Everyone deserves a vacation now and then – after all it’s good to break away from the mundane everyday tasks, such as doing the dishes, chauffeuring the kids around, and doing the laundry. The perfect vacation is often a scenic destination where friends and family can kick back, forget about domestic obligations and relax or have a lot of fun.
Regardless of how an individual prefers to let off steam, vacations can be really expensive. This is especially true of accommodation costs; however, having a great vacation does not mean breaking the bank. Believe it or not, there are plenty of great ways to find the best deal for any hotel stay.
Here are a few ideas.
Always compare prices
Shopping around saves money at the grocery store and on airfares, so why not do the same when it comes to hotels? Although the prospect of comparing hotels may seem daunting, there are quite a few websites that will do all the work by providing side-by-side comparisons. Doing a little homework before the trip can result in big savings.
Travel during the off-season
Another good way to find a great deal on accommodations is to travel during off-peak times. Vacation hotspots often offer incredible off-season discounts for the same luxury rooms. During off-peak seasons there are often fewer tourists, which means more opportunity to have a great time with friends and family without having to fight the crowds.
Book in groups
Traveling in groups is a great money-saving idea, since hotel group rates are usually much less than single rates. Vacationing with others can be a lot of fun and can also allow for greater savings on transportation and food expenses, since there will be more people to split the costs between.
Getting an upgrade
One simple hotel booking tip that many people do not even consider is to ask for the best price or an upgrade for free; remember that it never hurts to ask, even if the request is declined. A little communication directly with hotel staff can pay off, especially when it results in a room upgrade or a bigger discount on the nightly charge.
Bring snacks from home
Those enticing bottles of water on the table may not be complimentary; in fact, they may cost $5 each! Travelers are often caught off-guard by how much snacks and beverages from the mini-bar actually cost, so it helps to stay aware. Bring a small collection of snacks and beverages to the hotel to help to sate those late-night hunger pangs. Some hotel rooms even have mini-kitchens, where you can prepare your own meals. Checking out what facilities are provided by the hotel before traveling will identify where cost savings can be made.
Asking for a refund
It happens all the time – once the hotel is booked at what seems to be a great deal, the price for the same period drops. This happens to even the most experienced deal-finders. While it is not a good feeling, simply talk to the hotel. Explain what has happened and the hotel might refund the difference or provide a free upgrade to a suite or throw in a few extra perks.