When it comes to travelling, accommodation is always a primary concern that can make or break your stay. Price, location, ratings… So many elements have to be factored in when choosing the right accommodation on a budget! Luckily, our young and on-a-budget team at the Lonely Planet has made enough mistakes in this domain to compile a little guide for you, so read on!
1. Read reviews
There is no more trustworthy source than family, friends and peers and if your entourage doesn’t know any better, reviews are the next best thing. Whether the accommodation does or doesn’t meet its promises, reviews will give you a pretty good indication.
2. It is the very cheapest for a reason
Price is the number one factor for travellers on a budget, that’s a given. However, sometimes a few extra bucks go a long way and are worth the sacrifice. When checking out available hostels/hotels, choose the low to high price listing but beware of the absolute cheapest results. Most of the time, if the price needs to be the lowest on the market for the hotel to stay competitive, there must be a reason behind it (location, neighbourhood, cleanliness, something fishier?).
3. Location is worth investing in
It is tempting to go for cheapest reasonable option, but location will influence your spendings a great deal. Think about the transportation necessary to take you from your accommodation to the center (or wherever the places you want to visit are located). Check the price of public transportation and its availability and take into account you might have to take a taxi to get around town passed a certain time. Now do the math, is that cheap but remote hotel really your best option?
4. Choose hostel over hotel
If you are ready to trade a little confort and intimacy for a really good deal, you can’t beat youth hostels. Not only do they offer cheap spots in either mixed or gender specific dorms, but most hostels also have a common kitchen available to guests. Eating out being one of the first cause of ‘traveller-bankrupcy’, being able to cook and eat at the hostel will save you heaps of money. On top of that, hostels are a great place to meet fellow travellers and participate in organised activities!
5. Get a youth hostel membership
Whether you travel all year round or hit the road on rarer occasions, you need a hostel membership in your life. Hostelling International has over 4000 hostels in 90 countries and offers deals and price cuts to HI-members. Check out Hostelling International for membership prices and current deals!
Now when planning your next stay, take these essentials into account an check out our accommodation page for more tips, you should be all good to go!