Weekends, holidays and summer vacation are the days you don’t want to just stay at home, watch TV, eat and sleep. Special events like birthdays, anniversaries, graduation and reunions can also be celebrated not just within the corners of your shelter. You probably want to go out, celebrate somewhere else and take a day or two away from home and out of town. If that’s the case, there’s a huge probability that you’ll be needing a place to stay not a friend’s house, especially if he/she isn’t invited to your trip. You’ll be booking an accommodation.
The challenging part when it comes to booking an accommodation in any part of the world is the financial cost. There are a lot of hotels out there to choose from, but the question is are you willing and able to pay luxurious amounts? Let’s talk real. Even if you’re somehow who has the ability to afford much, you still hope and aim to get things and services with low prices whenever possible. What I’m saying is, whatever your financial status is, you consider the financial costs of what you’ll be getting.
Do you want the best quality and an amazing stay without needing to spend too much money? Sounds impossible, but it’s possible! You didn’t know? Now, you will. Check out these hacks for you to grab the opportunity for the cheapest and most affordable accommodation rates wherever you may be planning to travel.
Use Hotel Booking Applications and Sites
Aside from scrolling through your social media timeline, you can also check out hotel booking applications and websites. There are downloadable applications which present available rooms, cancelled room reservations and reservations being sold by customers who changed their minds. By the time the application offers the rooms, they are being sold at a discounted rate. Some sites also have alert options wherein you can get updates whenever accommodation rates go down.
Last-Minute Offers Aren’t Bad
You’d think that “last-minute” implies late and bad quality, however, in booking accommodations, that is not always the case. If you’re familiar with bread and pastry boutiques that sell their products at super low prices before the mall closes, then you’ll understand this easily. It’s like they have nothing to spend their products to, and so they want to make the most out of their last-minute offers for the day. Well, it benefits the customer even if you have to wait or feel like it’s already late. Booking ahead of time has a lot of advantages as well, but this one’s absolutely a wise plan. If you book weeks or months before your trip or actual stay, realize the likelihood that anytime, you might change your mind of something might come up; that’ll be problematic especially if the accommodation policies include no cancellation of reservation.
Search for newly established accommodations by surfing the net or asking locals if you’re not from that place. Most likely, because new hotels need to (or still need to) build their image and their name; they still aim to be the talk of the town and a must-visit hotel. To achieve those goals, they have to be fragrant and friendly. They have to provide what the people the customers need and look for, and that is cheap hotel room rate. Take advantage of their freshness!
Don’t Go with the Flow
As much as possible, don’t book an accommodation when everyone plans to do so. That means, if avoidable, just stay at home or somewhere else during holidays and summer vacation. Hotels have peak seasons times when their rates are also at their highest because they’re taking advantage of the high demand. Be practical. All your friends’ families being at a hotel during New Year’s Eve doesn’t mean you also have to be there. You’ll just find out that everybody’s there! Book yours when everyone doesn’t even care about leaving home. Watch out for off season rates to get the best of your money!
Nicole Ann Pore is a daytime writer for Holiday Inn Parramatta, a five-star hotel located in Parramatta, New South Wales (Australia). Travel is one of the things that interest her the most. Nicole enjoys reading and writing lists like must-visit places, famous places to eat and what-to-do's. She is amazed at the historical relevance of places, the diversity of cultures and the showcase of arts in different parts of the world. For Nicole, the beauty of this world is just breathtaking, astounding and something worth sharing. | Nicole graduated Cum Laude from De La Salle University-Manila, the Philippines with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts. “To God be all the glory”