Save money on accommodation when travelling

Save money on accommodation when travelling

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Accommodation is one of the big costs that you need to think about when travelling.  When you book a holiday or a trip away the chances are that this is one of, if not THE, biggest expenses.


If you can keep the cost of your accommodation down, then you will find it much easier to stay in budget.  Plus, cheap accommodation doesn’t necessarily mean poorer quality.


I travelled around the world with my family and we stayed in some incredible places, and all at an affordable price.  To help you achieve the same I have curated this list of tips to get you saving money:


A part of what you are paying for when you book accommodation is likely food.  Whether it is bed and breakfast or all-inclusive, some of the money you pay for accommodation is food.


You can minimise this cost by looking for self-catering accommodation and doing your own cooking.  All the tricks that you use at home to keep your food costs down you can take with you on holiday.


This doesn’t mean that you won’t get to sample local cuisine, it just means that you will do it occasionally and on a budget that suits you.



I am a big fan of Airbnb.  We have stayed in some incredible places all over the world thanks to that website.


Airbnb allows you to rent from individuals who may have a holiday home to rent or a spare room in their house.  This means that you can find some real gems and even get to know hosts if they are living nearby too.


Plan ahead

As always, forward planning can help you find good value accommodation.  That is not to say that you need to book anything in advance but it is a good idea to start looking.


On Airbnb and other similar websites, you will find that different stays appear on there every day.  If you start looking ahead of time you will be able to spend a few days/weeks searching until you find the perfect accommodation in your price range.


Stay with friends/family

Another great option is to reach out to friends and family who either live in the area or have property there.  They may be willing to let you stay.


We were able to do this a couple of times on our travels and they turned out to be some of our favourite stays, particularly when we got to spend time with friends and family too.


The idea of staying in a hostel might be off-putting but they really have come a long way in the last few years and are some of the best affordable accommodation on the market now.


With options for single travellers or family, they provide a range of amenities from breakfasts to bars to swimming pools.


Plus, they are a fantastic way to meet other travellers and share your experiences.  Nothing like chilling in a hammock around a pool knowing that got change from a tenner.


How do you save money on accommodation when travelling?

Do you have any top tips?  What were your favourite cheap stays?  Let me know in the comments below and I will add them to the list.

Disclaimer:  Remember the information you read here does not represent advice.  Any ideas or suggestions are just that and may not work for you.  Read the full disclaimer here.

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  1. Surabhi

    Great tips! Air BNB is our favourite as we can trust the properties listed.

  2. I love to travel and I hope that air bnb survives all this Covid new way of thinking. IT was such a fun idea.

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