5 Ways to Save Money on Accommodations around the World
Posted on: 16 October 2015 by Anna Murray
Travel can be relaxing, fun and expose you to new places, people, and ways of life. It can also be very expensive.
After booking your flight, planning your excursions, and arranging accommodations, the cost of travel can sometimes seem overwhelming. Here are a number of ways to save money on accommodations around the world that can help cut your costs to make travel more accessible.
1. House sitting
There are a number of online services that connect potential house sitters with homeowners who would like to have their property and pets cared for while they are travelling. They will usually allow you to stay in their property for free in exchange for making sure the property is maintained and the home is not empty while they are away. The length of the stay can vary anywhere from a couple of days to years, making this a great way to travel if you have lots of flexibility and enjoy slow travel.
2. Rent a Campervan or bring a Tent
This option allows you to combine your travel and accommodation costs and is great if you want to see a lot of sights in a large space. It is a popular choice for vacations in Australia and New Zealand, but in Canada and other less temperate climates, it’s only a viable option in the warmer summer months. By taking your accommodation with you, you have an opportunity to see more of the landscape and make as many or as few stops along your route as you’d like. If you’re not a fan of road trips, skip this one, but if you enjoy nature, it’s wonderful to wake up in a new location every couple of nights.
3. Hotel Reward Points
Collecting free travel rewards- and how to maximize your rewards points- has become a popular topic in the world of travel hacking. Most airlines now offer rewards programs, and many hotel chains have jumped on board in an effort to attract new customers and reward repeat visitors by offering free stays. Look into your favourite properties, or even ask at booking if they have a reward system. There are also a number of credit cards that offer sign up bonuses, which can quickly add up to free stays. As long as you’re paying off your balances, it’s worth exploring these options.
4. Work stays
Work-stays, such as those offered by the World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms network, are great if you have or would like to develop skills like organic farming, woodworking, or sustainable living. In fact, there is an increasing range of skills that are sought out around the world, so it is likely that you possess skills that many are in need of. In exchange for an agreed-upon amount of working hours per week, you are offered room and board. Many hosts also offer This type of ‘vacation’ can have lots of personal rewards, and can allow you to live like a local and really immerse yourself in your surroundings.
Hostels have gotten a bit of a bad reputation in past years, but from my experience and those of fellow budget travellers, there is no reason to be hesitant about staying at a hostel, as long as you have the right mindset. One thing to remember is that there are so many hostel options around the world, so you may need to spend some time finding the right choice. Some hostels are even family-oriented and cater to young children; others offer more of a party atmosphere for backpackers. They charge much lower rates than hotel chains or boutique hotels and usually have some sort of shared kitchen area which means you can also save on your food costs.
Wherever you plan on visiting, you can often save money on your accommodation by planning ahead before you book your flight. Look into the options that are available and choose one that best suits your itinerary and budget.