can’t find out unless you try, that is the only way to find out what works best for you. Remember, variety is the spice of life.

I wish you best of luck with all your travels!