Everybody loves travelling during vacation time. But summers and Christmas vacation are not only expensive on actual fares for travelling, but staying at hotels is more expensive than at off season times. Good planning and a proper research can help with saving on hotel expenses. Some of the suggestions are given below.
As with airline tickets, hotel booking are also more expensive closer to vacation times. So the earlier you book the better will be the rates. It is also a well known fact that weekends always tend to be more expensive than weekdays. So a sensible plan would be to book into a hotel room on a Monday. But if you have made your decision very late then it would be best to look for last minute deals through internet sites like hotels.com or expedia.com. Smart phones too carry apps which can get you better deals. One of the popular ones is Hotel Tonight.
Keep away from Most Sought after Destinations
Many popular holiday destinations can be very expensive. Staying very close to them can cause you to spend a lot on hotels. So it is wise first of all to look for similar destinations which are not very popular yet. This is true of beach holidays and theme parks. If you do choose some of the most popular spots, it would be a good idea to stay, maybe at a forty or fifty mile distance from the holiday spot. Here hotel rooms may be cheaper and public transportation or your own vehicle can get you to the centre of the attraction in an hour’s time.
Do your Homework
It is easy to go through a website to book your hotel. But a smart thing would be to browse through sites like kayak.com to compare prices and find economic options. When you shortlist your hotels, you would do well to call them directly instead of booking online. The advantage is that you can ask for discounts available and also save on the fee which you would pay the booking agent.
Vacationing out of town does not always mean you have to stay in a hotel. Look for other options. Cheaper accommodation could be hostels where you may have to share bathrooms with strangers. This is best for the young and restless. When you have a family, you can consider renting an RV. One of the attractions is that you can make unscheduled stops at attractive towns or villages that you pass through thus adding to your joy of discovery. Sometimes, if you wish to spend a few weeks on holiday with family, it would be good to rent an apartment or a house on a weekly rate. This will give you the option for cooking a few meals which can cut down further on your budget for eating out.
Using Membership Cards
Most vehicle owners also hold AAA memberships. People often forget that quite a few American hotels offer discounts on AAA membership. There are hotels which offer discounts to military personnel and AARP members. Be sure to make use of these privileges.