In the previous post, we took a look at how you can save some money and avoid spending more than you should with regard to airfare. This time, let us take a look at the other major cost associated with traveling – accommodations. Before we go on, let me ask you this – what kind of accommodation do you usually book? Are you the type of person who likes comfortable and luxurious hotels? Or are you the type who can “rough” it out at hostels and lower budget accommodations?
I suggest that you decide the answer in your mind and IF you do think that you could hack it out in a hostel, then you just might save TONS of money in accommodations. To be honest, I have not made up my mind with regards to this. I was talking to a friend the other day and she had just come back from a trip to Malaysia and Singapore. She was telling me that she paid a little over $10 a night for her accommodations in both countries! Compare that to hundreds of dollars that you have to pay in major hotel chains. One BIG drawback – some hostels have shared bathrooms.
Another thing to look at would be the policy of the hotel when it comes to baggage handling. This might be a problem if your flight is late in the afternoon or at night. Naturally, you would not want to pay an extra night’s fee just so you can have a place to put your luggage in. Ask the hotel prior to booking if they can store your luggage for a few hours for FREE.