So you have decided that you want to get a passport and travel international, but you go on-line and become intimidated by hotel prices!! You think to yourself, “I’m already paying a lot of money on plane tickets alone, how am I going to pay for a hotel?” Don’t worry! I have a few tips to help you on your journey.
As a world traveler, I like to travel on a budget. Choosing a hotel can be daunting, especially when you lot yourself a certain budget. So I want to give you tips on how to find budget hotels. There are several factors that will vary the price of a room.
Firstly, the price will depend on which season you are traveling in. If you are traveling during the summer months, which most people do, expect prices to be a bit higher. However, you can still find a hotel that is reasonable if you keep these tips in mind:
Look at 2 and 3 star hotels. These hotels may not be the Ritz Carlton, but most 2 and 3 star hotels international are pretty decent depending on where you go.
If you’re traveling alone, look into hostels. Most people have an aversion to staying at hostels because you will be rooming with people that you don’t know and this lack of security can cause fear. However, as a solo traveler, you can save a lot of money and meet new people by staying at a hostel
If you’re traveling during the summer months, again prices on hotels can be a bit pricey. So if you are staying in a city with excellent public transportation, you can search for hotels that are 5-10 miles outside of the city center. Going a little bit out of the city center can save you some money. You may spend 15-20 minutes getting into the city, but the costs you will save can allow you spend more money on food and shopping!
If you are traveling in a group or even by yourself, look into renting an apartment. This is an alternative to hotels and hostels. People are willing to rent their apartments that have up to 4 bedrooms. Some apartments include amenities like free wifi and free international calling.
Searching for affordable hotels can be daunting. I know that sometimes I get overwhelmed. However, with my travel experience, I go to my tried and true websites that give me a variety of options to find the right place to stay. Here are some websites I use:
Hostelworld.com & hostels.com: 2 different websites, but these are my favorite to go when booking for hostels. You can type any city around the world and there will be a hostel for you!
Hotels.com: I like this website because you can sign up for their rewards program for free. If you book 10 nights you get 1 free. Plus they always have deals on their site.
Booking.com: this is my FAVORITE website because you book hotels/hostels/apartments based on your budget, neighborhood and mileage. Plus you can book without them charging your credit card to reserve.
Airbnb.com: this website is perfect for those who want to rent an apartment. I have also heard you can rent boathouses and castles too!
Venere.com: this website is also good for finding hotels, B&B’s, apartments and resorts worldwide.
Tripadvisor.com: you can actually book and find hotels, hostels, etc and get real reviews from people that have stayed in the hotel/hostel you’re looking to stay at.
Safe travels and don’t forget to download my new app at socialtravelrapp.com.
Pamela Creighton has been a Flight Attendant for a regional airline for the past nine years. She is also the creator of Travel Is My Religion™, a travel blog for solo and budget travelers. Pam also recently became the Founder and CEO of SocialTravelr™, a travel app that connects people at the airport while waiting on their delayed, canceled and connecting flights. Pam enjoys traveling to new and exotic places, to date she has visited 49 out of the 50 states in the USA and over 20 different countries spanning 5 out of the 7 continents across the world.