Sourcing discount hotel accommodation
Finding good travel accommodation at discounted prices isn’t hard especially if you have internet access. You can even find luxury hotel rooms at greatly reduced prices depending on the time of year you are travelling.
Most travellers today book their accommodation abroad online due to the sheer choice of hotels available. However, there are a few golden rules that every wannabe traveller must follow when booking discounted hotel rooms online.
Always compare multiple websites
If you’re booking through a hotel accommodation website then research multiple websites. By using two or more accommodation websites you can not only compare prices for the same hotel but also check out customer reviews written by previous visitors.
Reviews left by former guests are priceless when it comes to giving an honest summary of what you’ll actually be receiving for your money.
Luxury hotels at half the price
The price of a luxury hotel room is usually way out of the reach of those travelling on a budget, but this isn’t always the case for everyone.
If you’re flexible with your dates of travel you can choose the vacation period of the country you are intended to visit. For example, August is the traditional vacation period in cities such as Paris and during this month you can easily find luxury hotels rooms with discounts of around 50% to 70%. Booking well in advance will also bring significant discounts on your accommodation.
Finding accommodation in remote destinations
It shouldn’t be too much of a problem finding accommodation in some of the more remote parts of the world. Whether you’ll receive discounted prices will depend on the amount of hotel competition in your intended destination.
Word of mouth is one of the best ways to find remote accommodation and travellers will spread the word via the many internet travelling websites. Get on the traveller’s forums, ask questions and find some great hotel discounts.
Beware of the scammers
Unfortunately some travellers who have booked accommodation online and have lost a great deal of money in the process, although such events are happening less and less frequently thanks to a crackdown on online scammers.
To avoid this happening to you, never pay anything upfront unless you are using a website that verifies your intended seller/host. There are plenty of websites that deal specifically with connecting travellers with private accommodation owners and using these sites will ensure you don’t lose money.
If you’re still a little worried about booking hotels offering big discounts then book through a website that only charges when you arrive. By doing this you can ask to check out the hotel room before handing over your credit card and if you’re not happy, you are under no obligation to stay.
Travelling is a great way to see the world, meet new people and experience different cultures, and it can be much more affordable than you think if you book discounted hotel rooms, so why wait?