When it comes to traveling, lodging is one of the most expensive parts. That’s why it is pretty much a necessity when leaving town unless you have family or friends near your destination of choice. So here are some tips for saving money and spend only what’s on your budget planner when it comes to hotels.\r\n\r\n
Look for the hotel’s website for deals or special promotions. Hotels often run specials or discounts during periods when they want to encourage guests to visit (typically the off-season). It’s also a good idea to call the hotel and ask about anything they’re offering that might not be as clearly advertised.
Ask for included perks. Look for places that offer free breakfast, discounted meals to local restaurants, or free or discounted tickets to local events or tourist spots. Don’t forget to look for included basics, like free Wi-Fi or cable television.
NEVER go to mini bars. Snacks and drinks offered inside your hotel room may be tempting to grab because of their convenience, but they’re always way overpriced. Travel with your own food and beverages, or stop at a nearby convenience store instead.
Don’t book on holidays. Rates are highest during peak travel times. You’ll save more by traveling just before or just after this time – it can vary depending on where you’re headed to.
Always grab the upper hand. Some hotels offer reward programs that allow you to earn points and redeem them for free stays or dining discounts. Sign up for them, even if you don’t use that same hotel chain for every stay. Your points will accumulate over time!