While most people love the idea of traveling, their finances don’t always seem to agree with their travel dreams. This is exactly why it’s so important to be an informed traveler, so you know the very best ways and places to find the cheapest holiday accommodation deals online. In fact, you may be able to save enough money that you can afford to also book a second holiday.
Here are some tips you can start using right now, so you can enjoy the savings.
Don’t Write Off Business Hotels
One of the first tips is that you shouldn’t automatically write off business hotels. Sure you may be traveling for pleasure, but did you know that business hotels often offer special deals and promotions during summer months? This tends to be the slowest months for business travel, so the hotels look to appeal to other travelers instead in hopes of still booking up.
Look for Last Minute Deals
Waiting until the last minute to book accommodations can often prove to be a big money saver. Experts suggest booking within the hotel’s cancellation window. For example, if the hotel offers a 48 hour cancellation policy, book your accommodations during that 48 hour time period of when you’d be checking in. You may be able to take advantage of cancellations by other guests that result in lower prices.
When it comes to last minute deals, booking online is the fastest and easiest way to find the deals.
Sign Up for Price Alerts
If you are partial to a particular travel booking website, then you can sign up for travel price alerts for dates you have chosen, or even a specific hotel. You won’t have to keep checking back, as you will get an email notification should any drop in price occur.
Make Use of Coupon Sites
There are a few popular websites that offer coupons for all kinds of services, products, and hotel deals. Sites such as Groupon are known for offering rock-bottom deals to some of the most stunning and gorgeous hotels. The trick with using coupons is that you have to be ready to jump on the deal the moment it becomes available. They are typically only available for a limited amount of time, plus there is usually a limited amount of rooms/space available. In other words, first come – first serve.
Investigate Apartments and Flats
Another tip is to expand the type of accommodations you’re looking into and check out apartments and flats that are available for rent. Often these can be just as cheap, if not cheaper than a full-service hotel. Because it is a full apartment you’ll have the added bonus of extra space, a full kitchen, and possibly laundry services right in your unit. This is ideal if you plan on staying for more than a week and want to be able to stretch out and relax.
Travel in Off-Season
This final tip really can’t be stressed enough. It is incredible how much you can save just by traveling in the off-season. Not only will you save money but you will have more variety when choosing accommodation because things won’t be booked up. In general you can expect to save around 30% just by picking the less popular travel periods.
About the Author:
Elena is a travel enthusiast who has been touring around the globe for years on a quest to discover new and exciting places. When she’s not traveling, Elena works with Short Lets Malta which specializes in providing spectacular places for people to stay while in Malta.