When you are travelling, there are a lot of things that you need to get right in order to ensure you have the best time possible. One of the major concerns in all travel is, of course, the accommodation. You want somewhere that is located just right, offers up all the necessary amenities (and any preferred luxuries), has great customer service, and all at a fair price. It can be hard to come across those ideal places, and especially tricky when you are researching from home. Let’s look at some of the things you can do to find the best accommodation in future.
As we have seen, one of the most important things that you will want to get right here is the price. As long as your accommodation is affordable, and that you get a good amount of benefits from it, you will find that you are going to be much happier with your decision. So how can you balance this out, and ensure you find hotels and other forms of accommodation which are truly affordable and offered at the right, fair price?
One basic way is to make use of comparison sites. These are designed to find the best deals, but it is worth making sure that you check around with a couple of different versions of these sites, just to make sure. You can also save money by booking at slightly quieter times, and for less peak times of the year. If you are going at peak times, make sure you book as far in advance as possible, at least.
Remember too that there are very often a lot of discounts going around, so you should look out for those too. Often, just searching online for the hotel name plus discount can find it for you – but be careful to only use reputable sources.
One of the major signs of decent accommodation is quite simply that it is located in the best place for your needs. This is going to vary depending on what type of holiday you like – whether you like to explore on your own, or be right in the midst of things – as well as what destination you are travelling to. You might prefer the peoples park centre or you might be more likely to seek out something in the middle of nowhere. It’s up to you.
However, do make sure that you are thoroughly checking the local map and where your chosen accommodation is located on it. As well as just finding out where it is, you should take a look at transport links too, as it might well be that it’s difficult to get to and from the place in question.
In some parts of the world, the only option might be an expensive taxi. A particular preference for most holidaymakers is for hotels that offer free shuttle services to the local amenities, or even to the heart of the city you might be staying in.
Get the location right, and you are bound to be much happier with the choice of accommodation.
Have you heard of secret rooms? Truth be told, these are getting less and less secret as time goes on, but it is still true that most people don’t really know all that much about these options. To understand what secret rooms are and how they work, you need to have a basic grasp of the way in which hotels book their rooms up.
Essentially, hotels always overbook, because they can more or less guarantee that some people will always cancel – as much as 10% on any given day. So overbooking is a way of securing their profits.
However, from time to time there are going to be slightly too many cancellations, leaving the hotelier in a quandary: how are they going to fill those rooms up? The answer is this: they offer up these rooms at a special discount, which you as the customer can access via certain websites. If you have ever made use of ‘last minute’ holiday sites, you can probably book into one of these secret rooms.
Not only can this save you some money – but it will also mean you can book an exciting, mystery holiday at the last moment, thereby making the whole process just that little bit more exciting.
Consider Different Types Of Accommodation
Even if you are someone who loves the luxury and ease of a hotel, you should seriously think about trying out different types of accommodation too. You never know what you might come across when you are looking at different accommodation types, and it can be amazing how enjoyable these places can be as part of your experience.
You might want to check out hostels, for instance: although some people are worried about using hostels, they are actually generally clean and safe, and you can usually book a private room if you prefer. Plus, they are always cheaper than hotels.
Alternatively, you might want to look into trying out pods, Tokyo-style. Or you could see if there are any cute B&Bs in the area, or you might want to look at Airbnb and see if there are any interesting options there.
Sometimes there can even be rooms in castles and other unique settings, so it is really worth spreading your wings and taking a look! When you look at many different types, you are more likely to end up with the right one for your needs.
Ask The Locals
If you are ever travelling and you are looking for somewhere to stay, it often pays to find out some local knowledge. Very often, this will show up some options that you might not otherwise have come across, and you could end up saving a lot of time and money this way.
As such, it’s certainly something to think about, and it could mean that you ultimately end up in a much better position – whether you are travelling solo, with your family, or in a group of friends.