Your quick guide to cheap accommodation : where, how, why

Accommodation is one of the largest fixed costs any traveler has. Decreasing this cost can help you to save a lot! The latter is particularly true if you are looking for accommodation of high quality. Thus, finding nice and cozy lodging for a reasonable price will inevitably have a considerable impact on your traveling budget and ultimately might help you travel longer and spend less.

There is a number of ways tourists can find a high quality place without paying a fortune for it. Illia and Nastia from Crazzzy Travel.

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Boutique-type budget guest house in Guanajuato, Mexico

Short term rentals

Short term rentals provide an opportunity to stay in furnished apartments while traveling the world. On average they are much cheaper than hostels or hotels and provide many amenities unavailable elsewhere. For example, an average Airbnb apartment has kitchen, free Wi-Fi, free parking, free shampoo and soap, iron, hair dryer, cable TV, etc. If you are going to spend a week or more in one place you can always ask for a discount. Usually an owner is ready to reduce the price by 30-40% if you are staying for more than two weeks.

Websites to look for the short term rental: Airbnb, Wimdu, Roomorama.

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Airbnb room in Puerto Ayora, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

 

Guest Houses

Guest houses are small hotels, usually run by local families, with simple, but clean and tidy rooms. This type of accommodation is the most wide-spread in Asia and South America, but you can also find them in Eastern Europe and Africa. There are no dormitory-type rooms in guest houses, so your privacy is guaranteed. In comparison to large hotels, guest houses are much cheaper and provide personalized service: in case you are not satisfied with any aspect of your room, you can complain directly to the owner living next to you. The best place to search for guest houses are either google maps, which help to locate them and read reviews, or booking engines.

Websites to look for guest houses: Booking.com, Tripadvisor.

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Guest house in San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico

 

Hostels

There is a common misconception that hostels are usually dirty, crowded, and overpriced. However, if you are ready to devote some time to dedicated search, you can find quite decent options. It is particularly true if you are looking for private rooms. Generally, hostels have around two to ten double rooms with private bathrooms. These rooms have much in common with hotel rooms, but in addition you also have access to the kitchen (which might help you to cut food expenses in half) and common area. Very often hostels are the only place where you can expect to find high quality service for a small price. So don’t overlook hostels, even if you do not consider yourself a member of the backpacking community!

Websites to look for hostels: Hostels.com, Hostelworld.

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Hostel in Popayan, Colombia

 

Next time you plan your trip, consider these options to decrease your accommodation cost. In such a way instead of overpaying for a hotel, you’ll be able to free up extra money for food, transport, and more fun activities!

 

Bio

Illia and Nastia are passionate about each other, traveling around the world and sharing their experiences at crazzzytravel.com and their Facebook page, a blog where you can find plenty of budget travel tips as well as practical information about numerous destinations. They have already been to 42 countries on 5 continents and ain’t no stopping. Visit their website to learn more about backpacking in the US or check their latest story about how they chased the Argentinian clown (who stole their iPhone in Bolivia) with the help of Peruvian police .

Cover photo via Flickr

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