The economy across the western world is in tatters yet you still want to go on holiday. Nothing wrong with that but you will have to be a little more inventive in your planning and finding cheap accommodation is a vital part of that planning.
Singles and couples can normally find hostel accommodation at reasonable prices in most large towns and major cities. The old images of hostels as being scruffy and needing you to share rooms are largely a thing of the past. The new-era hostels are more sophisticated and offer all the modern facilities including internet connections.
You can also consider private “homestays” where the owners are happy to rent one or two rooms for a smaller price than the commercial establishments. Traditionally designed for students, homestay hosts accommodate families (and very often business people too). To take advantage of a homestay holiday go to Google where you will find websites from around the globe telling you all about “homestays” and how you will benefit from this type of cheap accommodation..
A trend of recent years has been for house swapping or home exchange. This arrangement is particlarly well suited for families and especially if you have pets. People house swap across the globe for both short and long term periods and for all sorts of reasons. It is even becoming more common to make arrangements for long weekend swaps so you can take your vacation in smaller chunks if that suits you.
The advantage of being able to cook your own meals in a proper home can lead to tremendous savings in your quest to find somewhere cheap to sleep. Additionally you get to know a little more of the area with any useful help the owners left you and the fact that you will be doing the shopping locally. Many times a car swap comes into the bargain so you save on car hire too. Just remember to splash out at the end of the week with all that money you saved, after all it is your vacation
Camping is a perennial favorite and will no doubt remain so. However with more and more people camping and demanding more and more of the home comforts this is not as cheap as it used to be. So like the good scout you are be prepared to do some homework to find the best deals before they get booked up. Renting a camper van or motor home .can save you a lot of money and you will have a lot of fun exploring new horizons and experiencing the sights and sounds of your travels.
Bidding for your vacation or holiday accommodation is another great money saving idea. If you want to bid on priceline.com or hotwire.com for example, be sure you know what you are doing or your cheap accommodation will not be cheap anymore. Once again do your homework and plan ahead. Go to Google and visit both betterbidding.com and biddingfortravel.com where you will learn to avoid common bidding mistakes and therefore how to get the best deals.
Look further a field. Think outside the box. If you are used to going to one type of place or following one type of activity think again. Your favorite spot and your favorite things to do will still be there another time but you may be pleasantly surprised at how you could enjoy going somewhere different and doing something completely different. For example, if you plan to visit Europe, spend some time in Morocco. Quite different, certainly but it is a cheaper option. If that is too drastic for you, instead of the Caribbean try Argentina, Chile or Costa Rica. These ar marvelous places to visit and all with very cheap accommodation.
If you must visit the big cities here is something you might like to try. Book your cheap accommodation in a smaller town outside the city and make it a treat to visit the city for your sightseeing and shopping. Find somewhere nearby using Google Maps. You don’t have to stay in New York to see Manhatten or in Sydney to see the Opera House. Sometimes when you do less, you enjoy more. Try it.
Before the economy improves you may have to make adjustments to your vacation or holiday plans. But that is all it is, an adjustment , because you will still have your vacation. Finding cheap accommodation is part of the plan and you can choose between hostels, homestay, home exchange, camping or even bidding for your whole holiday online.
Whatever you do, you will find somewhere cheap to sleep even if it is a tent in the desert!
Edward Kirwan resides in Southern Spain and with Danish writer, Dorte Holm Jensen, is co-founder of Finca Fantastica Travel.
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