The biggest travel season is upon us and people are scrambling to make plans to visit their favorite holiday destinations or to nail down accommodations near family and friends. Of course, what’s on the minds of most of the adventurous is saving money on their temporary lair. The idea of traveling is to get out and see the world so why would you want to spend lots of your dough on a room that you basically only sleep in? And with the current state of the world’s economy, it is more important than ever to get the most bang for the buck.
Once upon a time getting a cheap hotel room meant getting what you paid for, fairly grungy quarters with little or no amenities or service. Fortunately, these desperate times are leading the hotel industry to desperate measures and you can now get some really sweet deals on accommodations at nice to top notch hotels. These pleasure palaces offer luxury, or near to luxury, amenities such as pools, spas, nicely furnished rooms, conference rooms, and on site restaurants (which beats a bagel any day of the week).
Competition is fiercer than ever amongst the hotel giants. Cuts of up to 70% in savings are common and you can capture some golden accommodations in this war of winning your dollars. Here are some things that you can do to assure your lair is leisurely and your pockets are full.
Go Ye to the Internet
There are absolutely pages of websites that offer you quotes on the best deals in practically every corner of the globe. They all proclaim the best prices but don’t you dare believe them! Search at least a half dozen websites and create a short list. Once you have several of the best quotes scribbled, go ahead and give the top three a call and see if you can pit them against each other to offer you an even better deal.
If you are traveling as a family or group of friends, you might consider a villa, cabin, or condo. You can uncover deep savings on these as well through the above links and they will provide your troop with a home away from home where you can relax and kick back after a hard day of tourism.
If you’re an adventurous soul, you may opt to grab even bigger savings by staying away from the high tourist areas. Look for the places that are off the beaten path. You will be surprised to find that there are many jewels with a nice atmosphere and luxuries to boot hidden away on those back streets and they are even more desperate to steal you away from the big boys that crowd the beachfront or broad way. Check for these on the net or, if you know a local (or someone who claims to be), ask for referrals.
If you’re the very adventurous type, like the bandanna bearing backpacker or wave rider, and you’re only giving your gourd a nap, then you might opt for one of those hidden hostels. Hostels have come a long way, baby, and many of their rooms and amenities have risen in class with the times. And if you’re looking to hang with the homies, these places reek of hominess. You can find your hidden hostel online also. A good site with a database of over 30,000 locations worldwide is hostels.com (duh!).
So get out there and find that red, ripe apple of an accommodation, take a big bite of its savings, and sleep, beauty, sleep.