Your accommodations are usually the most expensive part of any vacation. However, there are ways to reduce these costs and help you save big! I’m sure you have a certain level of standards for where you are willing to sleep, but no matter what you don’t want to spend a fortune on it. Since you have to have somewhere to sleep every night, reducing this cost can save you a lot in the total costs of your trip. Other than finding a cheap flight, getting inexpensive lodging will have the largest impact on your trip budget.
Luckily, there are quite a few ways that travelers can find a place to stay without spending their entire savings. Here is the first option for today’s travelers, and a few more will be posted in the next few blogs.
Hostels are a very popular option for young travelers, and a great option if you’re trying to stay on a tight budget. Hostels are a lot like the dorms you stayed in during freshman year, and the facilities are shared by all visitors. While some are for huge rooms with lots of strangers, there are many hostels that offer small rooms, single rooms, and double rooms for couples or people traveling alone. The myth that hostels are dirty, gross, and full of hippies is completely wrong, and many hostels actually have more amenities than hotels do. Hostels are most likely going to be the best option for budget travelers, and generally, the bigger the room, the cheaper the bill is going to be. However, if you are traveling in a group, you could get a room for your entire group and not have to share with strangers.
It is true that many hostels are more aimed towards younger travelers (some even set age limits), many of the larger international chains such as Hostelling International or YHA are known to focus more on group and older travelers. Many families, tour groups, and older people stay in hostels all over the world.
Basically, a hostel is a great place for anyone who wants to save money, and meet other travelers. Generally, hostels are secure, safe, and relatively cheap. Don’t overlook hostels because of the way they are portrayed in movies.
There are a lot of hostel sites that you can look at pictures, reviews, and see deals. My favorite is Hostelworld, as I have found they usually have the best inventory, prices, and booking is easy.
Here is a link to Hostelworld, the hostel booking site where you can search by city to find available hostels: http://www.hostelworld.com/
Check out the blogs to come for more tips on finding accommodations on a buget, and until then, happy traveling!