If you have plenty of time for vacation, but you are not sure what you can actually afford – you shouldn’t worry. No matter what city you choose to travel to, finding comfortable and at least decent hotel room at a good rate might be a frustrating errand to run. The key to the castle lies in your ability to ask the appropriate questions. Most people use travel agents and completely trust everything they say.
The following list contains several tips that can help you making your away-from-home time cheaper. If you consider these tips, you can actually start saving money right away.
Using the internet is a great way to start. Most hotels and travel operators are doing business online, while their rates are falling more and more. This might not be the best way to make reservations for your trip, but it certainly may be more useful if you are trying to get better price on a hotel room. When you finally think you have found the best hotel deal there is, do not rush into booking it. You should stop and call the hotel you have chosen asking for their rates. Next thing you have to do is tell the desk staff about the offer you found and ask them if they can get you a better deal for the room. Actually, you have to understand that rooms that are being booked through online services are costing the hotel. This means that you have a good chance of making them shave a little off the price you just told them about, so that you make your reservation directly through their office. This however may not work, but you will still be able to make them upgrade your room in some way, so it is going to be worth it.
It might sound somewhat stiff, but choosing an itinerary for your travel will save you money. Your schedule of the places you want to visit should not be too tight. If you are not using your own car, you should know that city transportation is a cost you would not think of planning. For example, you want to see many sights on your trip. You have to find out where are the sights you would like to see, and if you have that chance – get accommodation in the center. You would still be saving from cabs, even if your hotel room cost you a little bit more, if it is in the center of the city.
Something else you should keep in mind is trying to find a hotel room with some kind of kitchen in it. Eating out all the time will be very expensive, without exaggerating. Having a “kitchenette” will actually allow you to save up to five times the money you will be spending for restaurants.
The final tip would be to compare the offers you find. Researching the particular place you want to travel to and calling some hotels, so that you are able to compare their rates, can actually save you more than you would expect.
Now you are ready to find great hotel deals when traveling in the last minute (interesting to know is that the Danish term is afbudsrejser). Grab your suitcase and get going!